Created December 2019
Created March 2015
Bankruptcy is a way federal court helps businesses and people deal with debt. If you declare bankruptcy, you may be able to get rid of your debt and start over.
Bankruptcy is not all good. It hurts your credit. And some employers may not want to hire you.
Filing for bankruptcy - the good and the bad
The good side of bankruptcy
The bad side of bankruptcy
1 Once the court has made a judgment, the creditor can ask for an ‘execution.’ An execution is the paper a creditor can use to take your car and sell it to pay the debt.
The creditor can use the execution to take money from your bank account. This is called “garnishing”.
The execution also means the creditor can put a lien on your home. A lien is a right to the cash value of your home.
When your home is sold, you must pay the people who have put a lien on your home before you can pay yourself. A lien holder can foreclose on your home and sell it to get the judgment amount.
If you have a homestead, the lien holder cannot force the sale of your home.