05 Jul Most alternatives to bankruptcy involve wishful thinking
Ads for debt settlement companies and do it yourself books always promise to reveal the tricks ( known only to someone who wants to sell you something) to make your bills vanish for pennies.
I’m tempted to ask clients: do you also believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and leprechauns with pots of gold?
Unkind, I know. But in the information age, it ought to be obvious. There are no painless, quick fixes.
It is theoretically possible to get a settlement of each of your debts that gives the same result as bankruptcy. But it is seldom a realistic option because
- It requires cash to pay each settlement
- It requires 100%l of the creditors to agree to terms
- It takes time and effort to negotiate deals
- Not all creditors are prepared to deal, or to stand by a deal they’ve promised
- It’s dependent on no unpleasant financial changes in the future
Bankruptcy works because it binds all creditors with a few exceptions: support, recent taxes, student loans. It is enforced by the power of a federal judge. It generates no tax consequences. It is resolved in a finite period o
Most clients need relief from the stress that debt brings with it. They need to save for retirement. They need to create an emergency fund.
They need these things NOW. Bankruptcy does that. No secrets; no magic.
- When there was an alternative to bankruptcy
Image courtesy of wikimedia and SatyrTN.
Cathy Moran, Esq.
Latest posts by Cathy Moran, Esq. (see all)
- Can You Afford The Cost Of Waiting? - November 10, 2013
- Lost IQ: The True Cost Of Just Paying The Credit Card Minimum - October 10, 2013
- Getting Rid Of Tax Liens After Bankruptcy - September 10, 2013
- Why The Information You Give Your Bankruptcy Lawyer Has A Sell-By Date - August 27, 2013
- Super Heroes Fight Debt - August 10, 2013