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Credit card debt is a major problem in the U.S. It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re hit with a new offer from a creditor. Open this line of credit and get a low interest rate for six months, then bam — suddenly you’ve collected more credit cards than you can keep up with. While credit is important — both building and maintaining it — it may not tell your whole financial picture. If you’ve recently lost your job or expect to undergo surgery in the coming months, your credit may take a hit when you’re not able to pay your bills on time. You may have trouble then getting a mortgage or other new lines of credit. Collectors may be after you. The good news is, both credit card debt and medical debts can be discharged in bankruptcy, and collectors stop calling. Learn more from National Bankruptcy Forum about credit and how it is affected by bankruptcy — both the good and bad.

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Posted On: April 21, 2017

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Posted by: Charles L. Basch II

Debt Collectors in the US You Need to Know

The debt collection industry is big — estimated to be a $12 billion industry in fact, and growing. There are literally thousands of debt collectors in the form of collection companies, law firms, and yes, even debt buyers. How does it all work? The origin of debt collectors had humble beginnings. They were often in-house departments of…

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Posted On: March 31, 2017

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Household Debt Near Great Recession Level: What Does it Mean?

Although bankruptcy filings have been trending downward for years, household debt is expected to hit a new record in 2017. It may seem like a big number, but fewer than 800,000 people filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. last year. Just six years ago, that amount was double. Will household debt start to catch up…

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Posted On: January 14, 2015

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How bankruptcy and debt solutions impact your credit score

When you’re in debt and trying to decide what action to take, you may be concerned about how to protect your credit score. That’s often one of the last barriers to deciding to file for bankruptcy – so how much does bankruptcy affect your score? The answer may surprise you. Bankruptcy certainly does have an…

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Posted On: October 20, 2014

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Make Paying Credit Card Debt a Low Priority in Rough Financial Times

Should I Pay My Credit Card Bills? The economic downturn caused people from all walks of life to turn to their credit cards as a life raft, hoping they could keep bills current with the plastic until a new job came around. Thankfully, sometimes that new job does pop up and the credit card bills…

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Posted On: August 18, 2014

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Posted by: John O'Connor

How to Pay Off High Interest Credit Card Debt

Follow These Steps to Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt Perhaps like many Americans your New Year’s resolution involves paying down credit card debt. After all, even the most ardent supporter of the plastic hears that little voice in the back of their head “credit card interest rates are a huge ripoff, I shouldn’t use…

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Posted On: May 8, 2014

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Posted by: Russ B. Cope

All’s Not Forgiven When Debts Are “Forgiven”

Debts discharged in bankruptcy are not taxable events.

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