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Will my family have to pay my debts after I die?

You have worked hard all your life to be able to pay your bills, but like most Americans, you have some debt. You might even have significant debt that you are certain you will not pay off before you die. What happens to your debt after your death, though? Is Floridians’ debt wiped clean after they pass away?

Creditor abuses you should never have to put up with

As you may know, being deep in debt goes hand in hand with dealing with creditors. You may not know, however, that there are some debt collection practices that violate consumer rights laws. You and other Florida residents should understand which debt collector practices are lawful and which ones violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

3 routes for trying to stop a foreclosure

If you are facing the threat of a foreclosure, you may dread even thinking about the facts that got you into this place. The thought of a foreclosure is depressing; it probably never entered your mind when you first bought your home. However, even if you are falling behind on payments, you do not need to lose all hope.

Should you worry about a stigma surrounding bankruptcy?

You might be considering filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but several things are holding you back. You have long believed that there is an embarrassing stigma to going bankrupt and that doing so would be giving up – a very last resort. If so, you are not alone. Countless people experiencing financial difficulties in Florida and elsewhere are facing a difficult decision. Will it help to file for bankruptcy, or is it simply too shameful to try?

Can you get out of debt quickly?

The "bad" news first--it is unlikely you can get out of debt in a matter of days or weeks. A report published in 2016 pointed out that the average American household carried a debt load of $137,063, and that is a big mountain to surmount quickly. Even if it is only a relatively small chunk of that debt you want to erase, say, your $16,000 credit card debt, you are usually looking at a long-term haul.

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