Pennsylvania citizens suffering from an onslaught of debt are usually seeking relief in some form or another. These people are exposed to a plethora of advertisements about such relief through various debt or credit management companies. When times are truly hard, it is easy to believe that these companies hold the answer debt-ridden citizens so desperately need. However, you owe it to yourself to learn the truth before you decide to pin your hopes on these organizations.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, many of these debt relief companies are not legitimate. In fact, they often require large, up front payments and then provide no services at all toward reducing the person's debt. Some of the companies that do provide services pay only the smallest amount to creditors, keeping the lion's share for themselves.
One way to prevent becoming a debt relief scam victim is to avoid such arrangements altogether. Instead of succumbing to the temptation to hire an outside organization to make it all go away, work on your debt personally. Sometimes, this means working out a new payment plan with your creditors. Other times, more drastic yet effective measures may be called for.
One such measure is filing for bankruptcy. While this prospect frightens many people mired in debt, it remains an effective and proactive approach to out-of-control debt. With a bankruptcy, you could keep your home, get a handle on your finances and start a fresh new chapter of your life. Bankruptcy is just one way a Pennsylvania attorney can assist you in getting your life back on track. Find out more on the website of the Bryan P. Keenan & Associates law firm.