People will hear all sorts of things about a bankruptcy that simply aren’t true. Call the Bhend Law Office to discuss any questions you have.

Here are a few of the common misconceptions I run into frequently.

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Bankruptcy will hurt your credit score

People can immediately begin to repair their credit after they receive a discharge of their debts. Debts that you reaffirm (such as a house or a vehicle that you agree to continue to pay after your discharge) will reflect as a positive on your credit report. Additionally, people can apply for credit after they receive a discharge. It is possible to improve your credit score by as many as 100 points within a year of filing bankruptcy.

You lose your personal property

In most cases a bankruptcy will allow you to retain all your personal possessions. Bankruptcies are designed to protect your personal property from creditors. A bankruptcy will not wipe out all liens. You will need to continue to pay on debts where your possessions you wish to retain that are subject to a lien (common example are a house or a vehicle)

Everyone will know

Although a bankruptcy is public record, it is unlikely that people will know of your filing. Print media rarely report bankruptcy filings (this was not always the case).

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I can choose which debts to disclose

You must disclose all your assets and your debts when you file a bankruptcy, even the debts you wish to keep. All creditors are treated equally to prevent discrimination. This disclosure is mandatory.

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Bankruptcy will not affect my tax debt

Generally, income taxes three years older or more can be discharged in a bankruptcy if certain criteria is met.


Call the Bhend Law office to set up a free consultation to examine your particular situation.

1801 W 32nd Street

Building B, Suite 204

Joplin, MO 64804


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