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What should I not do before filing bankruptcy?

by | Sep 18, 2018 | Personal Bankruptcy

There are many things that you may do that could lead you to having to file bankruptcy in New Jersey. However, once you make the decision to file, there are things you should absolutely not do. Some moves you make could lead to further trouble for you. It is a good idea to be aware of these things so you do not end up causing more issues for yourself as you try to file bankruptcy.

According to the Huffington Post, one thing you should avoid doing is incurring more debt. This can be looked as being devious and considered fraud. The court may not allow you to discharge new debt in your bankruptcy. Also, avoid transferring or selling any assets. The court may see this as trying to avoid paying your debts and consider it fraud. It could demand those items back. Any fraud charge could end you up in criminal court, along with hurting your bankruptcy case.


If you will get a lot of money in the near future or acquire an expensive asset, then you should hold off filing. This can be seized by the court to pay back your debts. It is also not wise to start trying to pay off creditors or make large payments. You can make your normal payment, but larger than normal payments can be a red flag that you are giving special treatment to a creditor. The court could order the creditor return the payment. This information is for education and is not intended to be legal advice.


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