Question: I'm sure I need to file bankruptcy because I just can't make any more payments; I mean I'm running out of money. This month I won't be able to afford to make some minimum payments for my credit cards.
I had to borrow money so I took out loans and used credit cards because I got a divorce and it was expensive and we had a nasty custody fight over our daughters. Now I'm living in an apartment in Sandy Springs and I need to get a house because my girls don't want to come to the apartment because it's small and some of the people around are kind of shady. Some look like criminals, but they probably aren't, although there was a drug deal I saw in the parking lot. But I want the girls to stay over with me and I don't want them to be scared.
So now I'm looking at buying a house in Sandy Springs or Dunwoody, where my ex-wife lives. A real estate broker is showing me the houses.
But I'm planning on filing bankruptcy so I need some advice and what to do about the new home. I need to know about getting a new house. Can I buy a new house if I'm planning on filing for bankruptcy?
O.W. in Sandy Springs, GA
Answer: We counsel our clients to not make any big purchases shortly before filing for bankruptcy. The purchase of a house or even a car can certainly be considered a large purchase.
When filing a bankruptcy, whether a chapter 7 or a chapter 13, it is best not to spend or obligate yourself to spend a lot of money. The reason is that a big purchase can impact the bankruptcy and the bankruptcy trustee may object to the purchase.
We have had clients ask us if they could buy a house, car, boat or even expensive jewelry. We have advised them mostly not to until after we have filed bankruptcy.
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