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Bankruptcy and Debt Consolidation Options

With sweeping changes in credit law, consumers find themselves scrambling for solutions. Should I get credit counseling? Should I declare bankruptcy? Can I declare bankruptcy? Where do I start? These are pressing questions facing many people today. In this brief article I will outline some steps to consider when developing your debt consolidation plan.

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Debt consolidation is simply a step towards bringing your debt into a manageable state drp. The process as a whole may involve debt settlement, debt restructuring or more drastic measures like declaring bankruptcy. If you have concluded that the latter (bankruptcy) is your best course of action there is one important change in the law that you must comply with. New bankruptcy law requires that consumers seek ‘consumer counseling’ assistance prior to being eligible for bankruptcy. If the stress is mounting and financial doom looming I suggest you begin the counseling process right away.

Credit Counseling is a relatively painless process of evaluation and consultation. You will normally be able to reduce your debt payments by around 50% by allowing the credit counseling organization to represent you. This process will have an adverse effect on your credit but at this point it may not matter to you. If after you make an effort to utilize credit counseling and it proves to-little-to-late, bankruptcy becomes an available option.

As a credit specialist my recommendation would be to think long and hard before considering either credit counseling or bankruptcy. You can remedy most situations yourself with the right plan. Obtaining the right debt settlement software could help turn things around in as little as a few hours. A challenge I often see is caused by the chaotic state of mind that usually surrounds financial hardship. This dynamic may adversely affect your consistency. You know yourself.