Millions of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. Most of these individuals are one financial crisis away from financial ruin. In an attempt to bridge their financial shortfall, a lot of struggling Americans turn to payday loans. In fact, about 12 million people take out one of these loans each year. While they can be quick to obtain, thereby making them enticing, they usually carry exorbitant interest rates that can be as high as 450 percent. Even with principal loans starting at as little as a couple hundred dollars, these loans can quickly spiral out of control when they are not paid back quickly.
Bankruptcy can be a very real process through which Texans can obtain relief from overwhelming financial obligations. Whether an individual seeks bankruptcy through Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code, an individual must meet certain federal requirements before relief can be granted. Those who fail to do so can wind up having their bankruptcy petition denied, meaning that they will then be forced to continue to struggle with their financial predicament for some time to come.
If you're like most Texas residents who have financially struggled from time to time, you understand how difficult it can be to get life back on track when circumstances, crises or even just poor spending habits have thrown your finances off balance. Although your intention may be to pay back any outstanding debts you happen to have at a given time, it's something that is often easier said than done.
It's practically inevitable that at some point in your life you will need medical care. Some Texans find themselves requiring more extensive treatment, though, which can lead to larger medical bills. Many hoped that the Affordable Care Act, passed during the Obama administration, would help curtail those costs and make affordable medical care accessible to all. Yet, although the legislation hoped to reduce the risk of financial ruin caused by medical expenses, the fact of the matter is that Americans are seeking medical-related bankruptcy with all too common frequency.
Once you have decided to file for bankruptcy in Texas, you will need to file a petition to file for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Generally, a governmental trustee will be assigned to your case to oversee the bankruptcy process. To have your bankruptcy petition approved by the court, you will need to take the following steps.