Credit-counseling mandate causing stir: Critics contend providers, including some under investigation, will unfairly profit from new bankruptcy law

The reform measures that took effect Oct. 17 will make it harder for filers to wipe away unsecured debt by steering more of them toward Chapter 13-instead of Chapter 7-which requires them to repay at least some obligations. But consumers wishing to declare bankruptcy must first undergo credit counseling within 180 days of filing and finish debtoreducation courses before exiting the courts. Critics contend the extra step will add more time to the pre-filing phase and increase the cost for...

 

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