Initially, declaring bankruptcy is not a quick process. Several months before the actual filing and declaration of bankruptcy is done, you need to make sure that any savings, investments, and assets are properly protected. If any attempts are made to conceal these assets, your creditors may be able to seize them. By consulting with an attorney that specializes in bankruptcy, this scary and stressful situation can be smoothed out.Bankruptcy is not the dreaded word it once was. This is due in part to larger corporations, which were once a household name, having declared bankruptcy in the past 15 years. While a person or business declaring bankruptcy used to be viewed as a failure, it is now recognized as a person or entity that has become a victim of the economy or a few poor decisions. However, bankruptcy is not to be taken lightly. If a person can recover from high debt and negative cash flow, they should make every effort to do so. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s little or no choice and it is the logical course of action.With the new laws and regulations recently passed, there are now new restrictions that govern who are able to take advantage of declaring bankruptcy. A financial advisor and bankruptcy attorney are the best options to guide you in declaring bankruptcy. Under no circumstances should anyone ever attempt to file for bankruptcy themselves. Even though you can find do-it-yourself bankruptcy kits, these do not take into account the complex finances with which the majority of us have to deal. If you try to rely on the internet or these do-it-yourself kits, the mistakes will be costly.If you are thinking about bankruptcy, you need to ask yourself a few questions. What will happen to my house and my vehicles? Can the creditors that I owe take my IRA or other investments such as mutual funds, stocks and bonds, or my savings? What about my credit report and for how long will it be affected? In what way will my credit be affected with those current credit cards that I don’t owe a balance? Will I be able to help my children get financial aid for college? Will my business be safe if I declare bankruptcy? Trying to find clear cut answers to these questions that pertain precisely to your individual situation is best left up to an attorney.When you do decide to seek out a bankruptcy attorney, just remember that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Everyone has fallen on hard times in the past. We all put our pants on the same way. It’s just that some of us have been extremely fortunate to get out from under extreme debt on our own, while some have needed a little help from a professional. By retaining a bankruptcy attorney, you’re just initiating a professional relationship just like you would with your hair stylist or mechanic.