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Bankruptcy protection could lead to financial stability

Ohio consumers who have fallen on hard times due to any of the various unanticipated twists and turns life can dish out may be looking for ways to regain financial stability. Bankruptcy is often the most efficient way to achieve that. Knowing the consequences of filing for bankruptcy can help consumers determine if it is the best option for their circumstances.

Bankruptcy vs. personal loan to refinance credit cards

Consumers nationwide, including in Ohio, can be the victims of life's unanticipated twists and turns. Job losses, car accidents or other unexpected occurrences can ruin any consumer's budget in the blink of an eye. In many cases, consumers have no emergency funds, and the only answer is to use credit cards. This sets a debt spiral in motion as unpaid credit card debt is difficult to overcome, and bankruptcy may be the only solution.

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.

Careful consideration may be needed before filing for bankruptcy

Some Ohio consumers are overwhelmed with debts that may have resulted from unanticipated medical expenses or job losses that left them no option but to finance their daily living expenses through credit cards. While filing for bankruptcy may be the most appropriate route to go, it is a drastic step that needs careful consideration. Individuals may want to gain all the relevant information to enable them to make informed decisions that may determine financial stability in the future.

Small business bankruptcy must be carefully navigated

Small business owners who are experiencing financial problems may benefit from learning about the available remedies. The federal Bankruptcy Code protects individuals and businesses in Ohio and other states. However, filing for bankruptcy is a complicated process and must be carefully navigated. Things to gather before consulting with a lawyer about a business bankruptcy include an up-to-date set of company books and accurate financial records.

Unanticipated expenses can lead to filing for bankruptcy

Overwhelming credit card debt is not limited to certain income groups. In fact, in Ohio, it is not uncommon for families with higher incomes to accumulate more debts. In many cases, consumers choose to file for bankruptcy to obtain a fresh financial start. A family in another state explained their struggle to overcome their debt load.

Bankruptcy likely a better option than $5,000 gizmo

Many consumers in Ohio and elsewhere struggle to avoid spending. Credit cards make it easy for people to spend too much, and before many know it, they are overwhelmed by debt. An international robotics company and a fashion designer recently introduced a gizmo that is intended to help people conquer impulsive buying. The self-locking purse comes with a $5,000 price tag, making bankruptcy a more realistic and satisfying option in most circumstances.

Credit card debt -- a necessary evil that can lead to bankruptcy

Apparently, many millennials in Ohio and elsewhere are shying away from the use of credit cards. Mountains of student loan debt may be one reason. It also may be a response to the fact that many consumers sought bankruptcy protection during the recent recession because of overwhelming credit card debt.

Medical debts can be discharged in personal bankruptcy

Unpaid debts can have a detrimental impact on the future financial stability of consumers in Ohio. A scarred credit score can jeopardize a person's ability to obtain a mortgage, get financing for a car or rent accommodation. In many cases, the source of the debt is unanticipated medical debts, and, fortunately, there are manners in which the debt can be reduced, or it may even be possible to get it discharged in personal bankruptcy.

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