It has now been several years since the recession, but like many Californians, you are still feeling the pinch in your pocketbook. You may have a steady job and appear to be doing fine to everyone else, but secretly you are struggling to make ends meet from month to month. It is understandable that your emotions are running the gamut from embarrassment to helplessness. Can a personal bankruptcy be the end of your troubles? How do you know when it is time to file for bankruptcy?
First, it can help to understand how the main types of personal bankruptcy may help you. Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges most or all of your debt, but you may lose assets to repay a portion of your debt to creditors, including your home and recreational vehicles. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy usually allows you to avoid foreclosure and keep your assets while you repay your debt over a period of three to five years.