Lately, it hasn’t been easy to make a living here in the United States. According to the government , unemployment is still in the 9% range and doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Last year in 2011, the number of Americans filing bankruptcy fell flat. Many anticipated these numbers to continue to rise as the economy continues to wallow. Many experts are predicting the economy to continue its downward path as the middle class becomes almost nonexistent. The government recently reported that inflation was 1.8%, obviously whoever figured this out has not been to the grocery store or the gas pumps. The cost of groceries is going through the roof and it’s getting to the point where someone has taken a loan out to fill their car up at the gas station. With all this going on people should be prepared and . It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that things are going to get much worse and there is a possibility that anyone might face a bankruptcy filing.
My grandparents used to tell me when I was a kid to always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I guess that comes from a generation that lived through the Great Depression. It’s very short minded to be hardheaded and say that you would never have to file for bankruptcy in your lifetime. As a rule of thumb, never say never. Anyone can be susceptible to filing bankruptcy and really should take the time to get a basic understanding and knowledge of the subject. No one really wants to hear the word bankruptcy, but in today’s economy it might just be unavoidable. People can’t predict a medical illness or an unforeseeable divorce. There are other factors involved that nobody can control. Even if someone has a great job and everything seems to be going wonderful, many times all it will take is a medical emergency that sends their finances into a tailspin. Most Americans today live way beyond their means and it doesn’t take much to put them upside down. In the past, most people had large savings accounts for an emergency or rainy day, but now Americans rely on credit for their emergencies. The problem with this is if the emergency makes a person unable to work increasing indebtedness will even compound the problem and not help it.
It’s important to take the time and cruise the Internet to get a basic knowledge about filing for bankruptcy. Personal bankruptcy comes in two basic chapters with the most popular being Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the lesser-known Chapter 13. It’s better to be well-versed in the subject so when financial disaster strikes a person will know exactly what to do.
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