Life after bankruptcy can leave some people a little lost. They may be able to sleep at night because they now have control over their finances, but many they worry it can happen again. One of the questions our Las Vegas bankruptcy hears often is can I buy a car after bankruptcy? At Luh and Associates, we’re here to give some bankruptcy advice.

What Happens After Bankruptcy?

Can I buy a car after declaring bankruptcy?

When people ask this, they usually mean something else. The real answer they want is how bankruptcy affects their credit score. It’s no secret that bankruptcy negatively affects your credit. Depending on the situation, some credit scores can drop almost 200 points.

It all depends on how long and out of control your debt was. Your credit score drop can be a figurative kick while you’re down. Despite this, yes, you can take out new lines of credits and loans. However, it will come by a steep price: a higher interest rate.

A higher interest rate can make paying off new loans difficult, but if you need a car, it’s sometimes the only option. The plus side is that financing a car is also a great way to rebuild credit after declaring bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Advice: Ways to improve your credit

If you need other ways to improve your credit after declaring bankruptcy, here are some options:

  • Secured Credit Cards
  • Apply for an FHA Loan when Applicable
  • Pay your existing bill before the due date

Need to Declare Bankruptcy in Las Vegas?

If you’re experiencing the crushing pressure of debt, give it the boot. At Luh and Associates, our Las Vegas bankruptcy attorneys can help get you out of debt. Schedule a free appointment at Luh and Associates today.

Whether you’re doing research or going through financial struggles, you may at some point experience a threat issued by your creditors: if you don’t pay what’s due to them, they’ll put in a court order to garnish your wages.

Many people have heard about wage garnishment, but they don’t know exactly what it is. Today our Las Vegas bankruptcy attorneys will explain wage garnishment and how to avoid wage garnishment risks.

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For many people, the thought of declaring bankruptcy is emotionally devastating. Everything they worked for is now at the risk of being taken away. On top of that, you may have stress and anxiety about what’s going to happen to you and your family. It can seem like a massive weight on your mind. Despite your justified concerns, it’s important to remember what bankruptcy actually is. Here are some tips on how to handle bankruptcy.

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You filed your petition. You spoke with your bankruptcy lawyer and bankruptcy trustee. Now, the time has come for the meeting of creditors, also known as the bankruptcy hearing. The meeting of creditors is the most important part of your bankruptcy process, so make sure to take it seriously.

You’ll have your bankruptcy lawyer in Las Vegas to guide you, but you should also be mindful of these five tips to make your creditors meeting run perfectly.

5 Tips for Your Meeting of Creditors

Don’t Lie

We already mentioned how lying or committing bankruptcy fraud can cause issues. However, during your meeting of creditors, your bankruptcy trustee will ask you to swear under oath. So, if you do lie during the meeting, you are committing perjury. Being caught in a lie during your bankruptcy hearing can cease your bankruptcy petition and incur fines. Don’t do it.

Besides, during your meeting, your creditors cannot harass or threaten you. They will speak to you cordially through your bankruptcy trustee.

Have Your Documents Ready

You’ll need your social security card and a government-issued photo ID. Your bankruptcy trustee cannot hold the meeting of creditors without these documents. Bankruptcy fraud and identity theft are a concern.

Other documents you need will include deeds of your assets, proof of income sheet and your most recent tax returns. On the night before your meeting of creditors, gather all your documents, so you won’t have to run around looking for them the day of.

Do Not Get Combative

A meeting of creditors should only lasts about 10 minutes. Don’t feel the need to unleash any anger or resentment against your creditors. Under the law, they cannot respond back to you if you speak in such a manner.

The point of the meeting is to never see or hear from them again. Relax and stay calm. Any argument will only prolong the meeting, and the trustee could potentially stop the meeting if it gets out of hand.

Speak to Your Lawyer

If you feel emotional or stressed out, discuss it privately with your Las Vegas bankruptcy lawyer. You hired them to guide you through the process. If you’re unsure how to answer a bankruptcy trustee’s question, ask your lawyer how you should respond.

Leave with a New Life

When the meeting of creditors is over, you will leave. During the time after the meeting, continue creating money-saving plans and find financial counseling. The time spent waiting after the meeting is reserved for any adversary hearings against your petition. They will also check for fraud on your part.

If you answered truthfully and did everything you were told, you will receive a Notice of Discharge from the court. Then, you can begin a new life debt free.

Need a Las Vegas Bankruptcy Attorney?

At Luh and Associates Attorneys at Law, our expert bankruptcy lawyers in Las Vegas will help with any debt relief and debt consolidation. Clear your bankruptcy today with Luh and Associates.

Life after Bankruptcy: Can I Buy a Car?

For all those opening your first line of credit, listen up. As bankruptcy attorneys in Las Vegas, we know what can happen when credit gets out of hand. It is an understatement to say owning a credit card is a massive responsibility.

However, if properly managed, credit can enrich your life. Whether using the card to buy a car or home, strict management over your credit card is key.

Avoid declaring a later bankruptcy—Las Vegas or elsewhere— with these helpful tips for first time credit card users:

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Not many people know that other types of bankruptcy chapters are available.

These lesser known bankruptcy chapters are called Chapter 11 and Chapter 12. How you qualify depends on specific factors, which requires the assistance of a bankruptcy lawyer in Las Vegas.

While our office focuses only on consumer bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy),  In an effort to keep the Las Vegas community informed on bankruptcy law, we will discuss these bankruptcy chapters in case you ever need them.   

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