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Seniors Increasingly Struggling with Student Loan Debt

Contrary to common belief, student loan debt isn’t just a problem for the young. Seniors are increasingly bearing the burden of overwhelming education loans. While older debtors still make up a relatively small portion of the student debt pie, their numbers are steadily on the rise. Between 2005 and 2013, student loan debt held by… Read More »

As Americans’ Debt Burdens Become Harder to Bear, Many Find Relief with Bankruptcy

Are Americans addicted to debt? A recent story in USA Today suggests that the answer is unequivocally yes. More than one in three U.S. consumers currently has a debt in collections, according to the article. As of 2013, the average American carried $38,000 in mortgage debt and almost $16,000 in non-mortgage debts such as credit… Read More »

Will my creditors stop harassing me when I file for bankruptcy in Atlanta?

One of the greatest advantages of filing for Atlanta bankruptcy is the power of bankruptcy to stop creditor harassment. From the moment you file, bankruptcy protects you from creditors and bill collectors with a legal action called the automatic stay. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, creditors are legally required to cease all collection… Read More »

What if I forget to list a liability in my bankruptcy filing?

Listing all of your liabilities on the creditor mailing list is one of the most important requirements when filing for an Atlanta Georgia bankruptcy. Failing to disclose a creditor can cause major problems with your bankruptcy case. But accidents happen, and the good news is that it’s possible to correct a simple oversight, provided that… Read More »

African-Americans, Hispanics Increasingly Pushed From the Housing Market

You know your ability to buy and keep a home is influenced by financial factors like income, equity and credit history. But a recent study suggests that there’s another element at work. According to a new study by Zillow and the National Urban League, ethnicity may play a significant role in one’s success – or… Read More »

Finances vs. Fitness: Americans More Concerned With Financial Health Than Physical Health

Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around self-improvement, whether it’s bettering our bodies, our minds or our finances. But if forced to choose a priority, would you pick wealth or health? If you’re anything like most Americans, it’s all about the money. At least, that’s what a recent poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling indicates. Nearly… Read More »

Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy Is Easier Than You Might

Worried that bankruptcy will ruin your credit score forever? It’s a widespread myth that bankruptcy does permanent damage. In reality, the most damaging decision you make may be to not file bankruptcy. While it’s true that bankruptcy will leave a mark on your credit report, rebuilding credit after a bankruptcy case is definitely possible. In… Read More »

Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Still Best Bet for Stopping Foreclosure

What started as a tidal wave of foreclosures is slowing to a steady stream. But that doesn’t mean the foreclosure crisis is over. Just because fewer homes are being foreclosed upon doesn’t mean more people are paying the mortgage. It simply means that more people have already lost their homes to foreclosure – and now… Read More »

How Bankruptcy Can Stop Creditors from Repossessing Your Car

Every year millions of people choose to continue living with overwhelming debt simply because they’re afraid of what might happen if they file for bankruptcy. In reality, they should be afraid of what might happen if they don’t file! One of the biggest myths about bankruptcy is that it will require you to give up… Read More »

Charged Off Debt: What It Really Means and How Bankruptcy Can Help

What do you think of when you hear that a debt has been charged off? If you’re like most folks, you may think it means the debt is gone for good. And it is gone – just not from you. Charged-off debt is really just a tricky accounting term. When debts or assets are “charged… Read More »