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How can I stop creditor harassment?

Creditor harassment is hard to deal with when faced with massive debt. Some practices are not actually lawful, which many consumers don't know when they're actively being pursued for money that remains unpaid. The Balance recommends taking the following steps if you're currently experiencing creditor harassment. 

Can student loan debt be discharged via bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can help a person clear outstanding debt to work towards a brighter financial future. Most people claim that student loan debt, which is a burden on the finances of many graduates well into adulthood, can't be discharged via bankruptcy. While this is generally the case, Nerdwallet explains what steps you can take to get a handle on massive student loan debt. 

Securing a mortgage after a Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Hackettstown residents who feel as though they are drowning in debt may find a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to be their best option at getting back to enjoying a comfortable financial position. Indeed, the benefit of having certain debts discharged is likely one of the primary reason why Chapter 7 is the most popular form of personal bankruptcy (as evidenced by the fact that the American Bankruptcy Institute reports that an average of over 62 percent of all cases in 2018 were filed under this chapter). Yet one question that those considering a Chapter 7 bankruptcy should ponder is how long such an action might prevent them from securing a traditional loan again (specifically a mortgage). 

What is a meeting of creditors?

If you are plagued by medical expenses, bills, credit card debt, mortgages and other expenses, you may feel overwhelmed by the monthly payments required just to stay afloat. It may get to the point where you are unable to keep your head above water, and the chances of paying off your expenses may seem impossible. Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows people in this situation to wipe away much of their debt and start again with a clean financial slate.

What can bankruptcy’s automatic stay protect you against?

As a New Jersey resident who has watched your debt spiral out of control, you may be feeling the pressure from your creditors as they attempt to collect what you owe them. Often, this seemingly constant barrage of phone calls can prove immensely stressful, but you may be able to put a stop to the communications by filing for bankruptcy. How?

Can credit cards help rebuild your credit post-bankruptcy?

Whether you have recently filed for bankruptcy or you have already had your bankruptcy discharged, you may be feeling the effects of bankruptcy on your credit score. There are methods you can take to rebuild your credit and get a fresh financial start. If credit card debt was a contributing factor to your initial need to file for bankruptcy, you are not alone. Yet, even after your bankruptcy is discharged, you may get invitations from credit card companies as a way to rebuild your credit and get back on your feet. It is important to stay on the alert for subprime credit card companies, as they can cause you to become stuck in debt once again.

Medical expenses can cause overwhelming debt

For people who have recently seen the doctor, been sent to the emergency room or have had a medical procedure performed, the recovery process may entail more than just physical healing. It may take even longer for patients to heal financially from the medical expenses and debt accrued as a result of their medical treatment. In fact, a CNBC report announced that medical expenses were the number one cause for bankruptcies in the United States. Furthermore, it found that people who carry healthcare insurance were slightly more likely to declare bankruptcy than those who did not have medical insurance.

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Debt can often seem like a form of bondage to those in Hackettstown who suffer from it. Missed payments, late fees and other penalties can quickly add up to the point of one facing a seemingly insurmountable financial obstacle. In such cases, personal bankruptcy offers protection from further collection efforts, thus halting the growing liabilities compounding one's troubles. Chapter 7 bankruptcy also offers the added advantage of allowing certain debts to be discharged. It is for this reason why this particular form of bankruptcy consistently ranks as the most popular, with the American Bankruptcy Institute reporting it comprising over 67 percent of all non-business bankruptcy filings from the second quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. 

Bad spending habits that can leave you in debt

Poor spending habits can easily lead to debt for many people in New Jersey. Identifying bad habits is the first step to changing your behavior and fixing your finances once and for all. The following are a few examples of spending habits you must change if you want to avoid financial instability.

Credit card debt and Chapter 7

Many people choose to move forward with a bankruptcy because they are struggling with credit card debt, a problem that has become especially common in the U.S. Not all of the people who take on a significant amount of credit card debt do so out of irresponsibility. In fact, some find themselves in this tricky position because of a health crisis or an injury that left them unable to work, prompting them to turn to their credit card to buy groceries or take care of bills. Worse, interest may have made their debt balloon out of control.

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