Bankruptcy Pros and Cons
Right now, I cannot pay my debts. Besides bankruptcy, do I have any options?
Yes, there are alternatives that you may use to take care of debts that you cannot pay. Creditors might be willing to settle their claim for a smaller cash payment, or they might be willing to stretch out the loan and reduce the size of the payments. This would allow you to pay off the debt by making smaller payments over a longer period of time. The creditor would eventually receive the full economic benefit of its bargain.
Occasionally, you may "buy time" by consolidating your debts; that is, by taking out a big loan to pay off all the smaller amounts of debts that you owe. The primary danger of this approach is that it is very easy to go out and use your credit cards to borrow even more. In that case, you end up with an even larger total debt and no more income to meet the monthly payments. Indeed, if you have taken out a second mortgage on your home to obtain the consolidation loan, you might lose your home as well.
>>What exactly is bankruptcy?
>>What is the process of filing for bankruptcy?
>>Right now, I cannot pay my debts. Besides bankruptcy, do I have any options?
>>Is there anybody in particular I should contact about these options?
>>I owe money to many creditors. What should I do?
>>What are the advantages of filing for bankruptcy?
>>What are the disadvantages?