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Other ways to get out of debt besides bankruptcy

Todays Date: November 19, 2018

Contrary to what many people believe, bankruptcy is a legitimate way of getting rid of overwhelming debt and getting a fresh financial start. Far too many people avoid bankruptcy out of embarrassment or because of poor advice when it might be the best solution in their situation. Still, declaring personal bankruptcy should not be treated as a casual event, but rather as a serious financial step that has long-term consequences.

By all means, try to get out of debt without filing for bankruptcy. There are many options that you should consider carefully before talking to a bankruptcy lawyer.

So how can you get out of serious debt without actually declaring personal bankruptcy? Well, there are no overnight solutions unless you win the lottery or get an inheritance. (And you shouldn’t count on either of these. If they happen that’s great, but they rarely do.)

It’s important not to panic, and one way to avoid this kind of stress is to simply get the facts. Get together all of your documents so you can calculate exactly how much you owe and compare this to your current income. This might seem unsettling, but it needs to be done.

Are you willing to make some sacrifices in order to get out of debt? In many cases all it takes is some reasonable sacrifices in order to pay off your debt. However, if you couldn’t pay it all off within a few years (even after some changes to your budget), then bankruptcy should be considered.

Have you considered getting an extra income through a part time job or stay at home business? It’s amazing how quickly your debt can be reduced if you have a little extra income that is devoted solely to this purpose.

Working with your creditors may also work to reduce your overall debt load. If the company knows how bad your financial situation is, it may be willing to actually lower the amount of debt that you have to pay or at least work out some sort of repayment plan for the long term. Unfortunately, companies rarely consider these options unless you are really behind and have already damaged your credit. Even then, getting them to agree to a settlement is not that easy.

Of course, you should never make a decision hastily. Instead, discuss your finances with your family and ask a good lawyer about the consequences of bankruptcy.

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