Mar 20 2011
During the 90′s and 2000′s there have been numerous reports of companies that have taken advantage of people who are already in financial distress. Often times, people reach out for help as their financial lives become difficult as they decide on whether bankruptcy service is right for them. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is and where there’s smoke there is usually fire!
Rule #1 Avoid Credit Counseling and Debt Service companies. Any credit counseling service that charges money upfront or monthly fees to repair your credit are often misleading. If the organization is not a non-profit it is highly suggested to move on as there have been many reports of payments being taken and never dispersed to the creditors.
Rule# 2 Obtain a good lawyer. Do not use any service or petitioner if you have decided to seek bankruptcy services. These organizations have been known to make serious mistakes which in turn has forced judges to at times dismiss the entire petition! Imagine trying to save money by doing it yourself and having the court dismiss your case completely. Get a lawyer.
Rule# 3 Credit Reports Do not pay for a credit report. These are free after a law the United States government recently passed requiring all three credit bureaus to offer one free report per year per person.
Rule# 4 Avoid all Loan Sharks from that luring you back into debt. After your bankruptcy is discharged you will be solicited by various credit related agencies. Be very careful. These are often predatory type lenders looking to charge you high interest and upfront fees.
Rule# 5 Change your habits, If you continue to do what you do you will continue to get what you’ve got. So make some changes. We can’t stress this enough. Again, keep it simple and get a good attorney that you are comfortable with.
Typically just seeking a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy is the only real viable way to get a fresh start. I advise obtaining a free consultation with one of your local bankruptcy service attorneys to find out if you qualify.