Bankruptcy Can Hurt for Decades
Presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama proposed changes to bankruptcy laws on Tuesday to make it easier for certain Americans to wipe away debt, but a new study reinforces the view that filing for bankruptcy may not be worth it.
Rules enacted in 2005 made it harder and more costly for Americans to file for Chapter 7, in which assets are liquidated and given to creditors, or Chapter 13, which structures a repayment plan for certain debts over a term up to five years. (Debts outside of the plan would not have to be repaid.)
However, Obama took note of the many Americans dealing with high costs and enormous debt burdens, saying that military families and those struggling with medical bills -- which cause about half of all bankruptcies -- should get a pass.
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