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Chapter 7 bankruptcy: Will you lose your car?

Unfortunately, anyone can experience financial difficulties. When an Ohio resident faces financial challenges that seem overwhelming, he or she might consider bankruptcy. However, if that person needs a car to earn a living, there may be a fear of losing it in bankruptcy. While Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidates most assets, there are steps that a consumer can take to maintain ownership of a car.

Bankruptcy or credit card debt forgiveness: What's better?

Ohio consumers with overwhelming credit card debt may have questions about the Credit Card Debt Forgiveness Act, particularly if they are unsure whether it will be a suitable remedy for their circumstances. Pursuing this as a debt relief option may be best for consumers who have debts outstanding on multiple credit cards, and want to get reduced monthly payments. It is also a method of avoiding bankruptcy but comes with adverse consequences.

The desired result may not follow a DIY bankruptcy filing

With the availability of online options and do-it-yourself instructions for just about every procedure, Ohio consumers who are experiencing financial problems may choose to search for remedies online. Online instructions may not cover all eventualities, and for a process such as a bankruptcy filing, obstacles may arise that need professional assistance. A skilled bankruptcy attorney can explain the pros and cons of all debt relief options and compare them with those of personal bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy: Which debts qualify as priority debts?

When the debts become overwhelming, Ohio consumers may have questions about their options. While bankruptcy is likely the most appropriate way to achieve financial relief, some so-called priority debts are not dischargeable. These include secured debts such as car loans and mortgages that are secured by property that creditors can repossess to cover unpaid amounts. In Chapter 13, payments can continue as part of court-approved restructured payment plan. However, unless a Chapter 7 filer can catch up with unpaid amounts, and maintain payments after completing the bankruptcy, those assets may be liquidated.

Bankruptcy vs. other debt relief options

The tremendous amount of credit card debt in the country is not only a national problem, but it also affects the lives of many consumers in Ohio. While bankruptcy is a viable option, consumers may want to compare the pros and cons of it with other debt relief options. The most appropriate first step is to make a list of creditors and the amounts owed to them.

Bankruptcy vs. debt negotiation -- myths and truths

Ohio consumers who have accumulated levels of credit card debt with which they feel uncomfortable may be looking at the available debt negotiation options. While some possibilities can be useful, the myths that surround this subject makes it difficult to make informed decisions. After considering all the choices, it may be wise to compare those with the protection offered by the federal Bankruptcy Code.

Bankruptcy myths of which to take note

Ohio residents who have lost their jobs, incurred unanticipated medical expenses, gone through divorce or any other significant financial hardships may be considering their options. While personal bankruptcy may be the better choice for many -- considering the protections offered by the federal Bankruptcy Code -- many misconceptions or myths are linked to bankruptcy proceedings. The first myth is that bankruptcy ruins the filer's credit record forever. That's not true. In fact, any other debt relief option could also adversely affect a consumer's credit score; moreover, offers of secured credit cards may arrive within as little as one month following a discharge in bankruptcy.

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.

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