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Helping You Avoid Personal Bankruptcy

Aug 17, 2007
What makes a man fall into so much debt that he considers bankruptcy as his only option? A terrible handling of his finances is usually the case, though at times certain uncontrollable events like death in the family, medical bills, and other causes could be responsible for being in such a situation when personal bankruptcy is staring at you in the face. But it can be avoided if you can work extra hard to get things right.

Personal bankruptcy is a situation where you have to file for bankruptcy because for one reason or the other, you are unable to repay your creditors. It could be done in two ways. Either you file as bankrupt yourself or your creditors take you to court and in the course of proceedings you are seen as someone who can't pay back your debts.

There are two types of bankruptcy you can file for, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 wipes out your unsecured loans but if you have property you may lose it as it would be offered up for sale and used to settle your creditors. Chapter 13 gives you the chance, if you a regular income earner, to pay back the debts over a period of time under court supervision.

No form of personal bankruptcy should be taken lightly. In fact, you should seek to avoid it at all costs as it puts a dent on your credit history. People may hesitate to deal with you in future because you will be seen as some who cannot take control of his or her finances.

To avoid bankruptcy, you will have to take charge of your financial life. There should be less unconscious spending and more conscious saving. You would need to watch how you use your credit cards. Don't spend what you don't have. In fact you may consider swapping your credit cards for debit cards or at least secured credit cards. Secured credit cards are cash- backed cards. You can only spend what you have in your account, no more.

You can also opt for debt consolidation loans. Debt consolidation gives you the opportunity to consolidate your debts and get rid of them easily. Just find the right one for you and you won't have to consider the worse alternative. There are so many debt consolidation companies online who are prepared to help you deal with your individual financial problems but be very careful in your search make sure you deal reputable companies. Also make sure you have a full understanding of what they require of you don't want to replace on financial problem with another.

Avoid personal bankruptcy at all cost. Make sure it's your last option to consider when faced with overwhelming debts. Seek counsel from experts and let them recommend the best option for you.
About the Author
Craig Thornburrow is an acknowledged expert in his field. You can get more free advice on Bankruptcy and Personal Bankruptcy at http://www.thebankruptcyguru.com
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