The Cost of Not Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is Staggering!
Believe it or not there is a cost to not filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy when you should be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and that cost is much greater than you think. What do I mean you ask?
Well, there are actually three distinct costs that you end up paying if you don’t file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
Stop Paying for Your Past When You Should be Saving for your Future!
The first is your future. When you use all of your current earnings to pay off old debts that you know will never be paid off because the interest charges are so high that your minimum monthly payment barely puts a dent in the outstanding balance, you are taking away dollars that should be used to live on in the present time and dollars that you should be saving for your retirement. What kind of a life will you have when your retirement is just a check from the Social Security Administration? I can tell you that it is not going to be an easy one. Remember, Social Security was never meant to be your sole means of support during retirement. It was meant to help contribute toward the cost of living during your retirement years. Without a retirement savings, you will either dramatically cut your standard of living or you will have to continue working well into your retirement years, or both! This is the most dramatic cost of not filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
Being in Debt Beyond Your Ability to Manage that Debt is Extremely Stressful for Debtors and Their Families!
The next cost of not filing for bankruptcy is the cost to your mental state and your peace of mind. No one likes getting harassed by debt collectors and creditor law firms, either at home or even worse, at work! You will constantly receive collection calls at all hours of the day and night without regard for the peace and quiet your home should provide. The same goes for creditor law firms. Their job is to take you to court and sue you for whatever balance you owe on the debt. And even though you probably don’t remember reading the credit agreement you signed when you first established the credit account, nine times out of ten, the debtor is legally responsible for any and all costs of collection upon a default. This can increase the amount you have to pay dramatically! They can charge you pre-judgment interest, post-judgment interest, attorney fees, court costs, collection and late fees, marshal fees, and more. And when they win in court, which they will, they will garnish your wages or take the money that you have out of your bank account making it even more difficult to live and plan for your future and the future of your children as well. All of this can lead to problems with your physical and mental health, the health of your family, and the future of your family. Being in debt over your head creates a level of stress within the household that takes a serious toll on everyone in the family, kids included.
Your Credit Score Will Actually Increase After You’ve Filed for Bankruptcy and will Keep Increasing!
Finally, there is the cost of not being able to rebuild your credit score. Continued late paying and high debts and judgments on your credit report will keep your score so low, you will never be able to afford a nice car or a nice home for you and your family. Unfortunately we live in a society where your credit score has a big impact on our lives. It affects the interest rates that we get from creditors, it may affect our ability to get a job, and it may affect your ability to get decent rental housing or buy a home. It is much more advantageous to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and start rebuilding your credit score. You will be able to get your score back up if you maintain good credit performance post-bankruptcy. Because bankruptcy is considered a fresh financial start, it is also considered a fresh financial start for your credit score as well. This won’t happen if you don’t file for bankruptcy. And it won’t happen if you try and use those scam-artist debt settlement and debt consolidation services that you may have seen on television advertising late at night.
So I think it is plainly evident that the cost of filing for bankruptcy is much much lower than the cost of not filing for bankruptcy. The decision is an easy one and you should consider these factors when making that decision.
There is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Get Out of Debt! Bankruptcy is the Right Way and Here’s Why:
Just think! You could have all of your unsecured debts (with some exceptions) completely wiped out for such a small sum of money! So whether you have $10,000 in unsecured debts* or $100,000 in unsecured debts*, there is no other way to get out from under these debts than to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the cost of which is under $2,000, regardless of how much debt you have! But don’t wait too long to take action because the bankruptcy laws can change, and if they do, this opportunity for a fresh financial start may not be available in the future. The Creditor lobby is very strong in this country and they constantly lobby Congress to limit the dischargeability of personal debts. That’s why action sooner rather than later is advised! *At present, student loans as a general rule, are non-dischargeable, so those debts should not be assumed nor included in the debt levels used for the illustrative purposes intended herein.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the Fresh Start Bankruptcy, is by far the best way to get out of debt in the United States. Don’t be fooled by all those debt settlement companies with their slick advertisements! They are a rip off in my opinion. And what they don’t tell you is that you’ll be paying for years, they charge an incredibly high fee, and any debt relief they secure for you will result in you receiving a 1099-C Cancellation of Debt tax form at the end of the year from each Creditor that reduced the amount it was owed, which you will have to include on your income tax returns as taxable income. But debts discharged in bankruptcy are considered a “non-taxable event” by law, so no 1099-C, no taxable income to declare, and no increased taxes to pay when your debt relief comes from a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing. So even if you don’t use our bankruptcy law firm to file your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case, whatever you do, do not use a debt settlement agency or deft relief program – as those organizations are all just a big scam!