In these times of economic crisis, bankruptcies loom as a possibility among the unfortunate whose business calls turned sour, some who may have entered deals that did not deliver, or those who were just plain unlucky, betting on the wrong horse so to speak. It is also a time to be wary about insolvent companies and individuals that one may be dealing with.
Bankruptcies always leave a clear paper trail for those wishing to know whom they're dealing with and for those who would like to go through bankruptcy proceedings. Before filing under Chapter 7, there are at least three options for those unfortunate to be in financial difficulties. A basic step is a thorough review and investigation of the specific creditors one has to deal with. It has to be ensured through this investigation that the next step to be taken should be towards working out a solution to the insolvency and avoidance of any further financial woes.
Settling out of court with creditors is one option for those in the brink of bankruptcies. Through such negotiations with the creditors, some debts may be settled or paid at a reduced rate. It is best that one seek professional help from companies providing assistance on this type of settlement. One drawback of this course of action of settling out of court is a reduction in the debtor's credit standing.
A debtor in trouble may also choose to avail of the services of a debt counselor. Through this service, better payment terms may be obtained through consolidation of monthly payments and interest rate cuts on past due financial obligations. Again, the hitch here is that debtor's credit standing is degraded.
Borrowing with the debtor's home equity as collateral to settle short-term indebtedness, like credit card obligations, is an alternative consideration but which needs careful evaluation. This course of action could put the debtor's home in jeopardy, a trouble worse than ever before. The debtor has to be disciplined enough not to incur any further debts and that his payments to the collateralized loan are regular and religious so as to avoid onerous penalties.
There's one useful website designed to help individuals or companies whose financial situation seems headed for bankruptcy. It can be accessed at http://bankruptcyinformation.com which provides the pertinent US laws on bankruptcies. Through this website, a debtor could gain access to lawyers who give free advice to debtors in trouble on the best courses of action to take. These pro bono lawyers can help, if bankruptcy application or filing is inevitable, to determine the exemptions that may vary from state to state, or whether the best filing would be under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. A sleuth on the lookout for bankrupt or bankrupt-bound companies or individuals could also access this site for the probable courts where particular insolvency cases may have been filed.
While having sound legal advice is necessary for insolvent entities and individuals because of the bankruptcy laws that vary from state to state, in tracing paper trail of bankruptcies, a must-step is to find a public records service that works, to find what you're REALLY looking for!