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Bankruptcy Attorney Brian Barta > Debt Relief Insights

How to Get Free of Credit Card Debt

Become free of credit card debt!

A new study released Wednesday, June 22nd found that Americans are saddled with ballooning credit card debt and are likely to end 2016 with a record high $1 trillion in outstanding balances. That will be the highest amount of credit card debt on record, surpassing even the years during and before the Great Recession. The record high was in 2008, when people owed $984.2 billion on their credit cards.  So after a couple of years in which consumers were being more frugal and working on paying off credit card balances, they have used cards at an ever-increasing rate.  Importantly, people have...

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Is Bankruptcy Really A Fresh Start?

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In my 24 years of helping clients in Santa Rosa, California, and throughout Sonoma County, get a fresh financial start I have been reassuring clients, and telling them what a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has now concluded; people who file bankruptcy do better financially in the long run, than those who don't. Today the biggest financial calamity looming ahead of 50% of people is not their immediate debt, but the inability to save for even a modest retirement.  Money spent on monthly payments for credit card debt, personal loans and revolving debt pays the interest...

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Women Uniquely Affected By Medical Debt

Several studies have recently shown that women in the United States are uniquely affected by medical debt and carry around more medical debt then men. Unfortunately, these expenses lead to high medical bills and many out of pocket costs, placing a unique burden on the female population. Statistics The Commonwealth Fund looked further into women's medical debt and found that 18.7 million women in the U.S. did not have insurance in 2010 and another 16.7 million were underinsured. These numbers have been increasing since 2000. Further, 26 percent of U.S. women having difficulty paying their medical bills and medical debt is connected...

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Improve Your Credit After Bankruptcy

If you are not familiar with the bankruptcy process, you might believe that filing for bankruptcy will ruin your credit forever and make you ineligible for credit cards and mortgages. However, this is simply not the case. Although bankruptcy will affect your credit negatively, its effect is only temporary. With a little effort on your part, you can rebuild your credit and return it to where it was before the bankruptcy (or even make it better). Check your credit scores The first thing to do after your bankruptcy is finalized is to assess the damage to your credit by reviewing your credit...

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