Contemplating Bankruptcy? Don’t Do It!

Contemplating Bankruptcy? Don’t Do It!


These are stressful times for many consumers who are finding it difficult to keep up with their bills and manage their debt. For some, the only way out could be personal bankruptcy, an option being considered by as many as one in nine Americans, according to a survey conducted by

The number of consumer bankruptcy filings has nearly doubled in the last three years, from 573,000 in 2006 to 1,064,927 in 2008, according to the National Bankruptcy Research Center.  In addition, the FindLaw survey revealed the following about what Americans are doing regarding their own finances:

  • Ten percent of Americans say they have considered filing for personal bankruptcy at some point in their lives.
  • Two percent of Americans say they have actually filed for personal bankruptcy at some point in their lives.

“Bankruptcy can be a powerful, useful tool for debtors,” said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney and editor at “However, it is often a complicated and difficult process, and there are many misconceptions about what bankruptcy can and cannot do to help relieve debt burdens. For instance, some debts — such as taxes, student loans, child support and alimony — are typically not discharged in bankruptcy. In addition, there are alternatives to bankruptcy, including credit counseling and debt management. All of the various options have pros and cons, depending on a person’s particular situation, so it’s important that people have competent, qualified legal help if they are contemplating bankruptcy.”

FindLaw says that their survey was conducted using a demographically balanced telephone survey of 1,000 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus three percent. encourages everyone to weigh all of their options when it comes to managing their personal finances.  Since we launched this site in October 2007, it has been our mission to educate, inform and offer constructive advice when it comes to managing many different aspects of your life, including your finances.  Please search our archives for related helpful material or visit for tips on how to set aside an emergency fund.
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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".