How to Avoid Bankruptcy if at All Possible

By: Jon Arnold

Bankruptcy is when a person makes a legal declaration stating that one is legally insolvent. This article will deal with voluntary bankruptcy. This is where a debtor files a petition stating they are unable to meet their creditors' requirements.

If you have the notion that if you file for bankruptcy, it will be the magic bullet you were looking for to solve all of your debt problems, then think again! You are being badly misled by someone if that is what you think. Filing for bankruptcy can come back to haunt you for many years, and this decision is not something that you should take lightly.

This step should only be taken after you have given the matter careful deliberation and analysis. You should also do research to see if there are other alternatives available such as debt consolidation, grace periods, and loan deferment to see if it is possible to avoid bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy should be a last resort and not the first step.

First of all, there are some distinct disadvantages if you file for bankruptcy:


  1. Your credit history will be ruined for up to ten years. This means that you will not be able to get any credit, secure jobs, rent apartments, and order utilities among other things.

  2. Some people think that when they file for bankruptcy their debt will be eliminated, you will become debt-free and you will be able to have a clean slate and start fresh. Sad to say, this is not the case.

  3. You will find that after you file for bankruptcy, you will be charged a higher interest rate by banks and other financial institutions.

  4. A social stigma is attached to people who have filed for bankruptcy. You will find that family members and close friends will suddenly choose to avoid you.


How can you avoid bankruptcy? Here are several things to consider:


  • Do extensive research and explore other options and alternatives that may be available to you. You must humble yourself and contact your creditors to see if you will be able to work out another payment plan while you try to work out your financial problems. Tell them you want to try to avoid bankruptcy.

  • Explore options to see if you are a candidate for debt consolidation. This is one of the simplest ways to avoid bankruptcy.

  • You are going to have to forever change your financial habits. You are going to have to make sure that from here on out you spend less than you earn.

  • Lifestyle changes will have to be made if you want to avoid bankruptcy. There are many little things you can do to save money. Instead of subscribing to cable television, you will find that there are many good programs on regular TV channels that you can get by with just fine. Don't eat out so much, take your lunch to work, in order to conserve gas and save money limit the number of trips you take in your car and don't talk too long on the telephone.

  • Try to save as much as you can as often as you can. The more you are able to save, the better it will be for you.


Again, filing bankruptcy should be your last resort, not simply "another option" to consider solving your financial problems. Although bankruptcy may be your only option, you owe it to yourself to check out all your options, and to be aware that there are negatives that accompany bankruptcy, as described above.

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