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Unsecured and Secured Debt

Interchangeability of Unsecured and Secured Debt

Secured and unsecured debts are different but also very closely related. Secured debt is essentially liens against your property (any type of debt backed up by property) and has the highest value. A classic example is a mortgage.

Unsecured debt is different in that it is not backed up against any property; good examples are credit card debt, student loans and medical bills. However, it does not mean that unsecured debt cannot become secured and vice versa. For example, consider the following scenario:

An individual owes a credit card company $10,000. The individual is unable to make payments and the credit card company takes him or her to court. If a judgment is obtained against the individual, the credit card company now has the ability to execute upon that judgment.

This can result in going after personal assets — bank accounts, savings accounts and up to 10 percent of a gross salary. In Alabama, they can even file a lien against your home or land. Therefore, the unsecured credit card debt becomes secured debt. This is harsh recourse that many people are unaware of.

If the beginnings of this scenario sound familiar, you need legal and financial assistance immediately. I am bankruptcy lawyer Brent W. Davis. Since 1995, from my office in Birmingham, I have helped my clients with their debt problems and bankruptcy filings and obtained effective results. Contact an experienced Birmingham secured debt attorney today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Contact Brent W. Davis & Associates

Available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., I am ready to answer your questions about unsecured and secured debt. Located in Birmingham – Homewood and Pelham, my office offers free parking. Contact a Alabama unsecured debt attorney today at (205) 989-1919 for a free initial consultation.

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