Filing for bankruptcy has never been “easy,” but changes over the last several years have made the process even more complex than it used to be. Now, consumers must attend both credit counseling and debtor education before they can receive a bankruptcy discharge. Learn more about these counseling requirements in the following paragraphs, including how they are different and what you can expect during the process.
Why Counseling is Required
Most consumers would rather stay out of debt and avoid bankruptcy, but without the right tools, strategies, and information, doing so can be extremely difficult – especially in a world where credit is necessary for almost everything. Seeing the disconnect, the U.S. Government decided to put a new requirement in place; all debtors would need to attend counseling to improve their understanding of credit, debt, and how to manage it all wisely.