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TX bankruptcy lawyerWhen most people think of student loan debt, they usually picture someone who has recently graduated from college within the past few years, who, along with that diploma they earned, now owes thousands and thousands of dollars in student loans. Many young adults can be so overwhelmed with student debt, with threats of wage garnishments and other heavy-handed collection tactics, that they are unable to pay their other bills. Quite often, the only option they have to get out from all that debt is to file bankruptcy. Although student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, other debts can, and this may free enough income for them to be able to afford their monthly student loan payments.

But it is not just young adults who are being buried with student loan debt. More and more older people, including the elderly, are struggling with it. It is estimated that approximately seven million Americans over the age of 50 have student loan debt.

Can the Department of Education Seize Social Security Benefits?

Not only can the Department of Education seize tax returns and wages of people who are delinquent in student loans, but they can also withhold money from a person’s Social Security check. Social Security disability checks can also be garnished.

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debtIf you have gotten a bankruptcy, the one thing you do not want to do is to incur more debt; being unable to pay your debt is the reason you filed for bankruptcy, right? Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plans usually last anywhere from three to five years, meaning you must be financially responsible during that time period or you could risk having your case dismissed and being responsible for repaying your debts in full. While it is a good rule of thumb to avoid taking on any further debts during a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, sometimes taking on more debt is unavoidable and is a necessity. Incurring new debt during your Chapter 13 repayment period is possible, but there is a certain way you must go about it.

Reasons for Incurring New Debt

Sometimes, life can be unpredictable. Even though you were probably not planning on taking on any new debts during your Chapter 13 repayment period, things can happen and can put you in a situation where there is no other option. Generally, incurring new debt during a Chapter 13 repayment period is frowned upon and is only permitted when the debt is for something that is considered a necessity. Common reasons for incurring debt during a repayment plan include:

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