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Ohio bankruptcy filings decline for 5th straight year

Anyone who has been paying attention to financial news lately has heard that the economy is improving, resulting in a much needed reprieve for many Ohio residents and businesses who have been facing monumental financial struggles in recent years. Perhaps one promising economic indicator is the nationwide reduction in yearly bankruptcy filings.

Feeling overwhelmed with debt while going through a divorce?

There are only a few things equal to or more difficult than dealing with large amounts of debt. One example is dealing with a divorce. Financial problems are frequently a source of struggling relationships. These financial issues often force individuals to deal with both a collapsing marriage and collapsing finances at the same time.

What effect does the means test have on my personal bankruptcy?

For many residents of Cincinnati, personal bankruptcy offers them an opportunity to resolve their financial challenges by eliminating debt through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Protection Act of 2005 introduced a qualification standard to be eligible for Chapter 7 debt relief.

How often can I file for bankruptcy?

Helen Keller once said that “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Many people throughout history have followed that axiom, sometimes failing multiple times along the way. Nowhere is this more plain to see than in the records of noteworthy people who have filed for bankruptcy multiple times: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and even financial wizard Donald Trump, all took advantage of bankruptcy laws more than once in their lives.

Will the court take my property if I file for bankruptcy?

For the individual, generally speaking, there are two different types of bankruptcy: Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. Each type of bankruptcy has its own advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages of Chapter 7 over Chapter 13 is that the debtor will not be required to enter into a lengthy payment plan in which payments would be made to the court over the course of three to five years, and the debt is discharged relatively quickly. Chapter 7 could be, however, a disadvantage to those debtors who own large amounts of property.

Can I file for bankruptcy on my own?

The main driver behind people's consideration of personal bankruptcy as an option for debt relief is that their financial situation has reached a point where there is not enough money to cover all of their obligations. So it may seem logical from a cost perspective to try to save money by going through the petition process on your own, without the help of an attorney.

Bankruptcy may be your first step toward financial stability

We've all heard comments that bankruptcy is bad and that it can ruin your life. This is merely a false negative stigma that has come about through the years. The truth is everyone deals with financial issues at some point in their lives and not everyone is fortunate enough to get out of it quickly and without some help.

What kinds of debts are not dischargeable under Chapter 7?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is colloquially known as "fresh start" bankruptcy. Unlike its Chapter 13 counterpart -- under which the debtor obligates himself or herself to repay at least part of his or her debts under a payment plan -- Chapter 7 generally completely eliminates or "discharges" eligible debts. In this way, the debtor is able to start over again with a mostly clean financial slate.

We know bankruptcy laws so you can focus on what is important

For most people, contemplating bankruptcy is something that they never thought they would ever end up doing. But an axiom of life is that it is not always fair, and sometimes bad things can happen to good people. A sudden job loss, or a catastrophic illness or injury and consequent hospital bills, do not always telegraph their approach.

You do not need to go through bankruptcy alone

There were a series of television commercials a few years ago that centered on the theme, “Life comes at you fast.” And when it comes to personal finances, this can certainly be true. An unexpected serious injury or illness, or a divorce, or the unexpected loss of employment can quickly capsize one’s ability to stay within a budget or even to pay for fundamental things like one’s car or even one’s home.

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