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Credit Card Bankruptcy

Jan 24, 2008
Do you fancy the card design and "relief" it offers when you are broke? Those plastics are a fast lane to credit card bankruptcy if you are not careful.

Zero percent on balance transfers, competitive APR, no annual charges etc.. These are clichés that tout pages of the worldwide web and search engines. With credit cards, securing an unsecured loan could not have been easier. They offer you easy repayments and seemingly low Annual Percentage Rates (APR) that may gently police you into credit card bankruptcy if care is not taken.

Credit card bankruptcy is fast becoming rampant in developed countries where diverse plastics have become part of your wallet "décor". In some circles, it is considered fashionable to have more than one credit card. In fact, the number of credit cards you have is a status indicator. This and several mundane reasons have led several people into credit card bankruptcy.

There is no gainsaying the fact that paying off credit card debts can be a horrendous task. Studies have it that most debt worries over personal debt are worries over credit card debts. Credit card companies will offer you deal that will keep you paying almost indefinitely while interest is piling up. That is how the card companies make their money! They lend at very high rates and encourage low repayments.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that credit cards are not bad in themselves if they are used with discretion. They are easy means of credit and can indeed be cheap if used wisely. Most cards offer up to 57 days interest free credit, meaning, if you pay up on a purchase within 57 days, you have succeeded in obtaining credit at zero percent! Beware and avoid the temptation of jumping from one company to another in order to exploit the interest free period as most companies will offer you up to nine months interest free on purchases and you may end up with a pile of debt payable at high interest. If you manage to get yourself to this point, you may be heading for credit card bankruptcy. If for some reasons, you are heading for credit card bankruptcy, there are ways out. Get the service of credit counselor immediately.

For some credit bankruptcy may become a reality but before losing a lot of sleep over what they think may happen, they may want to consult with a personal bankruptcy attorney to find out what their options are. Depending on the size of their debt, the amount of their assets as well as the size of the family, there may be some personal items that are exempt from seizure from the bankruptcy courts and creditors.

Many times when a person loses their job through no fault of their own, the first thing that crosses their mind is the dreadful thought of claiming credit bankruptcy. As weeks pass and a new job is still not found the despair begins to build as they think about all the stuff they have accumulated during their working life being seized and sold to pay off their bills. They may also consider the black mark on their credit report, feeling like a large red "B" on their forehead.

When the loss of a job, or exceptionally high medical expenses begin to take a toll on a person's health, it is best to be up front with creditors. Many are willing to work with debtors who approach them first and try to work things out. Depending on how long the debtor and creditor have worked together, they may be willing to offer a period for only interest payments to be made, while ownership of a house or car remains in their possession.

However, as time passes, and after visiting a bankruptcy attorney, the reality of bankruptcy must be accepted. Chances are that once the decision is made and the initial shock passes, the debtor may find it was their best choice.
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