White-Collar Crimes: How to Avoid Bankruptcy Fraud
Uninformed debtors can face bankruptcy fraud without intending to. Here are some tips to avoid being indicted for fraud and to ensure you adhere to the law.
Though some do it on purpose, unaware debtors commit bankruptcy fraud without even realizing it. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, it is important to educate yourself on how to avoid fraud to avoid legal trouble.
SEEK FOR A PROFESSIONAL HELP. Hire a licensed bankruptcy attorney. They can help you with your bankruptcy paperwork and they make sure you do not commit fraud by accident. Though you can file for bankruptcy without one, a lawyer is a necessity if your case is complicated.
TELL ALL, BARE ALL. Disclose all your assets. Failing to list all can result to the dismissal of your bankruptcy. In addition to fraud, you can also be charged with perjury if the judge concludes that you purposely hide your assets. Remember, you are under oath, so be careful on what you declare.
WARD OFF SCAM ARTISTS. Donít trust any individual or organization that promises to save you from foreclosure. The trick is letting the debtors sign documents that allow con artists to file bankruptcy under the debtorís name for a monthly fee. Once the bankruptcy case is active, the creditorís stop calling, making the debtorís believe that the debts are being paid off by the scam artistís company. Goodwill is very hard to find nowadays, so be careful.
FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY IN ONLY IN ONE STATE. It is a characteristic of bankruptcy fraud to be filed multiple times in different places. So even if you live and work in two different places or own a real estate in more than one state, filing bankruptcy in more than one state is considered fraudulent.
HANDS OFF TO YOUR CREDIT CARDS. Stop making credit card purchases upon filing for bankruptcy. Your creditors have the right to dispute any credit card debt you had, 90 days prior to filing bankruptcy. Having credit card purchases with the intention of having all your debt wiped clean by filing bankruptcy is a fraudulent behavior. Keep in mind that you are guarded by the federal law, donít abuse it.
Bankruptcy is a heavy blow to anyone in the business world. But it sure is worse to have the court summon you for a bankruptcy fraud.
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