Many Americans turn to debt relief assistance options when they are struggling with medical, credit card or other types of unsecured debt. However, according to the Huffington Post, nearly half of all programs aimed at helping you with your debt problems, fail to achieve the results they promise. These programs include credit counseling services, debt settlement programs, etc. Even those who have success with such programs usually end up with extremely high, consolidated payments for many years and accrue thousands of dollars in interest.
Filing for bankruptcy can you save time and money when you are in financial distress. Here is an example that shows the money and time debtors can save if they choose to file for bankruptcy, rather than seek debt relief assistance. Imagine that you currently have $22,000 in unsecured debts, such as credit cards. You have recently lost your job and can no longer afford each of the individual payments; therefore you choose to consolidate your credit cards into one monthly payment with the help of a credit-counseling agency. Your monthly payment is now $418 per month for the next five years. Once you pay off your debt at the end of the five years, you have paid roughly $25,000 including interest. However, if you put the same payment of $418 per month into an IRA for five years with an average return of 9.74%, you would not only have saved yourself $3,000 in interest but you would also have approximately $32,000 saved for retirement.
Filling for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate years of extremely high monthly payments and ongoing stress. The process of filing bankruptcy can take as little as 90 days and the total cost is typically between $1,500 and $1,800.
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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.