Upon filing for bankruptcy protection, an automatic stay is put in place. This means that creditors can not try and collect from you. So a creditor cannot call you to request payment, send bills to you, garnish your wages anymore, or repossess your car without court permission. If there is a foreclosure suit against you, that suit must also stop immediately. If your home is sold and you filed prior to the sale, that sale can be vacated. Obviously, this is a powerful tool bankruptcy. Many people file to stop creditors from taking actions against them or their property.
The automatic stay will remain in effect until one of the following things occurs:
1. A creditor petitions the court for relief from automatic stay and the court enters an order granting it;
2. You receive a discharge in your bankruptcy case; or 3. Your case is dismissed.
If you have creditors that you would like to keep at bay by filing for bankruptcy and getting automatic stay protection, contact a Jacksonville Bankruptcy Attorney today for a free consultation to discuss your specific case.