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If you have no assets, then it's a great way to get rid of debt. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is FAST, and normally pretty cheap compared to what you get (all your debt gone). If you have assets, you may be forced into a Chapter 13 and have to pay back some debt. Answer I like Nate's answer. But, if by your question you mean "I don't have any assets for creditors to come after, so why bother filing bankruptcy?" then I would say that there still might be reasons one would want to file. For example, even if you don't have a home or car that is subject to a judgment lien, creditors can still garnish wages (but not Social Security). Or, creditors can simply hassle you constantly on the phone. Another thing creditors can do, in Indiana at least, is sue you and keep dragging you back to court every month or so to explain why the judgment isn't paid. Then, the first time you miss a hearing, the creditor asks the Court to put a Writ of Attachment on you, which is basically a warrant for your arrest for contempt of court since you missed a hearing at which your presence was ordered by the Court. So, just because you don't have any property the creditors can take away doesn't mean that you don't need to file bankruptcy. Please note that nothing in this posting or in any other posting constitutes legal advice; this is simply my understanding of the facts, which I do not warrant, and I am not suggesting any course of action or inaction to any person. ANSWER You should consider petitioning for your own bankruptcy if you have debts that you cannot afford to repay. A large percentage of individuals who petition for their own bankruptcy have no assets and use bankruptcy as a solution to their debt problems. However, bankruptcy is widely regarded as a last resort and should be considered only after receiving expert advice.
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