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Filing Bankruptcy: Relieving The Pressure Of Debt

Oct 9, 2007
Because of some reasons or others, if you have caught yourself in the heavy piles of various kinds of debts, you might be thinking about filing bankruptcy to relieve the pressure of debt. However, have you explored all your options or bankruptcy alternatives? You should note that the bankruptcy is going to be there on your financial record for the next seven to ten years. In this age where many things run on credit, a person with a bad credit score will have a hard time. So, are you sure that filing bankruptcy is the only thing that can bring for you the much desired debt relief? If you are not sure, it is advisable that you work out all your options before you go ahead and file a court petition for bankruptcy. It will help you decide whether your decision of filing bankruptcy is a right step towards earning you a debt-free life. It is important because of the fact that bankruptcy comes with lots of severe negative impacts on your future financial life.

Review Your Income And Expenses

The first thing that you have to do is to do an extensive review of your income and expenses. Your objective should be to figure out how much money will be left to you on a monthly basis after deducting all the necessary expenses the day-to-day expenses that you cannot live without.

Work Out The Possibilities Of The Loan Repayment With The Money Left

Now with the money left, you will have to work out whether it is possible for you to repay all the loans that you owe in the next three years. It does not matter whether you have taken loans for one year or six months, if you are sure that you can repay the loans in the next three years, you can negotiate with your creditors regarding that. Here, you should note that even your creditors will not like you to file for bankruptcy because that will risk the money they have lent and they may not be able to get their money back. Therefore, it is very likely that the creditors will readily agree to extend the loan tenure. However, they may increase the amount of interest payable, but again, the bottom line is that paying a higher interest rate is better than filing bankruptcy.

Availing The Services Of An Expert Credit Counselor

If you are not able to work out all these things yourself and you find things a bit complicated, it is recommended for you to avail the valuable services of an expert credit counselor. They will show you the way to avoid filing bankruptcy and pay off all your debts with the means available to you. They will teach you how to manage your finances accordingly in an effective manner.
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When you are neck deep in debt, filing bankruptcy seems the only option. It is true that bankruptcy helps you to get rid of debt burden and collection calls, but at the same time, it creates an indelible blot on your creditworthiness. This is why experts believe that one should consider all bankruptcy alternatives and ways to avoid bankruptcy.
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