The economy may be showing some signs of improvement, but the outlook remains bleak for many Illinois homeowners. The Land of Lincoln has one of the highest home foreclosure rates in the country. One in every 663 housing units in the state received a foreclosure notice in December. Many homeowners fell behind on payments due to a job loss, sudden illness, portfolio reversal or other temporary income loss.
According to a bankruptcy judge in New Jersey, it is time to re-evaluate the way current law deals with student loan debt. In a recent article, Judge Michael B. Kaplan called burgeoning student loan debt a looming crisis that touches every generation of Americans. Although the Bankruptcy Code largely lives up to its purpose of providing debtors with a fresh start, student loans are the notable exception to this rule.
If you are currently considering debt relief through the liquidation of personal assets by petitioning for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, federal law mandates that you first seek pre-bankruptcy credit counseling and post-filing debtor education.
According to a recent survey from Gallup® Politics, six of every 10 Americans polled believe the federal government holds too much power. Over 1,500 adults, age 18 and above in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were surveyed via telephone, and the new statistics were the highest recorded percentage since Gallup® first posed the question in 2010.
Many people who are struggling financially to pay their mortgage, vehicle payments, medical bills and/or credit card debt also end up getting very behind in their utility payments. Disconnect notices from the electric, water, gas and telephone companies fill the mailbox and even payment arrangements become impossible to keep.
As a society we have become accustomed to labeling different generations with short and catchy nicknames. Currently we have Generation X for those born from 1965 through 1979; Generation Y for those born from 1980 through 2000; and lastly we have Generation Z for those born from 2001 through the present.
You fought the good fight, but it was not enough. Due to financial hardship your family home has gone into foreclosure status and you are now facing eviction in your home state of Illinois. Not only are you reeling from the emotional pain associated with losing your home but you are also regretting not contacting an experienced foreclosure attorney at the onset of your financial difficulties. Now you are left wondering what happens next.
Facing the loss of your family home to foreclosure was not part of your American dream. Every nook and cranny holds a cherished memory, but due to economic hardship you are unable to continue making your mortgage payments. You are quickly approaching the end of your 90 day grace period. There is no other recourse, the bank is planning to call in the loan. You are now facing foreclosure and can not wait for the nightmare to end, but for many unsuspecting homeowners it may continue to haunt them for another 20 years.
A bankruptcy is like a fresh start for someone who is buried in debt and filing for bankruptcy can have a major impression on your life and credit score. Taking some small steps post-bankruptcy can help to allow you to rebuild your credit and establish good habits for the future.