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Proper planning may help families to avoid medical debt

Bankruptcy is often given a bad rap by Cuyahoga Falls residents. Many may view it as simply a way for irresponsible individuals to get out of having to pay their debts. Yet a majority of people who seek bankruptcy protection are forced into doing so by circumstances that are beyond their control. Chief among these is medical emergencies. No one ever anticipates having health problems, and thus many are unprepared to deal with the expenses associated with them. It should not be surprising then that medical debt has become the most common reason why Americans file for personal bankruptcy.

Reality TV star dealing with massive debt through bankruptcy

Many may wonder what it would be like to have unlimited financial resources. Individual residents of Summit may have a different financial figure that they would classify as being unlimited. Yet one thing that most would likely agree on is that a sudden infusion such a sum to their monthly budgets would solve all of their financial problems. What many don’t realize is that financial struggles often have little to do with a lack of money, but rather are due to one’s circumstances. It’s easy to dismiss the money troubles of others by simply saying that they don’t manage it responsibly. However, a closer look at someone’s financial situation may reveal that for many, the cause of their overwhelming debt isn’t always so black and white.

Student loan debt starting to take a toll on America’s economy

Most people in Cuyahoga Falls try to avoid debt and the financial pitfalls that it can carry with it. Yet even the tightest of penny-pinchers has to concede that there are some valid reasons to assume debt, such a buying a home or a reliable car. Financing one’s education would also likely fall into the necessary debt category. This is evidenced by the fact that Americans currently owe nearly $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. Unfortunately, the inability of many to avoid defaulting on their student loans is starting to be felt in the nation’s economy.

Businessman files for personal bankruptcy along with his company

Many in Summit are surprised when they hear of a local prominent citizen filing for personal bankruptcy. These people often portray extravagant lifestyles and would appear to most to be the very definition of sound financial planners. Yet often many of these people perceived to be wealthy have almost all of their personal assets tied up in business endeavors. Should changes in the market or poor business decisions cause those endeavors to fail, they are often left with literally nothing. From this prospective, it would almost seem as though those in these situations are more likely to need to seek bankruptcy protection than the rest of the general population.

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