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  1. 1. ==== ====READY TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES? ====In Idaho and around the country, it has been remarkably easy for borrowers to find themselves ina situation where credit card bills may spiral out of control, and the need for debt relief has beennever more important. Even during the boom times of the last few years, when the economy ofIdaho and the rest of America was blithely spinning along (and, perhaps unfortunately, credit wastoo freely given), our citizenry continued spending more than they earned, and, now that ourfinancial system teeters upon the brink of total collapse, these personal debt balances threaten thehousehold stability of countless Idaho residents.With these debt loads continuing to grow - the inevitable consequence of compound interest ratesset as exceedingly high as the credit cards would allow - all but the most self destructive of Idahofamilies have begun researching their debt relief alternatives. Most of them are more than familiarwith the Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy protections, though a surprisingly large percentageof Idaho borrowers seem unaware of the dramatic changes that have been written in to the UnitedStates bankruptcy code following the passage of 2005 legislation by the congress, but there are agood variety of other debt relief plans out there with which Idaho consumers may be able to finallyliquidate their loans for good. When examining their household budgets many Idaho families willfind out that they have honestly no other choice but to employ Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection forsuccessful debt relief, but that does not mean there are not further solutions available which couldoffer the same eventual elimination of unsecured loans without the problems (everything fromlowered credit scores to attorney costs to property seizure) that bankruptcy necessarily entails.We mention unsecured loans because these sort of loans tend to have the highest interest ratesand the least possibility of some benefit to the Idaho borrowers. Loans that are secured to actualproperty like home mortgages and car loans should feature considerably lower rates of interest,and, in many instances, they may even serve as effective tax breaks (mortgage loans on primaryresidences, particularly) for borrowers with sufficient levels of income to have that inform their debtrelief strategies. Moreover, when we talk about unsecured loans, we are really talking solely aboutthose unsecured loans (medical bills, charge cards, consumer loans, and, the greatest hindranceto Idaho borrowers personal finances, credit card accounts) which could potentially be eliminatedthrough a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge. Once again, given the aftermath of the 2005congressional legislation which weakened bankruptcy protection and made it far more hazardousfor any consumers to successfully file for bankruptcy and then endure the privations, we do notentirely encourage the procedure for most borrowers. As a matter of fact, under the newbankruptcy code, Idaho borrowers would find it hard pressed to even enter the Chapter 7 debtrelief program if they have earned more than the median income for residents of the state in thehalf year prior to filing for bankruptcy declaration. Thats right, no matter the amount of debt thatthe Idaho borrowers are carrying (which, for an extended period of hospitalization could easily runto the high six figures in virtually no time at all), they could be prevented by national laws fromeven attempting to liquidate their applicable financial obligations through bankruptcy simply
  2. 2. because they had a particularly good run at business and even if, with current economic indicatorsappearing so dismal, there is no likelihood the profitability would continue.There are a few different things that borrowers still desperate for bankruptcy protection may do toreclaim Chapter 7 eligibility despite their income - specifically, there is a means test that allowsIdaho residents who earn a bit too much to claim neediness by showing that, after deducting allnecessary expenses (counting utilities, household cost of living purchases, and all debt paymentsboth secured and unsecured), they would not be able to pay one hundred dollars a month to theirassembled creditors for the next five years - but, unfortunately, the new bankruptcy laws limit theanalysis and leniency with which the trustee appointed at random by the Idaho courts evaluateeach case. Even more potentially bothersome, those cost of living expenses do not take intoaccount the actual expenses of a given household but instead solely use the figures that were setby the Internal Revenue Service for average Idaho families which, for borrowers living in aparticularly nice part of Boise, could be extremely misleading. Attorneys experienced in both Idahobankruptcy law as well as the new federal regulations could be incredibly useful when helpingborrowers figure out the most effective way to utilize Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection as a methodof debt relief, but, with the clamor for bankruptcy declarations seemingly growing by the month asthe economic situation worsens nationwide (Idaho very much included), the fees charged by theseexperienced lawyers have increased alongside. Alongside the administrative costs and the debtrelief courses (another side effect of the 2005 legislation) now required before bankruptcydeclaration as well as again before bankruptcy discharge which the potential bankruptcy filersmust pass and pay for themselves, it turns out the poorest Idaho consumers who most need debtrelief could be effectively disallowed from even considering the bankruptcy protection.For those borrowers who earn a low enough income compared to other Idaho households thatthey would qualify for the Chapter 7 debt relief bankruptcy while still maintaining enoughdisposable income or funds tucked away in savings that they could potentially use to pay for thelaw firm (do not expect the bankruptcy attorneys, as should seem utterly reasonable, to acceptcredit), the newly designed problems of Chapter 7 debt relief bankruptcies do not end there.Borrowers in Idaho and across the country have grown accustomed to the notion that some oftheir more high priced assets - a boat, say, or a stake in a liquid investment opportunity - would beat the mercy of the court trustee and could theoretically taken by local court officials for eventualauction to attempt to repay the various creditors whose claims to unsecured debts had otherwisebeen eliminated through the bankruptcy process. That threat still stands, but, according to the waythe code is now written and forcibly carried out, the Idaho borrowers shall have to list all of theirpersonal possessions by degree of potential replacement value rather than the far more lenientresale value. The repercussions of that detail, barely reported at the time of legislation, couldmean that virtually every thing that the borrowers would own may be seized upon the discretion ofthe courts. Residents of Idaho are rather luckier than their borrowers across the country when itcomes to dealing with this particular problem as the state exemptions set down under Idaho lawshall guarantee that the most important aspects of household furnishings and family mementoswill be rendered safe from government intrusions. None the less, theres a clear limit to how muchcould be exempted, and many Idaho borrowers interested in debt relief bankruptcies shall have togird themselves for the possibility of losing property that may range from second cars to homeentertainment systems to even, after a certain amount of recognized value, their clothing andfurniture.Stacked up against the costs that we have shown bankruptcy debt relief to inevitably contain, the
  3. 3. potential for property forfeiture, and the clear damage to Idaho filers credit reports and FICOscores, Chapter 7 may not be the best alternative even for those borrowers who manage to qualifyfor the program. Chapter 13 shall be another option - one that boasts the same monetaryexpenditures and similar difficulties regarding credit scores - which should let alone the borrowerspossessions and assets, but, since the Idaho borrowers shall have to repay a majority of theirdebts while subjecting their household to a budget drawn up by Idaho court trustees that will haveto use the same (again, almost always drastically low when set against the true figures) expensesthat have been calculated by IRS bean counters, this can result in grave changes in life style.Honestly, aside from those Idaho borrowers that truly believe they have to chance the Chapter 13debt relief program to save their home from foreclosure, theres simply not much that this sort ofbankruptcy could offer the ordinary Idaho consumer. We do appreciate how important theirprimary residences should seem for ever resident of Idaho, and, of course, we have seen how thefalling real estate market and rising unemployment rates combined with the previous actions ofpredatory mortgage lenders to drive home foreclosures to unprecedented levels in Idaho andacross America. Nevertheless, if at all possible, borrowers should begin their own attempts at debtrelief well before this sort of decision about whether or not bankruptcys needed would even comein to play.Of course, most of our Idaho borrowers have likely tried some variance of debt relief on their own,and, from our discussions with consumers throughout Idaho, they have likely repeatedly attemptedto quell spending instincts on a regular basis to avoid just such an eventuality. Unfortunately,leaving aside the good number of consumers in Idaho that need debt relief assistance because ofmedical problems or some similar familial emergency, it has simply been too easy for householdsto blithely ignore the mounting pressures from their escalating debts and indulge poor spendinghabits; indeed, some research suggests that borrower may actually spend more when confrontedwith out of control credit card bills as a way to alleviate stress and tensions. Much of the fault lieswith initial budgeting procedures.Every Idaho family has some idea of what their monthly obligations are supposed to look like aswell a vague idea of how much money they could reasonably plan to earn over the comingfinancial quarter, but, beyond that, a depressing portion of Idaho consumers have little to no ideawhere their funds actually go and only actively focus upon debt relief solutions once personaleconomic troubles have essentially precluded homemade debt relief remedies. At once, all Idahohouseholds should take the time to list all of their expenses. Were not talking about just theutilities and debt payments (including secured debts that could be advantageous to maintain for aslong as possible), though borrowers should write down those as well and even call representativesof the creditors to make sure that they attain the accurate information about their various accounts,but, as well, each Idaho household should take efforts to compile some record of their actualpurchasing history so that both they have some idea of where to cut spending and a realisticnotion of what they would be able to expect when planning their budgets. Too many Idahoborrowers, fired up by the notion of debt relief, plan out a system of spending that does not takeinto account the potential spikes in expenses throughout the year (heating bills, particularly in thiseconomic age of pricing uncertainty, tend to rather dramatically escalate in the winter months) norindulge the occasional lapses of discipline that every family should occasionally come to expect.Unfortunately, no matter how greatly the Idaho family may want to fully achieve a lasting system ofdebt relief on their own, the limitations of income or excesses of past loans may sadly not allowthe personal solution for all borrowers. Indeed, this (along with the failure of modern bankruptcy to
  4. 4. successfully deal with the debt relief needs and desires of many of the consumers that such aprogram was initially started to fulfill) has caused the explosion of different debt relief alternativeswithin Idaho and across the United States. Consumer Credit Counseling shouldnt require much inthe need of explanation to Idaho borrowers who have turned on a radio or television in the pastfew years thanks to the Consumer Credit Counseling industrys seemingly ubiquitousadvertisements. Much as the larger attractions of the CCC approach are widely known -consolidation of unsecured bills with lower interest rates and, ideally, the waiver of fees that thecredit cards or other accounts had previously assessed - but the costs of this program areconsiderable and the effects upon credit reports are nearly as ruinous as those seen frombankruptcy protection. Furthermore, media attention in Idaho and throughout America haveincreasingly centered upon the growing realization that Consumer Credit Counseling companies,though they may indeed be not for profit (an essentially meaningless designation that merelypoints out that they pay as much to their employees as they receive in funds), these firms areraking in the dollars by double dipping fees by demanding extravagant money from not only theirclients but also their clients credit card companies.Although Chapter 7 debt relief programs are, as we have hopefully demonstrated, currently lessthan palatable for almost any Idaho borrower, the chance of bankruptcy still puts the fear of allthats holy into lending corporations, and, as a result, they will do whatever seems financiallypossible - including propping up the Consumer Credit Counseling industry - to limit the desirabilityof debt liquidation through bankruptcy. On the other hand, because of this lingering threat, anotherdebt relief approach has grown more popular around Idaho. The debt settlement negotiationprogram attempts to convince lenders (predominantly, once again, credit card companies and theirrepresentatives) that they must forego a significant percentage of the funds owed to thecompanies themselves just to ensure that the borrowers will not even consider bankruptcyprotection. Through successful negotiations, experienced debt settlement professionals have beenable to reduce borrowers entire debt loads by as much as sixty percent in just a matter of daysfollowing the signing of papers. Now, along with the massive cuts of credit card balances, theIdaho household will still have to agree and essentially prove their capacity to repay the totality oftheir remaining obligations within a period generally below five years or sixty months.Obviously, these levels of payments may just be out of the control of some families (and, in rarecircumstances, borrowers would also be unable to comply with the debt settlement programbecause they hold cards with those few lenders still adamantly resisting any negotiations), but itcertainly seems worth any attempts to try and see whether the debt settlement approach could besuccessful for debt relief. Even if there is not a settlement professional operating out of theborrowers particular area of Idaho, more and more of the settlement firms are working primarilyfrom internet web sites, and, provided the companies have a sterling reputation and have beencertified by the national debt settlement board, there should be no longer any suspicions aboutentrusting family finances to a remote analysts: especially, considering that the actual negotiationwork will similarly be handled over the telephone. As any Idaho borrowers who have let theirfinances fall to such an extent where they need external help should already be aware of, thereare no guarantees in this field of debt relief, but, when attempting to eliminate past credit cardbalances, something has to be done and done soon.For more information on this topic or if you are in immediate need of debt relief or debt settlement,
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