A Guide To Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability of individuals or businesses to discharge their debts. A declared state of bankruptcy can be requested not only by creditors in an effort to get what they are owed but also by the insolvent individual or organization. If it is difficult to repay debts, declaring the bankruptcy may be the right solution to debt problems.
Out of six basic types of under the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 7 is a “liquidation” of nonexempt assets to pay debts. In a court-supervised procedure, a court appoints a trustee who liquidates the non-exempt assets of the debtor’s estate and makes distributions to creditors. The Bankruptcy Code allows the debtor to keep certain exempt property; but a trustee will liquidate the debtor's remaining assets.
According to the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code enacted in to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, if a debtor’s income is in excess of certain thresholds, the debtor may not be eligible for chapter 7 relief. Filing a petition under chapter 7, automatically stays most collection actions against the debtor or the debtor's property, but potential debtors should realize that the filing of a petition under chapter 7 might result in the loss of property.
After Chapter 7 bankruptcy, one will not longer owe money on credit cards, unsecured loans, unpaid hospital, medical and utility bills and unpaid rent. But debts like state and federal taxes (unless they are more than three years old), child support required by law; alimony, government-backed student loans, debts due to fraud, fines, penalties and debts due to willful injury to another person or property are not eliminated by Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Just a few months after the petition is filed, in most chapter 7 cases, the individual debtor receives a discharge that releases debtor from personal liability for certain dischargeable debts. Thus, chapter 7 Bankruptcy is designed to give the debtor a new start and a chance to live with sound financial management.
An Average Credit Score – It Is Important When Borrowing
The average credit score is the rating that the 3 major credit bureaus assign to your credit report. It is based on your borrowing and repayment habits and depends on how much money you owe and how many times you have applied for credit. If you have a low credit score, there are ways of improving it. In general, an average credit score tells creditors that you are a good risk for them to lend you money.
Computing a credit score is a scientific process that Experian, Trans Union and Equifax use and each one has its own unique system. The credit score range is between 375 and 900, with around the 600 mark being the average credit score. In order to find out what your credit score is, you need to request a free copy of your credit report. This will give you an idea of what creditors see when they do a credit check on you.
If you find that your average credit score is below 500, then you are in the lower part of the credit score range. It also means that you have to take steps toward improving credit scores. For example, if you plan to look for a loan for a new car within the next year, you should start now by making a diligent effort to pay all your bills on time. If you apply for a loan, even if you are accepted based on your earnings, every person that asks for your credit score shows up on your credit report. This deters some creditors because they think you are a compulsive borrower.
The higher your credit score, the better chance you have of being granted credit. This is why you should always know what your credit report says about you and what your average credit score is. The credit score range you fall in not only determines whether or not you get a loan, bit it also determines the interest rate you have to pay. When you understand what creditors are looking for, you can work towards improving credit scores. When your average credit score is good, you will save money in the interest rates charged on the loan.
An average credit score is fine, although you can always do better.