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How to choose a credit counselor

If you are in debt in Florida, and you are unable to see a way out, speaking with a credit counselor is a good idea. Counseling can help you in a number of ways, including setting up a budget to get you out of debt. However, choose a credit counselor wisely, as some can add even more debt to your bottom line.

What can bankruptcy�s �automatic stay� protect you against?

As a Florida resident facing mounting debt, you may feel as if you spend the majority of your day dodging creditors and fielding threats. You may, too, be considering filing for bankruptcy in an attempt to get your financial affairs back in order. Should you decide to move forward with the process, you may be able to obtain temporary protection from creditor harassment through something known as "automatic stay."

Bankruptcy after the birth of a child

New parents may be very excited to welcome a child into the world, but they may also be going through a number of hardships, including financial strain. From pregnancy-related costs to job loss and other financial matters, there are many reasons why new parents may struggle with debt. In fact, some may have been in debt for years. Unfortunately, these financial hardships can cast a shadow over a time that should be very special and hopeful, and it is important for parents who are struggling with debt to have a clear idea of different options that may be open to them.

Understanding credit counseling

Residents in Florida who are experiencing debt challenges may often not know where to turn. Some people immediately think bankruptcy is their only option while others may even be too afraid to seek any type of help at all. While bankruptcy may be the right option for some people, it does not mean that it is the only solution to debt problems. Consumers may find that working with a credit counselor can offer the assistance they need.

How much of your wages get garnished for unpaid credit card debt?

As one of many Floridians who are currently facing monumental credit card debt, you may have concerns about whether your creditors can garnish your wages at work until they get everything you owe them. Wage garnishment often occurs when you have unpaid credit cards, child support or student loan payments, and it can prove embarrassing and problematic.

What happens to credit card debt when you divorce?

If you are like many people across Florida who are going through a divorce, you may be looking forward to making a clean break from your former partner and getting a fresh start. Doing so can prove more complicated, however, if the two of you share considerable credit card debt, which is common among many American couples. So, what, exactly, happens to that credit card debt when you and your one-time partner split?

What is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act?

If you live in Florida and face overwhelming debt, your phone likely rings a lot. You may have stopped answering it when you fail to recognize the incoming number, fearing the call is from one more of your creditors calling to harass you about debt repayment. You may feel that you have no rights at all.

How to recognize debt settlement scams

As a Florida resident who feels like you are drowning in debt, you may be looking for just about any type of assistance you can get. You may, too, find that you are increasingly becoming a target of debt settlement companies who may make all kinds of promises in an attempt to get you to work with them. At Kingcade Garcia McMaken, we recognize that some debt settlement companies are little more than scams, and we have helped many clients facing overwhelming debt pursue safer solutions that meet their needs.

How do I find a good credit counseling agency?

Since good credit counseling can save you from a possible stint in bankruptcy court, you want to find the best credit counselor for you in the state of Florida. Still, with the variety of choices available, you might feel lost. Some people may also feel panicked because of their mounting debt and decide to go with the first counselor they come across. However, Nerdwallet suggests you will be better off if you undertake some careful preparation before making a commitment to any counseling agency.

Is it true that federal student loans won't be forgiven?

You may have accrued significant student loan debt, figuring it would be no problem to repay it once you began your career. Unfortunately, like many Florida residents, you encountered unforeseen financial troubles and you are having difficulty staying afloat, let alone paying down your student debt. You might be considering filing for bankruptcy, but you've heard that student loans are not eligible for a bankruptcy discharge.

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