In most cases, at least once. In the “341 meeting” (a meeting of creditors), a bankruptcy filer will be briefly questioned on the specifics of their filing. There is also an opportunity for creditors to challenge a bankruptcy filing and ask questions at this meeting. Generally, most creditors will not show to your 341 meeting but it is their right to do so if they choose.
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Nothing. Bankruptcies are available mainly to help debtors but under law it is a creditors right to know whether or not a potential borrower has filed bankruptcy.
Bankruptcies appear on credit reports for between 7 and 10 years and creditors specifically check credit reports for bankruptcies during loan approval determination. Bankruptcies found on credit reports will not prevent all loans from being accepted, but in general it takes years to build up enough credit after a bankruptcy for creditors to start disregarding the bankruptcy appearing on a credit report.
Bankruptcies have long been clouded in confusion and myth and much of what most people think they know about bankruptcies is false. Common misconceptions usually stem from third party accounts, exceptions taken as generalities, and pure misunderstanding of what certain terms that relate to bankruptcy mean.
When faced with significant debt, looming foreclosure, and past due notices it can seem like solutions are few and far between. However, there are many options that exist to help individuals afford unmanageable debt and bring their debt burden under control. Each of these forms of debt relief has its own advantages and disadvantages, but most require some amount of time, usually at the very least a month of waiting for creditors to process a claim or restructure debts. Surprising to most individuals, is the fact that the most immediate form of relief from significant debt, above $10,000 dollars, is a chapter 7 bankruptcy.