The recent release of statistical data by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts reveal that bankruptcy filings were down by 11 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2014. The big question, however, is will the downward trend continue throughout 2015?
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.
There is often a misconception that people who file for bankruptcy are forced to do so because they were financially irresponsible. Although there are people who do file for bankruptcy for this reason, the majority of people who find themselves in this position get there because of events that occur of which they have no control over. A loss of employment, a serious medical issue, and divorce are just a few of the reasons that can completely wreck someone’s finances and leave them overwhelmed with debt.
As per iStockAnalyst, an Oregon based online subsidiary of Wall Street Tools, LLC, Fitch Ratings recently reported that consumer bankruptcy is expected to continue to decline throughout the remainder of 2014. Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency, attributes the decline to lower unemployment rates coupled with a recovering economy. Personal bankruptcy rates are expected to decline by eight to 10 percent, marking the fourth consecutive year of lower instances of personal bankruptcy protection petitions.