uring the COVID-19 crisis, the unemployment rate has skyrocketed to almost a new record high at over 14%. With the closing of non-essential businesses, companies are having no choice but to lay off their workers. Leading to personal financial crises within families all across the nation. Knowing if or when it’s time to file for bankruptcy is important in this time of crisis. Ruesch and Reeve Law are here to break down the facts and support you during this overwhelming financial loss.
During these uncertain times, it’s natural to worry about making your regular mortgage payments – especially if you have already fallen behind on your account, or if your family has suffered COVID-19 related job losses. The unemployment rate in Utah is currently at 3.6%, and 4.4% in the nation.
Chapter 7 is the most common type of bankruptcy for personal debtors. It is also referred to as straight or liquidation bankruptcy. Chapter 7 is most suitable, and most frequently used, by individuals, but can also be an option for businesses as a last resort to have their slate wiped clean. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is most often used by people who are far behind on their bills with unsecured debts to reset their finances.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy could also be known as liquidation, or straight bankruptcy. It requires the court to appoint a trustee. Who then takes your assets, sells them, and distributes the money to creditors who have filed the proper claims. They cannot receive payment without correct claims filed. Being the most common type of bankruptcy filed in the U.S., chapter 7 is still complex.