Filing for bankruptcy is one form of debt relief, but definitely not the best option. Bankruptcy can remain on your legal record for up to twenty years. This means no car loans, home loans or any other personal loans you may want or need in the future. So, you will want to consider the below options before you file for bankruptcy.
Another debt relief option is hiring a debt relief company. These companies can consolidate your debt, settle your debt or reduce your debt. While these companies do charge fees, they can get you out of debt in as little as three years and hiring them will impact your credit history far less than bankruptcy. This may be your best option if you cannot get out of debt on your own.
The final option to consider is going it alone. It is possible to create your own debt relief. This option is the most difficult and will take the longest, but will leave you with a better credit score in the end and a feeling of accomplishment. This option may require you to get a second job or sell some of your assets. You will also have to set a budget for yourself and stick to it. It will be hard to go it alone, but will be well worth it in the end.
Monique Rowe is a guest writer of the above post, who writes for Franklin Debt Relief.