Riverside Small business bankruptcy skyrocket in 1st quarter of 2010

1224614989r33hB4.jpgRiverside and Sacramento metro areas had more small business bankruptcies then any other California localities according to a new article by Equifax. California led the U.S states in small business bankruptcies . This was a 15% increase from the last quarter. Small business throughout California are experiencing the impact from the current economic conditions. I feel that this is going to have a huge impact on individual bankruptcies as well as it is typically small businesses that lead us out of a recession and do a lot of hiring. Credit conditions are still difficult and especially difficult for small business. With the increase in bankruptcy filings being up the banks are going to keep their lending standards tight unless incentivized by the government to start lending to small businesses again.

Unfortunately with analyzing other trends in housing that have recently come out my belief is that this increase in bankruptcy filing is small businesses will not slow down. New construction is down and many of the small businesses in Riverside County are based on growth and construction. Bankruptcy is a viable option to restructure debts as well as to liquidate and protect yourself from creditors. Talk to a Riverside bankruptcy attorney if the current economic conditions have affected your business

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How does debt consolidation affect credit scores?

Initially, it might cause a slight dip due to credit inquiries. However, consistent payments can improve your credit score over time.

What is the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement?

Debt consolidation involves taking a new loan to pay off debts, while debt settlement is negotiating to pay less than you owe. Settlement can negatively impact your credit score.

What are secured vs. unsecured debt consolidation loans?

Secured loans require collateral (like a house or car), usually with lower interest rates. Unsecured loans don't require collateral but typically have higher rates.

Is debt consolidation right for me?

It depends on your total debt, interest rates, credit score, and payment capability. It's suitable if you can pay off your debt within five years and secure a lower interest rate than your current debts.

Should I consider long-term financial planning?

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How do Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies in California differ?

Chapter 7 involves liquidating assets to pay off debts, while Chapter 13 allows debt restructuring over a set period, usually three to five years.

Can my spouse's bank account be garnished for my debt?

Bankruptcy laws offer protections against such actions, but specifics depend on individual cases and state laws.

How can I learn more about my options?

Consulting a California bankruptcy attorney can provide clarity. Firms like The Law Offices of Christopher Hewitt offer free consultations to explore debt relief paths.

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