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Prevent Bankruptcy By Seeking Help Through A Non-profit Debt Counselor

Dec 9, 2007
For many Americans, it is believed that the people who file bankruptcy are irresponsible with money, which all filers are living outside of their means and flat out refuse to make bill payments. While there are unfortunate cases in which these instances have been found to be true, the majority of Bankruptcy causes are uncontrollable. There are seven main factors that can lead to a person filing bankruptcy.

The seven main factors are listed from the main cause to the least likely cause of bankruptcy. Credit card debt is the most likely cause of bankruptcy at a 67% cause rate. The loss of a job or a decrease in pay carries a 50% rate for bankruptcy. Poor financial management is rated at 37%. Medical bills are said to be half out of 1.5 million bankruptcies. Three quarters of individuals who file bankruptcy due to medical bills or health issues are insured. Medical causes carry a 28% cause of bankruptcy. For those who encounter business trouble there is a 15% rate of bankruptcy. Divorce carries 13% and legal bills and lawsuits combined carry 12%.

These percentages show the true factors for most bankruptcies are not at the fault of the filer. Unfortunately even when finances are managed frugally, bankruptcy can still be forced to occur. It is very important in prevention of bankruptcy to properly plan your finances and create a budget that you can live within. Make bill payments on time and pay credit card payments on time as well. By doing so you lower your risk of having to file bankruptcy at all.

Non-profit debt counselors are well-trained and experienced professionals who help those who are struggling with severe debt and financial struggles. They do this as a free service to help debtors regain control of their finances and to pay off their debtors. This program is not a loan but an education based program.

Tools and courses are provided to assist debtors in creating either a repayment plan or a debt management plan. These debt counselors review your personal situation to help provide you with the most beneficial program. They research your credit report, your average income, your assets and your debts. Once this information is gathered, the plan that is most suitable will be discussed with you entirely. You will know the advantages and disadvantages of the plans offered so that you can choose the plan that will best help you regain control over your finances.

Debt counseling does not just provide a band-aid for your debt trouble like bankruptcy can. Instead it heals the problem at the source. You are provided with tools to help you to get out of debt and stay out of debt. Bankruptcy can discharge your debts immediately for a fee, but further in the future your debt troubles can easily return.

There is numerous non-profit debt counseling services available to you. To find a representative in your area the most helpful tool is the Internet. You can find services that can help you online and over the phone. They are there to help you in any way possible. The help is available to relieve you from stress and financial chaos. All you have to do is click or call and you will be on your way to a fresh start with your finances.
About the Author
Legal Helpers is a debt relief agency helping people to file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code. We're one of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms. Bankruptcy attorneys answer the phones six days a week and evenings.
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