The bankruptcy process seems intimidating. Many people believe that bankruptcy can hurt both their future permanently and their reputation. However, many bankruptcy myths can be dispelled.
An experienced Denver bankruptcy lawyer, David M. Serafin, will first explain to you the bankruptcy processm what bankruptcy is and is not, and how bankruptcy can eventually help your overall financial situation.Bankruptcy Myths
Among the most prevalent bankruptcy myths are the following:Myth #1 — With the Recent Changes to the Bankruptcy Laws, Chapter 7 is no Longer Possible
Not true. Even though the Bankruptcy Code changed in 2005, Chapter 7 debt relief remains a strong option for many in debt. With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, most non–priority, unsecured debts are discharged and you get more financial freedom.Myth #2 — My House, Vehicle and Personal Property Will be Taken if I File for Bankruptcy
False. With either a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a pending foreclosure or repossession can be immediately stopped. With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor can keep a house, multiple vehicles and personal property, if current on secured debt payments and if the property value is exempt. With a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, a debtor can also keep a house, multiple vehicles and personal property, through a debt payment plan, even the debtor is behind on monthly payments and/or owns non–exempt property. Our office will help you determine which chapter of bankruptcy (if any) option is appropriate.Myth #3 — I'll Need to Repay all Debts I Owe with a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Not necessarily. With a Chapter 13 payment plan, Attorney David M. Serafin can petition the Colorado Bankruptcy Court to reduce debts owed to certain secured and unsecured creditors to protect your real and personal property. Often, you can pick those creditors you wish to pay off in full. Typically, unsecured creditors get only pennies on the dollar over a three to five year period.Myth #4 — I can Only File for Bankruptcy One Time
False. Even if you have already filed for bankruptcy in the past, depending upon the circumstances, you can file for bankruptcy again although the relief obtained and the type of case filed may vary.Myth #5 - Bankruptcy is too Expensive
Not true. The Law Office of David M. Serafin makes the bankruptcy process easy for you. We guide you through the entire bankruptcy process and help ensure that financial future quickly improves.