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Understanding the Pros & Cons of Filing for Bankruptcy

Most people think of bankruptcy as a last resort, reserved only for when all other options fail. However, there are times when it might be the most reasonable choice in getting your finances back on track. Sometimes, bankruptcy is the only way to stop a wage or bank garnishment, repossession, or foreclosure. While declaring bankruptcy is often thought of as the last case scenario, it can actually be beneficial in the long run. The end result of filing depends on your situation and the type of bankruptcy you declare.

When you’re facing huge, overwhelming debt, bankruptcy might be the best option. Pacific Cascade Bankruptcy can help you understand the pros and cons of filing bankruptcy as they apply to your unique situation.

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How Filing for Bankruptcy Can Help:

  • Completely or substantially eliminating credit card and other debts
  • Allowing you to schedule out payments for non-dischargeable tax debt
  • Letting you rework a vehicle that is worth less than what you owe
  • Providing alternatives to losing your home due to foreclosure
  • Stopping financially-detrimental wage or bank garnishment

Filing Bankruptcy in Oregon

Declaring bankruptcy may not be the best outcome, but it can help your situation. Our bankruptcy attorney can assist you throughout the bankruptcy process and ensure that no mistakes are made. Here is a general overview of the process:

  • Gather the appropriate Oregon bankruptcy forms and financial records
  • Attend a Credit Counseling
  • Complete bankruptcy forms and filing fees
  • Submit forms to Bankruptcy Court
  • Meet with creditors

Is Bankruptcy Right for Me?

To decide whether or not filing for bankruptcy is the best debt relief option for you think about your situation and speak with a bankruptcy lawyer. Below are some other factors you might want to consider before filing for bankruptcy:

  • Learn about all the bankruptcy options that are applicable to your situation. The most common options are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. If you are a business owner, Chapter 11 might better suit you.
  • Ensure that you are eligible to file for the type of bankruptcy you want.
  • The debts that are forgiven depend on the type of bankruptcy you file for. Understand which debts will and won’t be forgiven and if your credit card debt will be covered as well.
  • Be aware of how your property will be affected depending on which bankruptcy you file for. There is a possibility you could lose your home or other property like your car.
  • Ensure that your pension plans are safe (401(k), IRA, life insurance policies, etc.)
  • Ensure that those who co-signed from your loans are protected from making payments to your debt.
  • Understand that your personal life will be invaded. The bankruptcy court will need to know everything about your financial history. In addition, your friends and family may find out about your bankruptcy, especially in a case where your personal property needs to be sold in order to pay off your debt.

Take time to consider your alternatives. Bankruptcy is not right for everyone. To be more clear about it, get in touch with Pacific Cascade Bankruptcy in Portland.

Get a Seasoned Advocate in Your Corner

Struggling with substantial debt is difficult enough—filing bankruptcy on top of everything else can seem incredibly daunting. Pacific Cascade Bankruptcy is here to help you navigate the process. Thanks to our years of experience in bankruptcy law, we have a thorough understanding of Oregon's current bankruptcy laws.

Our firm is dedicated to assisting those in need. We have proudly helped hundreds of clients navigate the legal process of filing bankruptcy, conducting lengthy meetings and coordinating with service agencies. Notably, we have successfully helped a disabled veteran keep his childhood home by working through Chapter 13 bankruptcy and fighting for property tax debt forgiveness while simultaneously helping him devise a plan to avoid the same issue in the future with upcoming taxes.

Pacific Cascade Bankruptcy understands that every situation is unique, and we will work directly with you to address the details of your case. No matter how complex your circumstances are, we can help you find your best debt relief option. When you need help with Oregon chapter 7 bankruptcy, chapter 13, or 11, turn to our law firm.

Call (888) 981-9511 to request a free initial consultation with our Oregon bankruptcy lawyers.

Bankruptcy FAQ:

Can filing for bankruptcy stop a foreclosure or repossession in Oregon?

Yes, filing for bankruptcy can stop a foreclosure or repossession in Oregon through the automatic stay, which prevents creditors from taking collection actions against the debtor. However, this is a temporary solution and the debtor may need to work out a repayment plan or other arrangement to keep their property.

How long does the bankruptcy process take in Oregon?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy typically takes around 3-6 months, while Chapter 13 bankruptcy can take 3-5 years. The length of the bankruptcy process in Oregon can vary depending on the type of bankruptcy being filed, the complexity of the case, and other factors.

What is the means test, and how does it apply to bankruptcy in Oregon?

The means test is a requirement for filing for bankruptcy in Oregon that evaluates the debtor's income and expenses to determine if they qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If the debtor's income is above the median income for their household size in Oregon, they may be required to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy instead. The means test is designed to ensure that those who are capable of repaying their debts do so, while still providing relief to those who truly cannot afford to pay their debts.

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