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The Reasons To Fight Filing For Personal Bankruptcy

Aug 17, 2007
Today's culture has seen an unmatched rise in the number of people who file personal bankruptcy. With the amount of consumer debt at an all-time high, a growing number of people feel that this is the best option for them so they can start over with their finances.

The only problem with this idea is that it does not change a person's behavior. Instead, it almost reinforces the irresponsible habits and behaviors that resulted in the debt in the first place. People who find themselves in this predicament and want to avoid personal bankruptcy will want to look into bankruptcy alternatives before making their final decision.

Bankruptcy is, in a nutshell, a person's inability to repay the debts that they have accumulated with any number of creditors. When a person decides to file bankruptcy, they are often admitting that they see no way out of the debt that they have built up.

This can happen over a period of a few months or several years and for a variety of reasons, including school loans, medical bills, and credit cards, among others. Many people encounter circumstances that make it difficult to repay their debts while others might buy a lot of stuff on credit with the plan of declaring bankruptcy the entire time.

For years, many people decided to file bankruptcy in order to rid themselves of their student loans. Unfortunately for some people, the United States has recently made laws that exempt federal student loans from personal bankruptcy status. This means that even when a person has declared bankruptcy, they are still responsible for their federal student loans. Currently, this is the only exemption that debtors cannot add to their bankruptcy, but certain circumstances can allow for special provisions in very few cases.

For those who want to avoid bankruptcy, there are several ways to get out of what might seem to be insurmountable debt. Several bankruptcy alternatives are available and they are worth the extra amount of effort and work in order to preserve your credit.

Since the United States passed new laws, it is almost impossible to have all of your debts simply relieved. Debts are more likely placed in a repayment plan with courts relegating a percentage of your income to each debt. The problem with this is that you can make deals with your creditors to make payments yourself without damaging your credit as much as a personal bankruptcy would do.

Even if it takes some hard work and effort, researching your financial options is of utmost importance for making the right decision. Instead of just allowing a personal bankruptcy to affect your credit for years to come, look into the ramifications it will have on your financial future.

For instance, it will always affect your ability to get a low interest rate when you decide to buy a home or for many other types of major purchases. The best thing to do is to pick up as much overtime and negotiate with your creditors in order to pay them off. Of course, it will take some extra effort on your part, but your credit rating will thank you for it.
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Mike Selvon is the owner of various niche portals. Our bankruptcy portal is a great resource for more information on the reasons to avoid filing for personal bankruptcy. While you are there don't forget to claim your free gift.
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