When necessary, filing for personal bankruptcy is an excellent way of getting a “fresh start” by discharging debts while keeping exempt assets. The laws give Massachusetts residents ample exemptions, including the Massachusetts Homestead Exemption, while allowing folks to discharge most consumer debts and old taxes.
First, let’s set the record straight. Donald Trump, the man (and Republican Party presidential candidate), has never filed personal bankruptcy. On the other hand, his casino business has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in bankruptcy a record four times in the past 30 years! While it is legal for corporations to file for bankruptcy, and they often emerge stronger, keeping key employees and business, it certainly raises some questions about the chief executives’ ability to manage a large entity successfully. Furthermore, the debts owed to lenders, employees and creditors are either wiped out or reduced.