The economy has set records for the number of home foreclosures and late payments for mortgages and such. More people than ever are finding their credit scores drop and paying their monthly bills is a challenge. Personal bankruptcies are increasing. Small business owners are struggling along with the economy. When the economy slows down, so do the customers. Suddenly, the ability for businesses to make a profit is slimmer. Some owners are turning to business bankruptcy as something that just needs to happen. Most often, it isn’t that the business owner wants to file for bankruptcy, they feel that they have no other options. The creditors are knocking at the doors and wanting their money. The owners start to avoid taking phone calls because the amount of profit that they’re seeing simply isn’t enough to pay for the bills any more. There just isn’t as much of a profit to be made.

Business bankruptcy can be as difficult or as simple as you make it. Of course, the best way to achieve business bankruptcy is to hire a lawyer. Keep in mind, if you’re going to be including your credit cards on your list of debts to discharge, you may not be able to pay with a credit card. It is possible that the chosen attorney will require a retainer or a fee upfront. Depending on where your business is and what state you live in, it may cost a small business owner around $2,000 to file for business bankruptcy. Sure, you could save yourself that money and do all of the filing on your own. If you have the intelligence and experience to file for business bankruptcy, perhaps you can on your own behalf. However, it is always a wise idea to hire an attorney to finish all the details. If you don’t know the ins and outs of bankruptcy laws, hiring an attorney may save you a lot of grief in the long run. If the tiniest of details isn’t taken care of, it may just pop up someday in the future and come back to haunt
you. Have an attorney take care of as many details as possible. Make sure you check around for lawyer fees though. While court fees and paperwork may all cost the same, a lawyer’s time and own fees could end up fluctuating quite intensely. While you don’t want some attorney who isn’t organized and could end up messing everything up for you, you certainly don’t want to spend too much money on at attorney. Afterall, you’re considering business bankruptcy because you simply don’t have enough of money – not to accrue more debt to carry into the future.

Though choosing business bankruptcy can be a very emotional and difficult decision, it isn’t the end of the world. Know that times are tough and a lot of people are in your shoes and experiencing your same stresses. No regrets – move forward and learn from your experiences.

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