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Even with protective laws, payday loans can be a trap

You may have been tempted before to apply for a payday loan. After all, the ads promise quick, easy money without having to have good credit. However, as we at the Law Office of Paul R. Idlas know, payday loans often lure unsuspecting borrowers in like a spider catches a fly. You and other Illinois residents should understand what these potentially predatory loans entail.

How do Americans feel about their personal debt?

If you are an Illinois resident who believes your household has never fully recovered from the 2009 financial crash, you are not alone. Despite frequent news reports of an economic recovery, many people across the nation have failed to feel its effects. If you are one of them, your amount of debt likely has increased in the past decade while your salary or wages have not kept pace.

Can the HARP program save your home?

As an Illinois homeowner, you not only love your home, but it likely represents one of your biggest investments. Consequently, if you are thinking about bankruptcy as your only way out of overwhelming debt, you nevertheless want to save your home if at all possible. As Mortgage Reports explains, the Home Affordable Refinance Program may be the way you can do this.

The basics of timing your bankruptcy

The financial difficulties you are experiencing may have had you considering bankruptcy for a while, but you might not realize that the time you file can have a positive or detrimental effect on the results of your bankruptcy discharge. In fact, when and how you file for personal bankruptcy might even result in fraud penalties. At the Law Office of Paul R. Idlas, we are prepared to answer the questions of Illinois residents to help them avoid potential penalties and make the most of the bankruptcy process.

How to find relief when debt becomes a burden

Sometimes individuals have a problem with debt because of out-of-control spending habits, but sometimes debt overwhelms homeowners and others unexpectedly. A shift in the housing market, a job loss, an accident or an extended illness that causes medical bills to pile up — all of these situations can happen without warning, leaving Illinois families struggling under the weight of debt they cannot repay.

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