by Atty Piermario Bertolotto, Rizzo & Diersen, SC
Many events can force you into bankruptcy. These can include unemployment, layoffs or creditors being more aggressive in collection efforts.
Bankruptcy May Not Be Your Only Option
Since these events are often common, many people immediately consider bankruptcy because they’ve been told that bankruptcy is their only option. Or perhaps their bank has commenced a foreclosure action to force a sale of their home. Faced with that, many homeowners think they have no other option but to file bankruptcy and “let their house go.”
Many Options Are Available To You
That conclusion could well be wrong. Bankruptcy doesn’t have to be your only choice. In fact, in Wisconsin, it’s rare that a foreclosure of a primary residence is the sole driving force for a bankruptcy. There are many defenses, programs, and options available to you. Often, you can reinstate or modify the mortgage.
Bankruptcy Should Be The Last Option
Bankruptcy might be the only alternative. But usually, it should be the last option after all others are exhausted. It should be used only when there are many other negative financial factors besides a foreclosure lawsuit.
If you are thinking about bankruptcy, the first thing to do is to gather all of your financial information. Then strongly consider talking to a bankruptcy professional. You not only want to get advice but also discuss – in detail – all of your alternatives.
A professional opinion will give you needed information about the bankruptcy process, all the alternatives, and all of the associated costs.