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Bankruptcy options for specific situations

The forgiveness of debts is an age-old value, but in some spans of history, hardly anyone was allowed to walk away from a heavy debt obligation. We no longer have debtors' prison in the United States, but there was a time when we did. People in Tennessee, where the bankruptcy rate has, in some years, been the nation's highest, should be aware that debt relief is available.

Credit card debt less likely in conversation than politics

Mortgage debt, medical debt, student loan debt -- these are the kinds of debt that people are willing to talk about. These debts hit Tennesseans from almost every walk of life. But there is another and more common example -- credit card debt. Yet a recent survey suggests that Americans are less likely to mention their credit card debt woes in casual conversation. Why?

Women with heavy debt share their stories

People from all walks of life end up needing debt relief, but a recent article focuses on women whose debt problems have spiraled out of control for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is student loan debt.

Singer Dionne Warwick seeking Chapter 7 protection

People run into serious financial problems for a variety of reasons: medical debt, mortgage debt, student loans, credit card debt and back taxes, to name only a few. That probably isn't news to a lot of people in Tennessee. It was recently reported that our state has the nation's highest bankruptcy filing rate per capita, at 6.7 filings per 1,000 residents. There is no shame in those numbers; forgiveness of debt is just about as old as debt itself.

Court ruling shields Social Security payments in bankruptcy

Some common causes of heavy debt that leads to bankruptcy are medical bills, disability and underwater mortgages. These road bumps in life are beyond people's control. Other times, financial mistakes lead to the need for debt relief. In any case, people with crushing debt in Tennessee should be aware of their debt relief options.

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