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Dealing with Debts to Friends or Family in Bankruptcy

Yes, unfortunately, you do. Although a loan from mom or a cosigning on a car loan from dad is not an unusual occurrence, the bankruptcy laws seek to treat all creditors alike, which means listing all of your debts, no exceptions.

I understand how this might lead to embarassment or a strained relationship with that friend or family member, but not listing them can have serious consequences, not the least of which the denial of your bankruptcy discharge!  Here is how you handle it.

As part of the bankruptcy process, speak to the friend or family member before you file.  Explain to him or her that you are legally obligated to list the debt and have it discharged in the bankruptcy.

Then tell them that you have to list them, but that you will pay them back.  This will allow you to comply with the law and (hopefully) preserve your relationship with that friend or family member.

So What Do I Do?

Complying with all of the requirements, and staying out of trouble for running afoul of them, is critical to your obtaining a fresh start.

If you live in southern New Jersey and are considering filing bankruptcy, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation in my Woodbury office to discuss your case.

If you are looking for more information about bankruptcy, then download my free book,Top Questions People Ask About Filing Bankruptcy in New Jersey.

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Steven J. Richardson
Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.