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October 31, 2008
Most people want to get out of debt but struggle with making ends meet, let alone paying off additional debts. Millions of Americans are financially strapped. They are in fear of receiving a foreclosure notice from the bank. They are afraid they will lose their job. The wonder if they will be have to choose between putting food on the table, purchasing gas for their car or purchasing a much-needed prescription medication.
If you are attempting to get out of debt because money is stretched so tight you can barely squeeze out an extra penny, it is time to take a long, hard look at your finances. Unless you are living at poverty level, chances are you actually have more money than you realize. Millions of Americans spend thousands of dollars each year on unnecessary items they believe they simply must have. However, if you are drowning in debts, it's time to engage in some soul searching and discover what is truly important to you.
October 20, 2008
Bankruptcy attorneys specialize in helping individuals and business owners obtain relief from debt. The new bankruptcy laws implemented in 2005 caused many bankruptcy attorneys to turn to new areas of law. Reason being the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act has made filing bankruptcy so difficult many attorneys opted out of the profession.
Bankruptcy attorneys who continued in the field are now charging considerably higher fees. BAPCPA requires considerable documentation, administration of the 'means' test to determine clients' eligibility, and strict deadlines to adhere to. The process is complex, time-consuming and requires considerably more man-hours.
October 06, 2008
Debts have reached epidemic proportions and the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse. Not only are corporations failing at unprecedented rates, American consumers have accrued more than $2 trillion in creditor debts. This figure does not account for the billions due in outstanding mortgage debts.
Experts claim the average American carries $20,000 in outstanding debts. Today, it is common practice for consumers to use credit cards to pay for daily living expenses including gas, utilities, food and clothing. With the current economic chaos, experts predict credit card companies will soon begin reducing credit limits. If this occurs, Americans who use plastic to pay for living expenses will be unable to meet their monthly financial obligations.