Bankruptcy Myths

Most people have at least some wrong information about bankruptcy. Irrational fears hold people back from utilizing this helpful process. We hope that by dispelling some of these widely held myths, we can help you to determine whether bankruptcy is the right course for you. The initial consultation with a bankruptcy attorney is free. You owe it to yourself to call.

#1 - Bankruptcy is difficult.
While there are many rules in bankruptcy and the process may seem confusing, it is not so difficult that you should avoid the benefits bankruptcy can afford you. If you have competent lawyers representing you, the process should be straight forward for most consumers.
#2 - If I file, I will lose all my property.
Because of several exemptions built into the bankruptcy law, most people who file for bankruptcy protection do not lose any property at all. Those with substantial property can usually keep their property if they agree to pay back some or all of their debt.
#3 - If I file, I will never get credit again.
It is possible to rebuild your credit within months of filing bankruptcy. In many cases, clients report having an easier time obtaining credit after the bankruptcy freed them from so much debt.
#4 - If I file, I will lose my Pension, IRA, or 401(k).
In Illinois, these assets are generally exempt. You will keep your pension, IRA, and 401(k) in bankruptcy.
#5 - If I file, I will lose my job.
In most cases, employers will not find out about the bankruptcy, unless you choose to tell them. Either way, employers are not allowed to fire someone (or take other adverse action) for filing bankruptcy.

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