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Staff Writer at Debt Reduction Services

Bankruptcy, although necessary for many individuals, should be utilized as a last resort once all other options have been reviewed first. One of the first things that a person can do is review their own spending patterns or habits before seeking help. If acted upon before the problem reaches the point of no return it is conceivable that there may be no need for outside intervention.

There are several resources available online that are designed to help an individual create a household budget without any cost. Also most credit counseling agencies should be able to provide you with a household budget at no cost. There are also bankruptcy attorneys that will assist in this as well, however it is paramount that these services remain free of cost.

Be leery of Credit Counselors or Bankruptcy Attorneys that charge upfront for assisting in the creation of a household budget, as it seems to me that if someone is willing to charge you in order to help you get out of debt on your own then it might be that their intentions go beyond wanting to help you and fall more in line with wanting to help themselves. Now don’t get me wrong, if there is a continual service that they provide then by all means there should be some fee charged.

So before attempting a “Do it yourself bankruptcy” you may want to seek advice from an actual Bankruptcy Attorney or a certified Credit Counseling Agency first. Just be sure that the initial advice is provided at no cost.

Also if continual assistance is needed remember to shop around, fees for practically the same services can vary widely from one organization to another. Also make sure the organization that you choose to work with has the support services available to make your experience with them the best it can be.

If you have any questions, would like to discuss your financial challenges, or are just looking for advice, please call us at your convenience. As always, we are here to help and look forward to hearing from you.



Debt Reduction Services and the National Financial Education Center
Debt Reduction Services and the National Financial Education Center

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