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The effect of debt on older Americans

Older Ohio residents are still in debt when they reach retirement age according to a MoneyMagnify analysis. The analysis was conducted using information from a University of Michigan study. Conducted since 1990, it asks more than 20,000 Americans at or over the age of 50 about the state of their finances.

New rules will affect Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases

Ohio consumers who are considering filing for bankruptcy might want to be aware of new rules that may affect their cases. The rules, which were issued by Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States in April and sent to Congress, will modify several aspects of Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings.

Trustee actions deemed invasive

Recently, Chapter 7 trustees have been asking debtors for passwords to PayPal, Amazon Prime and similar accounts. How this may impact Ohio debtors is unclear as the Justice Department does not approve of these questions. It is also unclear how the information is used or who may have access to it. The questions were asked by trustees in Maryland who demanded that debtors keep the accounts active and refrain from changing the passwords for 10 days.

Responsibility for a deceased person's credit card

If the owner of a credit card dies, surviving family members might be responsible for the debt in some circumstances. However, if a person is a sole cardholder, it is likely that no one else is responsible for the debt including the surviving spouse since Ohio is not a community property state. If the card is a rewards card, the company might apply the rewards toward the debt. If this is not enough to cover the debt, the credit card company might try to collect from the estate.

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