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If alternatives don’t work, bankruptcy may be the right choice

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2019 | Firm News

While people sometimes talk about bankruptcy as if it is an extremely negative situation, the reality is that bankruptcy can help many people get their finances back in order. If you are someone who is struggling with debt, then bankruptcy might be the right option for you.

Before you choose bankruptcy, it is a good idea to educate yourself on the other options. There are options such as negotiating with creditors directly, getting help from credit counseling agencies and even taking on extra work to make larger payments on your debts.

Choosing the right way to get out of debt

One of the primary ways to get out of debt that people don’t talk about enough is negotiating directly with creditors. Your creditors don’t want you to default. If you start to default, it hurts their profits and costs them money when they have to hire someone to call you or seek compensation from you directly.

If you call your creditors when you begin to have trouble with paying back your debts, there may be some options available. You may have the option of paying the debt in full for an amount less than what you owe, or be able to negotiate down your interest rate or reduce your payment.

Another option that you should consider is getting help from a counseling agency. Sometimes, these agencies can negotiate for you and help you budget and get back on track. Be cautious, since there are many agencies that are not legitimate.

Finally, you can try to take on extra work or sell things to bring in extra money. If you can pay slightly more than what you owe on your debts each month, you’ll be able to pay them off faster than if you pay the minimum.

Bankruptcy might be the right choice for you

In some instances, bankruptcy really is the right option. If you’ve fallen behind on payments, are dealing with harassing phone calls and don’t see a way to make payments on time or at all, then it’s time to discuss the option of bankruptcy with your attorney.

There are a few kinds of bankruptcy, and these can help you protect the assets you want or need in your life even while you clear out debts that make it impossible for you to have financial freedom. At the end of the day, bankruptcy gives you a fresh start, which is what many people want.