Would you like to experience peace of mind?

1.4 Million People have found their fresh start in 2009 by filing for Bankruptcy. Would you like to experience this peace of mind?

It’s true. Over the last year 1.4 million Americans have sought shelter in the bankruptcy code to renew their fresh start and experience life free from debt collectors, overdue bills, revolving balance transfers, and the stress that comes from living in this cycle of debt.
They’ve made the right decisions for themselves and their families. If you are already behind on bills and have dings against your credit, your credit score has been affected negatively and you are unlikely to get new loans and lines of credit in this economy. You are not alone. More than 10% of credit card holders are far behind on their monthly bills.

You know better than anyone that with 29% default rates you are going to be a slave to the credit card companies for a long time. You need relief and the bankruptcy code is most likely the best place to look for it.

Whether due to medical bills, divorce, wages that don’t keep up with the cost of living, many individuals and families in California have had to turn to the bankruptcy courts for relief. California Central District which comprises of Riverside, Orange County, and Los Angeles have had the highest number of bankruptcy filing in the United States. In fact it is double of the second highest which is Florida. These so called Sunshine States; Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada saw a huge bubble in housing and many families have fallen victim to the banks loose standards for lending, the real estate professionals who made heavy fees for incorrect appraisals and many other factors that you did not control.

Frequently Asked Questions: Debt Consolidation in California
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?

Yes, debt consolidation should be part of a broader financial strategy including budgeting, cutting expenses, and building an emergency fund.

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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