Bankruptcy: Enshrined in Our Constitution to Protect Us

Posted on October 19, 2017. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , , |

Although several countries have bankruptcy laws of one variety or another, most are designed to assist businesses in financial trouble. The United States is unique in that it is one of very few that have a bankruptcy system designed to assist the consumer debtor. Additionally, this protection afforded by bankruptcy is enshrined in our Constitution.

The New York Times has an article describing the horrors of a country without such a bankruptcy law to act as a safety net for the honest, but unfortunate debtor. The article describes how one Afghani man owed a debt that almost required him to sell his 6 year old daughter in marriage to the creditor when he could not repay the debt.  Thankfully at the last minute, someone paid his debt for him averting disaster.  But how many times in Afghanistan and other countries do debts go unpaid and a child is lost ?  The man had originally borrowed the money to pay for medical bills.

Let us be thankful that we live in a country that allows the honest but unfortunate debtor to be protected from such evils as described in this article, or other evils such as debtor prisons or involuntary servitude to the creditor.

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Medical Credit Cards: Can Consumers Afford Them ?

Posted on October 14, 2013. Filed under: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , , , |

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The New York Times has an article out today that discusses the recent trend of medical offices offering to patients the option of paying for their procedures in advance with a medical credit card. These cards, or accounts, are being offered to pay the portion of the care not covered by health insurance, or even for folks without health insurance or who have no coverage for that particular procedure.

There are many different companies that offer these cards, or accounts, but the one that we see most often with clients is the CareCredit, a unit of General Electric Finance.

If a patient does sign up, the medical provider is paid by the finance company, then the patient pays back the finance company over time, often at very high interest rates.

These accounts are treated in bankruptcy as an unsecured creditor and may be a debt that can be discharged.

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