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Misguided debt relief information may worsen financial problems

One of the most important things a Louisiana resident can do when facing serious financial crisis is research state laws regarding debt alleviation options. It's also crucial to make sure one fully understands any and all implications of a proposed alternative debt relief plan. Some people in the past have met with further frustration beyond their initial financial problems when they mistakenly thought debt settlement was a better choice than bankruptcy.

Is bankruptcy a legal decision or a moral one?

You've always been told that bankruptcy is something to avoid at all costs. You think it's the closest thing you can do to breaking the law without actually becoming a criminal. You think it's wrong, you feel shame for even considering it, and you know you'd never do it.

Breathe a sigh of debt relief with one of these options

Even when the Louisiana economy is strong, the average resident may run into financial trouble at some point in life. Various factors contribute to such problems, with no two situations being exactly the same but with many having some issues in common. For instance, loss of employment tends to create almost immediate money problems for many people. Sometimes, serious financial crises may prompt people to seek immediate debt relief options.

Some say Sears in serious need of debt relief

Louisiana baby boomers may fondly recall paging through the Sears catalogues that would arrive at their doors on occasion in their childhoods. The department store mogul is reportedly hanging by a thread financially, and some say the company is in serious need of immediate debt relief. In fact, a hedge fund connected with ESL Investments Inc. has apparently loaned Sears more than $1 billion in the past several years.

Hoping debt relief comes before a creditor calls again?

Anyone facing current credit card debt or other financial problems may relate to the phrase "ringing off the hook" where their telephone is concerned. Incessant calls from creditors can cause someone to become desperate in the need for immediate debt relief. However, some Louisiana residents may not know that there are actually federal laws governing what creditors can and cannot say or do in their attempts to collect debts.

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