Damage control. Make sure all the accounts you included in your bankruptcy are listed as such and show $0 balances if you filed Chapter 7. If a creditor continues to report the account as delinquent –which they shouldn’t- your credit score will suffer.
1. Raiding your 401(k). Don’t think of retirement savings as “now” money. It’s moneyyou’ve got to save for later. “Some people use their IRAs, and wind up in bankruptcy,anyway.” Even if you end up having to use it post bankruptcy, it will go a lot further towards survival of your family after bankruptcy;
1. Don’t leave out bank, checking, savings, brokerage, credit union accounts.2. Don’t use your credit cards.3. Don’t take credit cards cash advances.4. Don’t use convenience checks.5. Don’t make balance transfers.6. Don’t pay debts to family.7. Don’t pay debts to friends.8.
1. Don’t tap your retirement funds. One frequent mistake made by people in financial trouble is to take money out of a 401k plan or IRA in order to pay things like credit card debt. Retirement