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Fighting Bankruptcy: Understanding Bankruptcy Alternatives

Posted by attorney Irwin Pollack

Across America, bankruptcy is an eminent threat to many families and businesses. You may think that this is your only option when facing financial troubles, but there are many things you could do to avoid filing for bankruptcy.

More and more families and businesses are finding it hard to make their mortgage payments and pay their monthly bills. It can seem like you are trapped by debt and do not know how you will ever get back on track. Sometimes bankruptcy is the best option, but it does possess some disadvantages. It can substantially lower your credit rating for years and could require you to liquidize assets you desire to keep. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you should first become aware of the different alternatives that are available in the U.S. A skilled attorney could reduce your debt through debt negotiation, debt settlement, loan modification, loan audits, deed in lieu, or short sale.

Debt negotiation involves negotiating with your credit or loan company. Modifications to the terms or payments may be possible, but creditors are often unwilling to compromise. An aggressive bankruptcy attorney fighting for you could decrease your interest rate or principal. They could also negotiate a lump sum payment to the creditor that is considerably less than the original amount. Debt settlement is a form of debt relief that involves a lump sum being paid to your creditor rather than monthly payments. Creditors often accept this alternative because it guarantees they will receive repayment. This amount is sometimes as low as 20% of the original loan and thus is beneficial to the client and creditor.

Loan modification is one of the best ways a family of individual can avoid losing their home to foreclosure or bankruptcy. If you have defaulted on your payments, you may qualify to have your monthly repayment fee lowered as well as reducing your interest and principal. A loan audit is performed to investigate whether your loan provider violated the law in the funding of the loan. Sometimes loan fraud and predatory lending violations will be revealed. If your loan is found to be illegal, your foreclosure and mortgage payments will halt. You may even able to file a lawsuit against your loan provider so that you do not have to worry about foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Deed in lieu of foreclosure allows the homeowners to avoid bankruptcy by giving over ownership of their house to the loan provider. If your house is worth less than the amount due, an attorney can negotiate the amount to be forgiven. A short sale is similar in that the house is sold for a price less than the amount due. By talking to a Boston bankruptcy lawyer, you can discover what the bankruptcy alternative for you is. Contact Patriot Bankruptcy today!

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Patriot Bankruptcy is a full-service bankruptcy law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. They have spent years helping individuals and businesses afflicted with financial troubles. They will meet you with an open ear and will patiently listen to what you have to say. They will then employ their knowledge and experience when developing an effective solution to your problem. They take pride in helping people make the right choices when it comes to bankruptcy or its alternatives. Your initial consultation is free, and you will have a lot to gain from their priceless insight. Start taking action now to improve your situation – contact a Boston bankruptcy lawyer from their firm or visit

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