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Do these things before filing for bankruptcy

There may come a point when you realize that filing for bankruptcy is the only way to improve your finances. If you find yourself in this position, you need to take all the right steps at all the right times.

Here are some of the many things you should do before filing for bankruptcy:

  • Take one last look at your alternatives. You only want to move forward with bankruptcy once you know that every other option is out of the question.
  • Understand the impact on your future. There are both pros and cons to each type of bankruptcy, so make sure you know how it will impact your future.
  • Gather everything you need. Filing for bankruptcy begins with collecting quite a few financial documents. Get all these in order so you can hit the ground running.
  • Consider obtaining help. You can file for bankruptcy on your own, but this can be extremely challenging. It's typically best to consult with a legal professional who can keep you on track.
  • Prepare for the future. Bankruptcy is a great way to get a fresh start, but you don't want to slip back into your old ways. You should do whatever it takes to build better financial habits.

These are not the only things you need to do before filing for bankruptcy, but they are among the most important. Once you feel good about this process, it's time to get everything in order and move forward. It's not the easiest decision you will ever make, but when everything is said and done you'll feel better about your financial future.

Source: LearnVest, "5 Steps to Take Before You File Bankruptcy," accessed Aug. 14, 2017

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