When you have so much debt that you are not able to keep up with the minimum payments, your options are limited:
- Debt Management (or credit counseling) Program
- Debt Settlement Plan
When is bankruptcy the best option?
Let me briefly explain how the first two options work:
DEBT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
A Debt Management Program is a program designed for those who have substantial unsecured debt (mainly credit cards) and realize that even though they are making the required minimum payments, the balances are barely going down!
The average person will take 10-15 years (some experts estimate longer) to repay credit card debt.
And when and if it is repaid, the average consumer will end up paying back 3-4 times the original amount that they borrowed!
Think about that... If you have say, $20,000 of credit card debt and are just barely making the minimum payments, you could end up paying back $60,000 to $80,000!
In a Debt Management Program, you will have:
- One low monthly payment
- Reduced or sometimes even 0% interest rates!
- Waived late fees (usuallyl)
- Eliminated your debt in about 4-5 years, saving thousands of dollars in interest and fees!
What if you cannot afford the typical 2.5% payment required of a Debt Management Program?
If you cannot afford the payment of a Debt Management Program, then you should consider a DEBT SETTLEMENT PROGRAM.
In a Debt Settlement Program, you will have:
- One low monthly payment (determined by your financial situation)
- Debts negotiated at approximately 50% of the balance
- Eliminated your debt in just 3-5 years, depending on an individual's circumstances
What if you cannot afford the reduced monthly payment of a Debt Settlement Program?
If you cannot afford the payment required of a Debt Management Program or a Debt Settlement Program, bankruptcy may be your best option.
There are basically 3 areas to examine in order to deteremine if bankrutpcy is the best option:
By the time you are considering bankruptcy, you should have already explored a Debt Management Program and a Debt Settlement Program, and determined that you cannot afford either of the reduced monthly payments. You have explored the FINANCIAL aspect of determining when bankruptcy is the best option.
But what about the the ETHICAL aspect of bankruptcy?
In most cases, getting to the point of bankruptcy is not your fault. Maybe you:
- Lost your job
- Lost a spouse or loved one
- Sufferred a major illness or injury
- Went through a terrible divorce
- Or, many other reason too numerous to list
The point is, most people do not get to the point of bankruptcy from just spending too much.
No matter how you look at it, bankruptcy is basically saying, "I cannot keep my promise to repay my debts." It an tremendously emotional decision, and one that can have lingering effects for years.
Before you seek a bankruptcy attorney's counsel, ask yourself if there is any way you can repay your debts WITHOUT going bankrupt? Can you:
- Ask for help from friends or family
- Get a second job
- Make cost saving/budget cuts or even create a crisis budget
- Sell some of your "toys" (extra car, boat, RV...)
I am not an attorney, so I am not goint to give any legal advice. To explore the LEGAL aspects of filing bankruptcy and to see if you qualify for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you need to seek the help of a qualified bankruptcy attorney.What's the difference between a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13? CLICK HERE to find out more.
There are many factors to consider when determining if bankruptcy is the best option. We can help you make the best choice with a FREE no obligation consultation with one of our Debt Solutions Specialists. Click on the link below or simply give us a call at 1-877-492-4109