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Bankruptcy Not Only Source Of Unsecured Debt Relief

May 21, 2008
For many reasons people may find themselves unable to pay off their debts and many loans such as those for cars and houses are secured by the lender holding the deed or title to the property. Most credit cards, medical bills and many other debts are not considered secured by any tangible property and finding unsecured debt relief may be is easy as filing for bankruptcy. This course of action may not, however be for everyone and they will have to explore other methods to find unsecured debt relief.

Obviously, the best way to find unsecured debt relief is to pay the bills on time, but that is not always going to be possible, especially when someone loses their job or suffers an illness that prevents them from working and paying their additional medical expenses. Many creditors are willing to work with people to lower payments or enable them to make interest-only payments until they get back on their feet and can resume meeting their obligations.

There are some legitimate debt consolidation companies that help with unsecured debt relief by contacting the debt holders and arranging payments on your behalf, often lowering the total monthly payment to be less than the aggregate total of all of the individual debt. Caution is required when choosing a company as some of them have been found to be less than honest in their dealings.

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Some folks may not be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and seeking unsecured debt relief through the court may not be possible. However, with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy most petitioners can keep possession of their property under a court-ordered payment plan structured around their income and normal living expenses. Provided their income is high enough to make the monthly payments, they may qualify for this plan and through the court.

As a last resort, if their income is too low to make the payments and their living expenses, filing for bankruptcy may be their only alternative to find unsecured debt relief. Any secured loans they have will result in the loss of the property and any assets they hold above the state and federal exemptions will be forfeited to the court to help satisfy their obligations.

Meeting with a credit counselor is one of the best ways to insure they not only choose the right method of getting unsecured debt relief but also to prevent the situation for happening again.
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