You fell for the big lie, my man. The one that says you can improve your credit by going into debt.
Start-up business not doing well
I opened by own business about six months ago, and it's not growing at all. I'm a single mom, we receive no child support and my parents are helping us with all the bills. My biggest concern is the house. I bought it five years ago, and when I opened my business I did it with money from a home equity loan. What can I do?
The house is not the problem. You borrowed money to open a business, and that was no-no number one. You also have no savings — which is no-no number two — and now the business isn't making a profit.
You need to close the shop and go find some work. The money you make at another job will determine whether or not you can stay in your home. If you've got a mortgage, home equity loan and business debts hanging over your head, the chances of this are slim. You probably need to consider moving into a small, inexpensive apartment for a while.
If you do this, get your debts paid off and your finances back in order, you might be able to purchase a house again in a few years. I know the idea of giving up your home is hurtful, but when you get cancer you have to cut deep enough to get it all. Gina, what you've got right now is financial cancer.
And if you don't fix it now it will eat you alive.
What is a 341 meeting?
My husband and I filed bankruptcy last month. We now have a date scheduled for a 341 Meeting. What exactly is this, and should we be worried?
A 341 Meeting is basically a meeting with creditors. You'll go into a room with your lawyer and the bankruptcy trustee, and the creditors will ask you lots of questions about your bankruptcy filing in an open forum.
In 98 percent of the consumer cases filed, the creditors don't do a thing. The trustee may ask a couple of questions, but there won't be any big surprises. It's not like being grilled on the witness stand, and there won't be any trick questions.
It will be really boring, though, and probably take up most of the day.
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