Because our society has become more and more reliant on the concept of "credit," the level of individual indebtedness has risen and, as a direct corollary, individual filings for bankruptcy relief have also increased. Credit can be beneficial to John D. Consumer ("Consumer") by allowing him to take possession of goods and pay for them at a later date. This in turn stimulates the economy by giving consumers more buying power. However, when Consumer fails to use discretion in his use of credit, he quickly finds out how the seemingly wonderful concept of credit can become a nightmare. If Consumer becomes insolvent he may begin to consider various options to resolve his situation, one of which is to file bankruptcy. However, even if he is not insolvent, he still has the option of filing bankruptcy.
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