At King & King, we’ve worked with many clients who worry about declaring bankruptcy. They may not be sure what the short-term and long-term effects will be, they’re afraid it may be too difficult to file, or they worry that filing bankruptcy may take too long. One question we get asked quite often during our free consultation is: Will anyone know if I declare bankruptcy?
Your bankruptcy won’t be publicized
The bottom line is that although your bankruptcy will be public record, it’s not advertised in a newspaper. Just remember you’re not alone, thousands of people in the U.S. file bankruptcy every day. If you’re having financial problems that are seriously impacting your life, don’t let your privacy concerns be the only reason you don’t get a fresh start and a better future.
Your creditors will be notified
No matter if you file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the only people that will be notified are your creditors. The bankruptcy court sends out official forms that notify them you’ve filed. This gives you an automatic stay on all debt collection, which means that your creditors will no longer be able to collect from you. No more phone calls at work, no more letters at home – bankruptcy stops collections.
Your bankruptcy will be public record
Your bankruptcy filing will be public record. Bankruptcy records are available through a website run by the Federal Court System. In order for one to find bankruptcy records, users must apply for an approved ID and password. Once they have those, they must pay a fee to search for bankruptcy filings. Searching for a bankruptcy is an incredibly tedious process.