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What Causes People To File For Bankruptcy?

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Due to the pandemic and rise in unemployment rates, especially in Illinois, many people are struggling to make ends meet. Unfortunately, very few creditors are willing to work with debtors to help repay the debt owed to them or offer reasonable, affordable payment plans. Consequently, many people turn to bankruptcy for financial relief. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are both viable solutions for managing and eliminating your debt.

There are numerous causes that lead to people filing for bankruptcy. Everyone’s financial situation is different. When you call us a DebtPros, you will speak with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in Chicago who will extensively review your situation and advise you on the best way to get out of debt and a much needed fresh start.

Credit Card Debt

Most people who call our firm are struggling to keep up with their credit card payments. Due to the high interest rates associated with credit cards, making the minimum payments each month does little to nothing in paying off the underlying debt. Whether you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, however, you can eliminate this debt and not worry about the high interest rates anymore.

Medical Bills

Another major reason people turn to bankruptcy is the accumulation of high medical bills. Chronic illness and accidents can lead to medical bills that are nearly impossible to payoff if you are not making enough money. Even with insurance, many people drown in medical debt and turn to bankruptcy to solve their financial issues.

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay prevents collection agencies acting on behalf of hospitals and doctors from collecting on the underlying medical debt. This means they cannot sue you or garnish your wages if you file for Chapter7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.


As stated earlier, covid has left many people without employment in Illinois. Even a brief loss of income can have devasting financial repercussions. Without steady income, families often use credit cards or payday / personal loans to maintain their monthly expenses. Due to the exorbitant interest rate on both of these, unemployed individuals dig themselves in a deep hole that they cannot get out of. Like with medical bills, Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy can help eliminate credit card debt and get you a fresh start.

Insolvent Businesses

Covid has not only caused a rise in unemployment rates but also a staggering increase in businesses failing. When a business is no longer profitable, people are forced to dissolve their business. If the business itself had debt you may not have to worry about it if you properly dissolved your business according to Illinois’ Business Corporation Act. However, if you personally signed on some of the debt, you will still be liable. Filing for bankruptcy may be the quickest path to financial recovery if that is the case.


Marriage dissolution often doubles bills, like mortgages, rent, utilities, almost overnight. Coupled with owing attorney fees associated with getting divorced, divorce can severely impact an individual’s ability to stay out of debt. Although filing for divorce can be emotionally taxing, filing for bankruptcy often helps alleviate the financial burdens that come with getting divorced.

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Above are just a few of the causes that lead people to file for bankruptcy and not an exhaustive list. If you are struggling to pay your bills, including your mortgage/rent, car note, utilities, or credit cards, contact DebtPros today for a free consultation. When you call you will speak directly with a bankruptcy lawyer who will provide review your unique financial situation and determine the best path to eliminate your debt.

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What Our Clients Say

I want to start by saying THANK YOU! John was patient, prompt, informative and easy to work with. In our time of need, he helped my parents file for bankruptcy successfully and at a great price. If you are ever in the need of any services concerning your debt and potential bankruptcy litigation, I give my word and experience that John is the BEST in the Chicagoland area.

- Eric McDowell

John was outstanding in the process of my chapter 7. Not only did he keep me abreast of every step and matter that involved my BK but he was reasonable with the price and the time I had to pay him. He sent me places that accepted my Bk when it came to getting a new car as well and his communication was an A+. There was never a time I couldn’t reach him and if he missed my call he would proceed to call back before the day over or early the next day. I recommend him to any and everyone!

- Lamar Johnson

John is a great lawyer to work with. It’s easy to be honest and share things with him. It felt good to communicate with him. When I reach out to him, he is very good at answering the phone or responding when he can. I recommend his work as well. He’s very organized and gets things done. Thank you John.

- JP W

This guy made my experience so smooth I would recommend him to anyone who is thinking about filing for bankruptcy. He is very patient with his clients and Is very informative. Every question I had he answered even if I asked it twice. Highly recommend!!!!!!

- Nikita Nichols

John is very patient, he’s worked with me from start to finish. Always answer my questions and never made me feel like I’m a bother. Never made me feel like I’m a number in his book. He’s very helpful and caring which is why I’d recommend him over any bankruptcy lawyer. Thanks John for all you do.

- Corey Ross

Thank you team DebtPros! The choice to file was not easy, but it was the best decision for my family. John, I appreciate your kindness, thoroughness, and professionalism. I feel like you’ve guided me through this process in a very personable way. Thank you for always being available to chat, and making the experience so efficient and understanding. I can see the silver lining toward a fresh start! Thank you again & Have a wonderful summer. Sincerely, SB.

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I am honored to provide such a financial relief feedback for this amazing blessing whose name is Atty. Wonais. There is so much I could share endlessly about his superb knowledge and service that he offered me as his client. However, I will share what I found to be essential in my financial issues that Atty. Wonais selflessly provided to me as his client; his expertise, his ability of trustworthiness was "everything" oh my goodness he is truly trusting thru the entire process.

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This office and staff was amazing. I was referred to John from my best friend and as soon as I reached out he was very prompt on getting back to me and helping. From start to finish the process was amazing stress free and straight forward. He stayed in communication no matter what time of the day. If I had a question he had the answer. His tips and tricks and knowledge helped me a lot and made me more comfortable and excited about starting over.

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- Jessica Burton

John did a wonderful and seamless job with my case-he handled everything properly and was very timely in all of his communication. He is professional and reliable. I would highly recommend him to anyone who may have to deal with a bankruptcy. Five stars!

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I had a great experience with Wonais Law, LLC. John is very patient and replies right away to any questions or concerns that you have. I would recommend his services to anyone.

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If I can leave more stars I will. Wonaia Law is highly recommended. John is great with making sure I understand everything that was going on, I really appreciate how he’s always there to answer any questions I have ... My chapter 7 is just about over and I have 2nd chance with living life debt free.

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John Wonais is responsive, professional, and cares for his clients. He is extremely experienced in civil litigation and has answered all of my questions in a way that I can understand as someone with zero experience in law. He has gone above and beyond and has always made sure to follow up with me when I’ve needed it. I truly feel that he has my best interest at heart.

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I want to thank John for helping me win my case he was very helpful throughout the process and very professional, thanks again.

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I was very impressed on how quickly I was responded to, and how my lawyer John made everything so easy for me to understand. I have never had to hire a lawyer before, and I'm really glad that I met such a professional, and honest person. I would highly recommended.

- Angela Mata

DebtPros is a law firm that specializes in consumer bankruptcy. John has years of valuable experience and is dedicated to helping clients file for bankruptcy. John is responsive and provides a free consultation to prospective clients. I recommend this firm to anyone who is considering filing for bankruptcy.

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