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Follow these tips if you plan to declare bankruptcy

Imagine working the same job in Shreveport for over 15 years. You have a steady income you can depend on to pay for your home, the monthly bills and even take a decent vacation once a year. But, when a new management team came in, they started making cuts. Some people were laid off while others saw a sudden decrease in pay. Six months later and you have run through your savings, maxed out your credit cards and you are in danger of losing your car and your home.

Is balance transfer a good option for major credit card debt?

When spending outweighs income, it can lead to serious financial crisis. Many people in Louisiana are currently knee-deep in credit card debt, but they are definitely not alone in their struggle as thousands of consumers throughout the nation can relate. In fact, available data shows the average household in the United States likely carries more than $15,000 in credit debt.

Could Chapter 13 be the answer to your financial woes?

If you're currently facing a financial crisis, you're far from the only person in Louisiana to be going through such times. Where finances are concerned, there is typically an ebb and flow; some years may be better than others. It's often surprising how quickly things can get out of hand once credit card debt starts piling up or an unforeseen circumstance arises that carries exorbitant expenses, such as a medical emergency. When researching potential forms of debt relief, those with steady incomes may want to consider Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Racial bias may exist where Chapter 13 bankruptcy is concerned

Recent studies suggest there may be prevalent stereotypes against a particular race of people when it comes to certain forms of debt relief. Various psychologists and legal researchers combined efforts to investigate the topic.  They have concluded that there are significant racial disparities associated, in particular, with Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Louisiana residents currently facing a financial crisis may want to learn more about this issue.

Many Generation Xers are currently facing credit card debt

Those born in between the mid 1960s through the late 1970s are part of the age group known as Generation X. Often described as directionless or navigating their way through life without purpose or particular focus, many Gen Xers in Louisiana and elsewhere would likely take offense to such stereotypes. There is one thing that a lot of people born in this particular era seem to have in common, however, and that is substantial credit card debt.

Debt relief litigation continues for Circuit City

Sometimes, a Louisiana business will arrange a reorganization of finances and business structure in order to overcome a financial crisis. It may happen that after a particular debt relief process is activated, something occurs that necessitates a change in action. For example, major retailer Circuit City filed for reorganization bankruptcy nearly a decade ago but soon afterward determined that a complete liquidation was necessary.

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