Dealing with Foreclosure in Oregon
(c) 2009 Benjamin D. Knaupp
Attorney at Law
Admitted in Oregon since 1997
#7. Should I file for bankruptcy, and when?
Some attorneys are advertising bankruptcy as a way to “stop” foreclosure. There are two kinds of bankruptcy filings available to individuals for personal debts: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, and they both produce very different outcomes. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy will delay–but not prevent a foreclosure sale. The delay may be only 3-6 months. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows the debtor to follow a plan to pay his creditors over a 3- to 5-year period. Because a bankruptcy filing will stain your credit report for up to 10 years, it is often better to avoid filing for bankruptcy, depending on your total asset and debt situation. I can help you understand the different bankruptcy options, and whether bankruptcy is right for you.
Next up is part 8: How do the debts of a spouse or ex-spouse affect me?
For all 8 questions stay tuned for updates to this blog or go to my legal website. You can also watch my video explaining the 8 foreclosure questions in brief. If you live in Beaverton, Hillsboro, or Portland Oregon, give me a call with your questions or comments, or post a comment to this blog.