Prior to filing bankruptcy, some people will try a debt reduction service or debt settlement service. The hope is that, with professional assistance, they can renegotiate their payment terms. The claim of these debt relief companies is that they have the ability to work with your creditors to lower payments, eliminate interest, and possibly even lessen the total amount owed. However, do debt reduction services really work?
Are your creditors suing you? If you are facing a civil lawsuit, you may want to consider filing for bankruptcy. In many instances, this will be your best option. A lawsuit can become stressful and costly. However, a bankruptcy will often ensure that a creditor never receives a judgment. This is because of one of the most powerful aspects of a bankruptcy, called the Automatic Stay. With very few exceptions, this injunction will stop the actions of creditors. So, a bankruptcy will stop a lawsuit.
Are you saving for retirement or currently retired? Overwhelming debt can place your retirement savings at risk. Consequently, many older Americans are using bankruptcy as a solution. Yet, people often worry that filing bankruptcy will place their retirement savings at risk. Will a trustee seize your retirement savings to pay your creditors? Today’s article will help answer if a bankruptcy will cause you to lose your retirement savings.
If you are married and considering filing for bankruptcy, you are probably wondering how it will affect your spouse. This is especially true if you plan on filing alone. There is a common misconception that if one person files for bankruptcy that the spouse is automatically responsible for the debt. This is not always the case.
One of the prime reasons that many people decide not to file for bankruptcy protection is a perceived harmful impact on their credit. Why perceived? It is true, a bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for 10 years. Nevertheless, not filing bankruptcy will allow your debts to grow, become charged off, and be sent to a collection agency. The fact is, despite the consequences of filing a bankruptcy, it will often improve a person’s credit situation, not harm it.