Personal Bankruptcy in Indiana and Poverty in America

February 2, 2012 10:15 pm Published by

What’s ahead when it comes to bankruptcy in Indiana?   In fact, what’s going on aroundpoverty our country?  (It’s easy to understand why I, as a debt consolidation lawyer offering Indiana bankruptcy help would be interested in statistics about bankruptcy, but why would you, readers of these Bankruptcy in Indiana articles, care about anybody else’s bankruptcy but your own?)

Well, for a number of reasons.  Remember the “ripple effect” I’m always discussing, the one where a company has financial problems and lays off employees?  Those employees then have no money to buy stuff, so the small business owners in the area are hurt.  Problems – and solutions to problems – are contagious.  Knowing what’s going on around you keeps you prepared to deal with whatever life dishes up. That’s why I think it’s so important for me, in these Bankruptcy in Indiana articles, to stay on top of news from around the globe and to encourage all my colleagues the Bloomington, Anderson, Indianapolis, and Columbus bankruptcy lawyers to read everything they can get their hands on and then share information.

Take the item from the Milwaukee Business Journal, for example, reporting that eastern Wisconsin bankruptcy filings declined by 7% in 2011, while at the same time quoting a local attorney who believes filing personal bankruptcy will increase in 2012, because people remain underemployed and because many homeowners will not be able to arrange mortgage modifications on their homes.

In our own four Zuckerberg bankruptcy law offices, we work hard to help people negotiate mortgage modifications, but the fact remains that Chapter 13 bankruptcy law in Indiana has proven to be a much more effective tool to help stop foreclosure.

A second article out of Washington State also notes that bankruptcy filings appear to have slowed down a little, but that a future jump is expected as bank try to recoup their losses from some of the foreclosures.

The statistics tell us there were 22754 cases filed in Southern District of Indiana in 2011, compared with 27394 the prior year.  But, as someone who’s helped tens of thousands of Indiana debtors make a fresh financial start by filing individual bankruptcy in Indiana, I believe we’re not nearly out of the woods yet.

An Indiana University study says that 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line, and that those numbers will continue to rise.  Although the recession is officially over, the scarcity of well-paying jobs will have the effect of increasing poverty levels.

Predictions won’t help you individually, but what I’m hoping is that knowing how widespread the problems are will help you realize that time is on your side only if you, early on, seek help in exploring different options. No, you may not be ready to actually file personal bankruptcy in Indiana or small business bankruptcy in Indiana, but, are you ready to get your own personal statistics (your “ducks”) in a row, ready to handle whatever the new year brings?


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