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August 2018 Archives

Are auto issues contributing to Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

There is no denying America's deeply rooted car culture. From visiting the park to grocery shopping to commuting to work, it all takes place behind the wheel. However, a love of vehicles is not enough to keep Florida consumers from experiencing car-related money problems. In fact, automotive issues are among the top causes of consumer financial despair, which may lead some to seek relief through Chapter 13 bankruptcy. 

Low-income patients in desperate need of debt relief

Seeking medical care treatment can be frightening not just because of the potential for further illness or injury, but because of the high cost of care. Federal law requires nonprofit hospitals in Florida to provide indigent care, which provides reduced or even free medical care for patients who otherwise cannot afford treatment. However, some patients who are told they qualify for indigent care soon find out that they still owe exorbitant fees, which leads some to seek debt relief through bankruptcy. 

Wells Fargo did not stop home foreclosure for qualified borrowers

Losing a house to foreclosure is a traumatizing event for homeowners. Some people in Florida are able to modify their loans or utilize certain federally-backed programs to stop home foreclosure. However, it recently came to light that a Wells Fargo mistake caused hundreds of people who qualified for help to be denied, which ultimately cost them their homes. 

Millennials may be in need of medical debt relief

There is no getting around it -- the cost of health care is astronomical. Medical costs are completely out of reach for the average Florida resident, and not just for catastrophic events. Generic costs associated with seeking care for minor illnesses and injuries is enough to push people into debt, and one group of people seems to be affected more than others -- millennials. This could potentially lead to more young adults seeking debt relief through bankruptcy.

High interest rates contribute to growing credit card debt

Credit card interest rates have been going up over recent years, which has contributed to the growing balances carried by most Americans. Higher interest rates make it much more difficult to pay off existing credit card debt, and many people in Florida may see their balances rise despite making regular payments. This is extremely problematic for consumers who are struggling to pull themselves out of debt. 

New rules will affect how student loan borrowers seek debt relief

Most borrowers know that they cannot discharge their student loans during bankruptcy. While this is generally true, relief through a federal program is an option for some people in Florida. Unfortunately, the guidelines for this program are currently under review, and projected changes could impact how some borrowers seek debt relief in the future. 

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