Filing for bankruptcy could be an effective way to help a Texas resident get control over their finances. However, it can also have an impact on a person's credit score. While it is possible to repair a credit score, the only way to do so is by spending time making payments and taking other steps to overcome past mistakes.
Although Texas consumers who are falling behind on payments might feel powerless when confronted by debt collection agencies, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act places limits on the behavior of these companies. This federal law establishes that collectors cannot act in an abusive manner toward people.
In most cases, Texas consumers who file for bankruptcy receive immediate protection from creditors trying to collect debts. Usually, courts issue an automatic stay when a bankruptcy case is filed. This court order prevents collection actions while the bankruptcy case is in progress. Bankruptcy law holds creditors accountable if they willfully violate the stay.
Consumers in Texas and across the nation are accumulating more and more credit card debt, according to a new report by CreditDonkey.com. Furthermore, 55 percent of credit card users fail to pay their credit card balance in full each month.
People in Texas who are facing foreclosure may consider bankruptcy a possibility when no other options are available. The extent bankruptcy can help the foreclosure defendant depends on a number of factors, including the chapter utilized, the amount of arrearages, other debts and monthly income.
When people in Texas are forced to file for bankruptcy, they tend to find it difficult to apply for refinancing due to the abysmal state of their credit score. Nevertheless, they can still receive refinancing if they manage to follow a few simple steps.
Economic indicators in Texas and around the country have been improving steadily in recent years, and this has led to a sharp fall in business and personal bankruptcy filings. Chapter 7, 11 and 13 petitions soared in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but they have since fallen by more than 50 percent according to a report on the federal judiciary released by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Jan. 8.
Older people throughout Texas and the rest of America are facing a greater risk of serious financial problems. On the surface, the numbers may seem promising. There were 1.6 million bankruptcy filings in 2010, a number that dropped to 789,000 annually by 2017. However, the overall decline also includes disturbing information about the financial situation faced by Americans over the age of 55. There are a number of factors that may contribute to growing levels of insurmountable debt among older people, especially as the baby boomer generation emerges into retirement.
It takes longer for people in some states to pay off their credit card debts than it takes for people in others. Texas is one of the states where people carry the highest balances on their cards, but it's not among the worst when it comes to payoff time. The length of time it takes a person to pay off his or her credit card debt is sometimes called the credit card burden.
Debts owed by consumers in Texas and across the U.S. are expected to hit $4 trillion by the end of 2018, but the chief economist from LendingTree says it's not a reason to worry. While total consumer debt is a big number, he said, the economy is more stable and income is also increasing. Through September 2018, American consumer debt totaled $3.93 trillion, $1 trillion of which was from credit cards. The other $2.93 trillion was from things like auto loans and student loans.