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Alternatives to Chapter 7

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the type of bankruptcy that most debtors qualify for most easily, but it is not always the only option that a debtor has. Depending on several factors such as the nature of the debt and the income of the debtor, he or she may qualify for Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcies, for instance.

Can filing for bankruptcy lead to being fired?

Being in a financial situation where you need to file for bankruptcy can be stressful enough. Adding to this the worry that you may risk being fired for doing so will only add to this tension. The good news is that it is unlikely that you would ever be fired because of your decision to file for bankruptcy. However, before you do decide to file for bankruptcy, it is a good idea to be aware of the ways that your employer could use your decision against you, and other implications that filing might have.

Restoring credit through bankruptcy

Many people see bankruptcy as a last resort, but in reality, going through bankruptcy can be a wise choice for those experiencing financial difficulties and desiring a fresh start. It can be an act of empowerment rather than something you are forced into. One reason why many people think that filing for bankruptcy is the last possible option is because they think that it will have a long-term negative effect on their credit. Whether or not this is the case can depends on the type bankruptcy you file.

Why bankruptcy is usually preferable to debt settlement

Debt settlement services have become much more regulated over the last few years. They gained a bad reputation for charging excruciating amounts to help clients repay and settle their debts, but often they failed in their efforts. These days, debt settlement companies are of a much higher quality and provide a more reputable service to their clients.

Beware of accumulating more debt prior to bankruptcy

You've made the decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Perhaps you and your attorney have set the wheels in motion. A question that many people have is what they can continue to spend money on when they have a pending bankruptcy case without jeopardizing it. It may be tempting to make a few last luxury purchases, but don't do it.

Filing bankruptcy might provide you relief from your debts

As we recently discussed, medical bills are one factor that can lead Americans to file for bankruptcy. This is something that many people don't realize. Most bankruptcy cases don't have anything to do with people being irresponsible with their money. Instead, circumstances, such as a job loss or an illness, lead to the need for debt relief.

Why medical debt leads to financial disaster for many Americans

Anyone who's had a visit to the hospital or an emergency room can testify that the cost can be shocking -- even if they have insurance. When people don't have adequate savings to cover these unexpected medical costs, the financial ramifications can be serious.