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Consider bankruptcy before draining retirement funds

Ohio consumers who are facing overwhelming debts might share the opinion that debts must be paid at all costs. It is often said that all avenues should be tried before filing for bankruptcy, though the most sensible remedy may be to file for personal bankruptcy before all assets such as retirement accounts are drained. Why would a consumer expose him or herself to debt collectors and other creditor's harassing actions rather than opt for the protection of bankruptcy?

Personal bankruptcy can provide a fresh financial start

Filing for bankruptcy in Ohio is a complicated process and may be best navigated with the guidance of an experienced bankruptcy attorney. He or she can explain the pros and cons of the different types of bankruptcies -- called chapters. Individuals typically have to do a means test to determine whether they qualify for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 brings debt relief within months, while Chapter 13 takes between three and five years.

Filing for bankruptcy may be a complicated process

Job loss is not something wished upon anybody, and the financial stumbling blocks may be overwhelming. Even if expenses are cut to the absolute minimum, with no income, there may be no money to cover debt obligations. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code may offer an Ohio consumer the opportunity to have some debts discharged, allowing him or her to regain financial stability. Filing for bankruptcy, however, is not an option to choose without being fully informed of the pros and cons.

Personal bankruptcy can put a stop to foreclosure

Foreclosure is not something that is wished upon any property owner, and Ohio homeowners may not realize that lenders do not usually start such drastic actions for a single late payment. A late payment notice may be sent, and if it remains unpaid, the mortgage holder may try to make contact to arrange negotiations to reach an agreement that may help the homeowner to bring payments current. Only when no solution can be found will foreclosure proceedings be set in motion.

Ohio consumers: Beware of creditor harassment by fake companies

Ohio consumers with past-due debts may have to endure many associated hardships. Even in cases in which payment agreements have been reached with creditors, debt collectors may become nuisances. In many cases, creditor harassment is committed by non-licensed companies that have no right to call consumers, and the calls often involve nonexistent debts.

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