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New rule affects those in default on student loans

While filing for bankruptcy in Davidson can help alleviate many financial struggles, many types of student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy and some borrowers may find themselves struggling to make timely payments. In fact, the number of people who defaulted on student loans in 2016 was over 1 million, according to the Penny Hoarder.

What if I am unable to complete my Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Tennessee, you work with the bankruptcy trustee to create a payment plan whereby your creditors get paid. At the end of the plan, once all of the payments have been made, your bankruptcy is completed and can be discharged. Unfortunately, some people are not able to make it all way to the end of the process. According to Yahoo, one study found that only 37 percent of Chapter 13 cases are fully completed.

The CFPB is in danger despite helping millions of consumers

Many people who live in Tennessee felt the crunch of the Great Recession. As the nation was healing from its economic woes, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created in order to prevent some of the bad lending practices that led to the downturn in the first place. Since its creation, the CFPB has taken a number of actions against companies who prey on unsuspecting consumers.

Will I be able to qualify for a credit card if I am unemployed?

If you live in Tennessee and are having financial troubles, you may feel discouraged. People struggle to pay their bills for all sorts of reasons. When money is tight, credit cards can be a useful tool to make essential purchases. However, if you are unemployed, you may be worried that companies will not be willing to extend you credit.

Amount of nationwide credit card debt is highest in a decade

There are a variety of reasons why people in Davidson open credit card accounts. While some people are able to pay off their monthly balances, others are less fortunate. For those who do end up owing a lot of money on their credit cards, the situation can be overwhelming and embarrassing. However, this problem may be more common that some people might think.

Southern states disproportionately affected by medical debt

Being on the receiving end of a hefty medical bill can be an overwhelming experience for many people in Tennessee. Medical care is something that often times cannot be put off. But the worry as to whether or not such care is affordable is real for many people.

Can You Expect Your Health Savings Account in Bankruptcy?

Of the various different types of bankruptcies, Chapter 7 tends to be the most common as well as the simplest. Specifically, it's characterized by a trustee selling off assets not protected by exemption in an effort to settle debts with creditors. Under terms of Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor can claim certain things as exempt, such as cars, property or other valuable belongings that might otherwise be sold to settle all of or parts of the total debt. Nonexempt property is everything that isn't classified as, or marked as, exempt.

Emotional spending causes financial trouble for some

People in Davidson may go into credit card debt for a variety of reasons. Some purchases are essential, such as paying to fix a broken car or replacing a household appliance. Others may seem important at the time but in the long run are probably unnecessary. Those such purchases are often driven by emotion. One study found that emotional spending is actually a more widespread problem than most people might think.

What is the best strategy to pay down my debts?

When you are living with a lot of sources of debt in Tennessee, the thought of paying them all off can seem overwhelming. Paying only the minimum amounts due means that it can take years to ever dwindle those balances down. In order to ever successfully become debt-free, it is important to have a strategy for paying off your accounts in full. While it may depend to some extent on your personality, research has shown that one method is superior for most people.

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