Those Tennesseans who are struggling with overwhelming debt are not alone. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital found that more than one-third, 35 percent, of Americans who have credit files have debt that has been turned over to collection agencies. That's 77 million individuals. The study assessed non-mortgage debts like medical expenses and credit card bills that were so overdue that the account was handed over to collections. The median amount in collections is more than $1,300, a significant amount. Of course, many face much higher debt amounts that can leave them financially debilitated.
Many Tennesseans try to handle their debt responsibly. They attempt to make payments on time, pay debt off in a timely fashion, and communicate with their creditors when necessary. However, life is always unexpected, and sometimes unexpected events throw a wrench in our financial planning. An unexpected illness, job loss, or wage cut can all leave an individual facing tough financial challenges. However, there are other debts that may be thrust upon an individual in surprising fashion, leaving him or her desperate for help.
As college tuition and the cost of living continue to rise, more and more Americans are finding themselves with overwhelming student loan debt. With high interest rates, these debts can quickly spiral out of control and leave a borrower stressing over whether or not he or she will even ever be able to afford to pay it off. When such personal debt creates extreme financial challenges, these individuals may find themselves asking if they can discharge their student loans through bankruptcy.
Many Tennesseans live in fear of losing their home, and with the sluggish economy and the financial challenges faced by many, it is understandable. The thought of foreclosure can be terrifying, leaving a family not knowing what they will do next. While this fear can be paralyzing, those with overwhelming debt and facing foreclosure should dissuade themselves from inaction.
In today's struggling economy it is not uncommon for an individual to be struggling with personal debt. In fact, one out of every seven individuals is currently being pursued by a debt collector. Medical debt, credit card debt, mortgage debt, and student loan debt can all mount, and before one knows it he or she is overdue on debt and is being harassed by creditors. In some instances, overwhelming debt can even lead to wage garnishment. However, certain protections are in place to protect consumers from debt collectors, and Tennessee residents should take note.
Filing for bankruptcy is a consumer remedy that is available for everyone. In fact, despite popular misconceptions even the most socially upstanding of citizens, like law enforcement officials, sometimes end up filing for bankruptcy. The most common form of bankruptcy individuals file today is Chapter 7 bankruptcy.