Bankruptcy is one of the lesser written about areas of the United States Legal system. Next to tax law, bankruptcy law is the utmost complicated forms of law and so seeking out an expert in the form of a bankruptcy attorney will ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date bankruptcy rules and laws, in addition to, legal advice about your unique situation. Nevertheless, doing your homework and reading a bankruptcy book is not a bad idea if you are planning to file bankruptcy or plan to meet with a bankrupt attorney to discuss it. The benefits of studying up include having a better understanding of the overall process, the ability to better articulate questions to your bankruptcy attorney, and have the best understanding of your rights when it comes to matters related to debt.
To the aforementioned credit, we’ve developed a short list to help a bankruptcy filer started with doing research on bankruptcy relief. The list isn’t, of course, exhaustive, but more of a jumping off point for books that cover Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: An Essential Guide for Understanding Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and When and How to File for Personal Bankruptcy
If you’re struggling with debt and considering declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, this is the go-to starter book for filing bankruptcy for beginners. This book could help you make the decision to file or not, and what to expect from the bankruptcy process, including questions for your bankruptcy attorney about receiving your discharge.
Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America
David Skeel, author of Debt’s Dominion explains the bankruptcy system in America and how the legal system has evolved to allow companies and individuals with burdensome debt to overcome the challenge and recoup a second chance at financial strength.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time
This book is meant for consumers, not lawyers, and offers a straightforward guide to Chapter 13 in everyday-English. The book helps provide both a thorough explanation of the bankruptcy process and bankruptcy laws.
Credit After Bankruptcy: The Easy-to-follow Guide to a Quick and Lasting Recovery from Personal Bankruptcy
The title of “Credit After Bankruptcy” by Stephen E. Snyder says it all. This is an excellent post-bankruptcy source of information about recovering credit after filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.
Bankruptcy for Small Business
A highly informative book, Bankruptcy for Small Business, gives readers the information on how to structure a business in a manner that will protect your personal property and how to rebuild credit after filing.
Bankruptcy and Related Law in a Nutshell
For those interested in a deep dive of bankruptcy law, Bankruptcy, and Related Law, in a Nutshell, is a common resource for law students interested in looking at bankruptcy practices and changes.
Personal Finance for Dummies
Personal Finance for dummies may not be specifically a bankruptcy book, but should help supplement the debtor’s education course required by bankruptcy law for anyone who wants to file bankruptcy. Additionally, this book goes above and beyond what you could learn in the hour-long credit course also required by the US Bankruptcy Code before receiving a discharge.
A good book can open your eyes to the intricacies of a process and bankruptcy books are no different. They should not, however, act as a substitute for sound legal advice. Contact an Ohio bankruptcy attorney before beginning the bankruptcy filing process to make sure that you haven’t made any detrimental mistakes that will end up costing unnecessary money, or needlessly cause you to lose property in the bankruptcy process.