Whenever there is a downturn in the world economy, or we ourselves start to have some financial difficulties, the problems we experience when trying to pay our important bills becomes overwhelming. However, the one thing above all else that we should protect is any large investments that we cannot afford to lose. When we find ourselves with creditors at the door threatening legal action, it may be wise to contact a Plano Texas bankruptcy attorney to protect those investments from being snatched. Try entering ‘bankruptcy Plano’ into any search engine to get a list of services available.
One of the mistakes that many people do is to pay off credit card bills by opening up another one. This is wrong on several fronts since the interest rates charged on these cards are well above the average rates. By using one to pay off another, the interest rate is increased two fold which can only bring problems to those who cannot control their spending. It may be better then to talk to the credit card companies and see if they can reduce the interest or spread the payments out. Explain the circumstances that have occurred, perhaps there is a job loss or something similar, and then ask to have the case notes reviewed. They may even suspend the interest being charged to allow the person to get back on their feet depending on how long the card was in use and whether there has been any other defaults.
If all else fails and the creditors are not able or willing to come up with a solution, then it may be time to call in these professionals to find a way through. Of course, it may be that the creditors are out for blood in which case this poor debtor may have to bite the bullet and face the court to declare himself with more debts than he has assets. This can hurt his future so it may be better for the professional to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 which offers some way out of the problem. If the debt is mainly on credit cards, Chapter 7 is probably the best filing to make in the court. The debtor will have to undergo some stringent means testing to see if there is any excess income to play with. Certain essential bills will all be taken into consideration, like medical fees or mortgage payments etc but some other, less important bills, will not be allowed and be deemed those that the family can well live without.
If the income is less than the outgoings, the credit card debt will be cancelled there and then and the creditors will have no recourse in future. The debtor will no longer owe the money but it is unlikely that he will be able to apply for credit again in the future.
Chapter 13 works the other way so if there is excess income over expenditure, then all the debts are amalgamated and a revised plan to pay off the debt will be made. The benefit here is that he will not be charged interest anymore or be harassed by the creditors.
Connor R. Sullivan recently spent time researching bankruptcy with the help of a Plano Texas bankruptcy attorney. His sister sought legal advice to file bankruptcy Plano style in order to solve her financial problems.
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