Avoiding Bankruptcy

How to maintain a good credit standing.


A new bankruptcy law effective October 17, 2005 requires all debtors to undergo credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy. Please call a Discover Card Credit Assistance Representative at 1-800-767-1146 for more information about Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (CCCAs).

Bankruptcies can have a long-term negative impact on your ability to obtain and use credit:

  • Bankruptcies remain on your credit report for up to 10 years.
  • Many people find it difficult-if not impossible-to obtain a new mortgage, personal loan or credit card for years to come. When they do find a lender willing to give them another chance, they may receive less credit than desired; they may be charged higher interest rates; or they may have to pay larger down payments.

Before you consider filing for bankruptcy, ask yourself:

  • What caused my financial difficulty?
  • Have I talked to all my creditors to see if they can set repayment programs?
  • Have I talked to a credit counseling agency?
  • Have I talked about financial concerns with my friends and family?
  • Does bankruptcy make economic sense?
  • Will bankruptcy discharge enough of my debts to make it worth my while?
  • Will I have to give up property I want to keep?

We have many alternative solutions to help you avoid these complications so please call us for assistance when you need it.

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Disability or illness can strike at any time. If it does, contact us immediately at 1-800-767-1146.

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