Louisiana consumers with credit card debt who suffered job losses, wage cuts or other financial emergencies will likely be looking for methods to remedy their dire situations. Different debt relief options may suit the circumstances of some, but none of them is a quick fix. Careful consideration is necessary because the chosen method may cause even more hardship as time goes by, and to compare the available options with the protection offered by the U.S. Bankruptcy code may be informative.
As in other states, many consumers in Louisiana struggle to pay debts that have become overwhelming. There are several ways to achieve debt relief, though some are more effective than others. Typically, a debt settlement company collects payments from the consumer and negotiates a settlement with the creditor. Once an agreement is reached, the accumulated payments held in a dedicated account are used to pay the creditor.
Six months ago, you graduated from Louisiana State University and you've just received your first notice requesting payment on your student loans and wondering how you're going to afford the payments on your entry-level salary. Or perhaps, you graduated from Tulane several years ago and you're finding yourself deep in debt between your mortgage and your student loans.
Even the most frugal residents of Louisiana can develop financial difficulties. Many people have no emergency savings, and the start of a debt spiral could be only a job loss or an unanticipated medical crisis away. When this happens, it is only natural for a person to evaluate the situation and consider seeking debt relief.
In a previous post, we began looking at the issue of surprise medical bills, and medical debt in general. As we noted, it is important for consumers of health care services to understand the coverage their plan offers and to be careful about selecting in-network providers.
As we quickly approach open enrollment season, many people are taking time to assess their options when it comes to health insurance. In the last week or so, headlines are popping up talking about the increase in premiums for exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act. As we are finding out, more young people are opting to forego health insurance because of the high costs and to pay the federal fine instead, taking their chances on avoiding the extra costs.
Credit cards can be a useful financial tool, if they are used wisely, but they can also be a quick way to financial ruin if they are used indiscriminately or in desperation. Unfortunately, many people do not have a healthy relationship with credit cards, and this can be seen in the latest findings on credit card debt.
To get around the Lafayette area, you likely depend on your vehicle to get to work and drive children to their events. If you fall behind on a car payment or two, you may start getting threatening phone calls from your lender. Are you starting to feel like there's no way to avoid the repossession?
In our last post, we began looking at the topic of modifying a Chapter 13 repayment plan. We’ve already looked briefly at some of the permissible grounds for modifying a repayment plan under federal bankruptcy law. Here we wanted to briefly mention some of the substantive requirements for modification.
Stress over out-of-control student loan debt is hard to escape. Past due notices in the mail. A phone that continuously rings. Routine internet searches displaying targeted ads that promote debt relief services.