Residents of Washington state, like those in other states, are experiencing a spike in credit card debt. Balances and the gross amount of debt collectively accumulated are now being compared to what existed in 2007, just before the financial collapse and beginning of the recession. These trends may be signs that the country is headed again for trouble with a glut of unpaid debt, which generally also is evidenced by an increase in bankruptcy filings.
The holiday season in Washington state and everywhere else is a joy for most people due to their relaxing encounters with family and friends and the joyful reigniting of the values of love, charity and gift-giving. The time is short, however, and within a few days a flood of credit card debt will appear in some people's mailboxes, knocking them out of their reverie. It is that post-holiday rush of financial obligations that may make the season slightly depressing overall for some people.
Residents of Washington state who are pressured by burdensome debt must often make decisions on how to get debt relief and resolve the problem. When making that decision, some people also become concerned with the impact of the decision on their credit score. Sometimes overwhelming debt tends to rule out worrying about credit ratings, especially because credit scores and ratings are something that can be improved later. This is true even with respect to the bankruptcy remedy.
In Washington state, is there relief for a senior couple who are near 80 years old, the wife suffers from a heart condition requiring recent surgery, and they have amassed a credit-card tab of $70,000? The medical bills for the surgery and hospitalization will surpass the available coverage under Medicare, so that the couple's debt load will undoubtedly be overwhelming and unmanageable. Barring a lottery windfall or some other unexpected resource, the circumstances reasonably and realistically call for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
In Washington State and throughout the country, there is a steady flow of people age 65 and over who are filing bankruptcy to obtain debt relief. The biggest cause of this trend is medical bills that older individuals cannot afford to pay. In fact, medical debt is now the biggest single source of bankruptcy filings in the country.
It is absolutely possible for a Washington resident to do everything right in preparation for retirement, yet still encounter significant financial difficulties. For many, medical bills present a huge challenge -- one that can eventually lead to the need to file for bankruptcy protection. A recent article looks at the example of one retiree.
Faced with mounting levels of debt, many Washington residents are in search of effective and lasting relief. Debt relief comes in many forms, ranging from restructuring of debt all the way to filing for personal bankruptcy. For many consumers, taking on a personal loan can be an effective way to achieve debt relief.
Very often, Washington residents take an overly narrow focus in regard to managing their debt. Once the decision is made to seek debt relief, attention turns to the steps required to complete that process. While this is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, consumers may also want to consider addressing credit repair at the same time.
Faced with serious debt issues, many Washington residents are uncertain how to proceed. They may be acutely aware that they need to embark on a path toward debt management, but knowing where to begin is another matter entirely. When considering various options, one of the most important things for people with student loans to consider is how to prioritize those debts in relation to credit card debt.
Receiving calls from debt collection agencies is not something that anyone looks forward to. By the time debt collectors come calling, Washington residents are usually deeply mired in debt. As they struggle to regain control of their finances, dealing with aggressive or misleading debt collection agencies over credit card debt is just one more source of stress. When interacting with debt collectors, it is important to understand the consumer protections that are in place.