Why don't you want to file for bankruptcy?
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You could retain a bankruptcy lawyer to negotiate a settlement with the debt collector. A debt collector will think twice about accepting a settlement from a bankruptcy lawyer as the debt collector fully realizes that they will receive nothing ($0.00) if a client files bankruptcy.
On the other hand, if you have a substantial amount of unsecured debt, a chapter 7 bankruptcy may be the best solution to reorganize your financial affairs. A fresh start may be the best solution for your situation.
Call a bankruptcy lawyer and discuss your situation.
Whether you need to file for bankruptcy cannot be determined by the entry of one judgment, or for that matter the amount of other debt you presently have incurred. One of the determining factors in making the decisions as to whether you need to file for bankruptcy is the amount of assets you presently own or anticipate owning in the future, and what you present level of income. I would urge you to consult with a consumer debtor's attorney to further discuss your particular situation.
Mr. Geisenberger is a Pennsylvania-licensed attorney only. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation. Contacting Jacques H. Geisenberger, Jr., P.C.,does not constitute legal representation, nor is any information you provide protected by attorney-client privilege.