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Bankruptcy: When economic growth leads to heavier debt loads

Many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere have experienced the burdens of debt at some point in life. Debt can come in numerous forms, each of which can have a substantial impact on a person's life. Regardless of how it occurs, those who experience similar hardships may find it beneficial to gain an understanding of the available outlets for relief, such as bankruptcy.

A person can experience similar financial issues under a variety of scenarios. A sudden loss of income or medical expense, or even a revolving balance on a credit card can leave an individual struggling to keep up with monetary obligations. Studies suggest that consumer debts continue to rise as individuals take on heavier debt loads despite the fact that job-related pay raises have seen little to no increase in recent years.

As the economy continues to grow, the price of living and goods may steadily increase as well. While this may seem of little to no consequence, if pay rates for many or most workers remain the same, any financial issues they experience may only grow worse over time. This could lead many to turn to additional lines of credit just to get by, which may only be a temporary fix and could do much more harm than good in the long run.

When faced with overwhelming financial burdens, one may wish to protect his or her financial future, but the process can be stressful and intimidating. Those who face a similar situation could find it beneficial to speak with a bankruptcy attorney for advice on the available options for relief, as well as their potential outcomes. An attorney in Ohio can address a client's situation and provide advice on how to pursue a healthier financial future through the necessary outlets.

Source: houstonchronicle.com, "Americans waiting on a raise, run up debt", Chris Tomlinson, Nov. 16, 2017

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