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November 2016 Archives

Debt collector seeks $275 for $75 outstanding bill

Sometimes, small mistakes can turn out to cause significant damage to a consumer's credit. Every time a creditor sells an unpaid debt to another collection agency -- which is quite common -- it may show as a separate debt on the individual's credit report. Consumers in Ohio must know their rights, including what behavior of a debt collector is illegal.

Can small business bankruptcy prevent closing the doors?

Many small business owners in Ohio open their new ventures with high expectations of success. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances sometimes lead to financial difficulties that are insurmountable. While small business bankruptcy is an option, deciding which bankruptcy chapter would be the most appropriate filing can be challenging.

Excessive interest on store credit cards can lead to bankruptcy

Some consumers in Ohio have accumulated mountains of debts on store credit cards, and with the holiday shopping season coming up, there will once again be many tempting offers. Signing up for these credit cards typically includes irresistible rewards, and the marketers advertise the benefits in bright lights but never mention the negative aspects of the offers. Many a bankruptcy filing has followed overwhelming store card debt.

Can anybody file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Although the intention of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is to give consumers in Ohio and other states the opportunity to regain financial stability, it also wants to make sure that those who can pay at least some debts do not get them all discharged. That is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Chapter 7 calls for liquidation of some assets to pay creditors and the discharge of unsecured debts, such as medical and credit card debts. Chapter 13 allows those with a regular income to reorganize their payments into a court-approved payment plan that allows a period of between three and five years to pay debts before remaining balances are considered for discharge.

Steps can be taken to avoid bankruptcy by reducing business debt

Entrepreneurs in Ohio who established small businesses with great intentions and high hopes of success will naturally be devastated if financial difficulties become overwhelming. While their first inclination may be to file for bankruptcy to eliminate business debt, it may be best to first consider other available options. Important decisions are always better made once all the relative information is available and the pros and cons of each choice are carefully evaluated.

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