As we enter into May it is expected that there will be an increase starting with business filings for Bankruptcy relief. Many small businesses even with government help will most likely and sadly not be able to recover. Owners of these small businesses commonly known as “Mom and Pop Shops” will also most likely be filing for personal bankruptcy to seek debt relief. Additionally these now out of work past owners, with the close of their businesses, will also be competing for job openings in the open market. All of this will lead to what many believe to be the next wave of filings by Consumers. Already there has been an increase in filings in April due to a group of Consumers who may have just been able to pay their debt with one job and maybe a side job like driving for a ride share company like Uber, but with the stay at home order their main employment, as well as any part time employment, has been drastically diminished leading to no other option but debt relief through bankruptcy.
In 2019 there were more than 700,000 filings for Consumer bankruptcies. In the height of the last recession in 2010 there were 1.6 million filings. Bankruptcy in the last few years have been declining, with a 10 year low in 2018. However as bankruptcy filings have decreased, household debt has continued to rise. In our last recession in 2008 the household debt was approximately $12.68 Trillion, and as of the end of 2019 it was $14.15 trillion. With current unemployment at over 17 million new filings in the last 4 weeks, and the uncertainty of the post reopening of the economy with the pandemic, it appears that a large amount of Consumers will face the “perfect storm” of unmanageable debt. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) has provisions that will make sure any temporary monetary relief will not affect Consumers ability to file a Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy, and help current Chapter 13 debtors lower their monthly plan payments by extending the payment period. It would seem that Congress was anticipating that many Consumers may have to avail themselves to filing a Bankruptcy as their only option for debt relief.
Discussing your options with a New Jersey Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer as we go through and upon exiting this never before seen in history event, will allow Consumers and Small Business Owners to be informed of their choices and options under the Federal Bankruptcy Code. It continues to be the hope of all involved with Creditor /Debtor Rights that the private debt collection companies, mortgage companies, credit card companies, utility providers, Car lending companies, unsecured Loan providers, cell phone carriers, internet / cable providers etc. will offer options to help all Consumers and Small Business Owners catch up on late payments or restructure payments, however if they do not then all Consumers and Small Business Owners need to know their rights for Debt Relief through Bankruptcy.
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