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.
Bankruptcy is a difficult decision to make but sometimes it is the only option. If you having a difficult time paying your bills on time or at all, then bankruptcy should be a real consideration. But before you file any paperwork to begin the process, try these other options first.
Deciding to file bankruptcy is a pivotal, life-changing decision that many people make once, sometimes even twice, in their lives. Alternatively, did you ever wonder what would happen if you didn’t file bankruptcy, even though you could no longer pay your bills? Some financially distressed individuals may choose to take no action, which means creditors can file lawsuits and obtain judgments that involve garnishing wages or seizing property.
It’s common for those end up filing for bankruptcy to endure months (or years) of calls and letters from debt collectors prior to making the decision to file for bankruptcy. While lenders are allowed to partake in legal debt collection efforts, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act establishes rules which must be followed by debt collectors. For instance, debt collectors shouldn’t engage in threatening or intimidating behavior, and if the borrower asks for written proof of their debt, it must be provided.