Many Tyler residents likely made a new year's resolution to get a handle on their credit card debt. The phenomenon is occurring across the country: a recent study projects that Americans added a total of $50 billion in credit card debt over the course of the past year. Collectively, we owe $1 trillion in credit card debt.
We have all had that friend, family member or co-worker who was suddenly let go from their job. It can be a shock, both emotionally and financially. Sometimes, despite a person's best efforts, it can cause a term of unemployment. With many people living paycheck to paycheck to begin with, a bout of unemployment can have catastrophic consequences.
The burdens of debt can place you under a significant financial weight and may leave you with concerns about your financial future. If you are experiencing prolonged periods of monetary hardships, you may also be suffering a lesser quality of life in the process, potentially prompting a need to seek relief.
There is an all-too-common understanding in business here in Tyler and throughout the country that bankruptcy is the end of the line. Certainly, when business profits shrink, operations struggle and debts take over, something will need to change. But when that change is achieved by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the business does not necessarily have to call it quits altogether.
Although it is often the last thing that a debtor wants to consider when they are facing insurmountable financial challenges, bankruptcy is an excellent option for many people who want to be in control of their loans and other financial obligations. Texans have several options for bankruptcy that may allow them to receive judicial discharges of their debts and, depending upon the form of bankruptcy that they choose, the process of reaching a discharge can look very different.