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How Do You Know When You Should File Bankruptcy?

I got the idea in the back of my head that the very last thing any person wants to do is file for bankruptcy protection. When they get around to finally calling their attorney, on average, they have waited 2 to 3 years longer then they should have before filing a bankruptcy.

During this time they haven’t answered their phones or jump when it rings, haven’t opened mail, dreading when the doorbell rings and maintain their financial secrets from friends and family.

There is no bright line rule for determining when a person should file for bankruptcy protection. I have attached a list of indicators when filing a bankruptcy is probably in a person’s best interest.

Home foreclosure or car repossession. Your credit is already destroyed by now anyway. Also the creditor is bound to file a lawsuit in a year or two for the deficiency from the resale of home or car, if there is any.
Garnishments or a tax levy. If you are unable to pay a creditor unless forced to do so by a court order, usually means then other creditors cannot be paid.
You have stopped paying bills. If you cannot pay the debt, why leave it hanging over your head for future problems.
Have more debt then you can foreseeable pay off or borrowing money to pay off loans.

While your credit still may be ok, if your debt structure is to large to pay off in the foreseeable future all you’re really doing is moving furniture around on the Titanic. Ask yourself where your ship is really going.

The Law Firm of Gene Turnwald, P.C. will help you determine the best solution for your financial situation. If you are seriously considering foreclosure, contact Lansing Bankruptcy Attorney, Gene F. Turnwald, for a free consultation. Mr. Turnwald may be reached at (517) 347-6700 or through the firm’s website,

About the Author:
About the Law Office of Bankruptcy Attorney Gene F. Turnwald, P.C.:
Specializing in criminal defense, divorce, personal injury and bankruptcy, the Law Office of Gene F. Turnwald is based in Okemos, Michigan. A graduate of Michigan State University, B.A., Mr. Turnwald attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. College, and was admitted to the Michigan and U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1996. Mr. Turnwald may be reached at (517) 347-6700 or through the firm’s website,
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