Q: I have$14k in debt, with 11collection accounts on my credit and a score of 551. Should I pay them off or file bankruptcy
I have a little over $14k in debt, divided uo between 11 collection accts. The highest being a little over 1k to school, 8k for a car repo, and 2k for broken lease. I currently make $30k annually before taxes, I have a car payment and other household bills my boyfriend and I share, I'm afraid that if I just try to wait it out until its off my credit I'll be taken to court, but I'm also not sure if I can afford to pay this debt. My boyfriend has filed bankruptcy recently and we would like to eventually buy a house. Should I file for bankruptcy, wait and see what happens if I don't, or try and work with the collectors? Will it help my credit if I do work with them?
A: There are legal, financial and personal preference aspects to your question. Best to sit down with a bankruptcy lawyer and go through the details and options.
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