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In the years following the Great Recession, consumer debt has steadily risen. Even as the economy has recovered a little bit here and there, our household debt has a way to go in terms of catching up. We’ve lost a job and it’s still been hard to find a new one. We have medical bills that are impossible to pay, credit card debt that continues to mount, or our homes are about to go into foreclosure. With family members struggling just as equally, it can seem like there’s nowhere else to turn. However, we do have options. Bankruptcy may be one of them. Learn more about consumer debt and bankruptcy from the National Bankruptcy Forum.

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Wage Garnishment Laws in NY: Can Creditors Take My Paycheck?

Last updated Oct. 30, 2017. Although many people believe that missing a payment or two on a debt can result in a quick garnishment of their wages, this is not the case. Having one’s wages garnished in New York State is the end result of a process that can last for several months. With credit…

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Payday lending pitfalls: What to know

With the holidays approaching, people of every income range will be buying gifts for others. For many, this is just an added year-end expense. Others who feel the pressure to give to family and friends but don’t have the money may look for other ways to fund this seasonal expense. The ads for “payday” loans…

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Can I pay back family before bankruptcy?

In times of difficulty, we naturally turn to family and friends for help. The same holds when those difficulties are financial. Family and friends know you and understand your troubles; they’ll be willing to lend you a hand even when banks won’t. They trust you regardless of your credit score. If you borrow from people…

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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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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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Wage Garnishment Must Stop After a Bankruptcy Case is Filed; You Might Even be Able to Get Money Back

Bankruptcy Stops Wage Garnishment The minute a bankruptcy cases filed, an injunction called the automatic stay is issued, which prohibits creditors from trying to collect on debts that were included in the bankruptcy. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has called the automatic stay “one of the most important protections in bankruptcy law.” The automatic stay…

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