Keeping Your Home In Bankruptcy

We Will Help You Make The Right Decision For Your Long-Term Financial Health

A common reason why many people avoid considering bankruptcy as a solution to unmanageable debt is the fear of being pushed out of their family homes. That's understandable, and it's true that not everyone can remain in their homes while restarting their financial lives through bankruptcy. However, many others discover it is possible.

If you are experiencing symptoms that bankruptcy is imminent, avoiding addressing the possibility is not a long-term solution. In fact, it typically creates more problems. If you wait until you receive a foreclosure notice from your mortgage provider, it may be too late. The smarter decision is to work with attorney Dallas J. Janssen and the experienced bankruptcy team at Janssen Law, PLC in Des Moines. We will review your situation and do everything possible to keep you in your home if that is a priority.

Some Factors That Will Help You Stay In Your Home

Because bankruptcy is designed to provide you with a fresh start, federal and state bankruptcy laws include exemptions that allow you to hold on to assets as long as they don't exceed certain values. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you probably will reaffirm a home mortgage debt. That places the creditor in the same position it was in at the time of filing the Chapter 7. But you need to be current on your home mortgage loan in order to reaffirm the debt.

If you are behind on making your home mortgage payments and want to keep your home, you should consider filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are allowed to place the delinquent mortgage payments into the Plan of Reorganization and pay them over a three- to five-year period. You also must pay the current mortgage payments timely.

Of course, you must have sufficient income to afford your monthly mortgage following your bankruptcy in order to stay in your home. This may be possible since you will discharge your other unsecured debts through the bankruptcy process. If your income will not allow you to make your mortgage payment, it may be a smarter decision to discharge your mortgage debt through bankruptcy as well. After all, the ultimate goal is to reset your financial life and eliminate the stress of unmanageable debt.

Other Ways To Resolve
Unmanageable Mortgage Debt

If missed mortgage payments are the extent of your debt problem, you may be able to resolve the situation without filing for bankruptcy. We can help you explore the possibility of modifying your home loan or obtaining a forbearance agreement that will allow you to catch up on missed payments.

Arranging a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure will not allow you to remain in your home, but it may provide for a dignified exit and help you avoid bankruptcy.

Work With A Lawyer To Clarify Your Options

As you can see, the question of whether you will be able to stay in your home and resolve your financial problems is a complex one. You must weigh that objective against the larger goal of rebuilding a strong financial foundation. The best way to get a clear sense of your options is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney like Dallas Janssen.

We invite you to schedule a free one-hour consultation in which we will answer your questions, review your situation and provide a candid assessment. Call 515-421-9068 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. We work with clients throughout Polk County and all of Central Iowa from our office in Des Moines.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.