The Tennessean ran a story this morning, Bankruptcy Filings Rebound, that discusses the fact that Bankruptcy filings in Nashville and the Middle District of Tennessee went up in July 2010, after declining the prior few months.
Although the article doesn’t say so, I wonder if the re-commencement of foreclosure sales under the new Tennessee foreclosure law is playing some part. (Remember, under this law, creditors must mail out a “Notice of Right to Foreclose” to borrowers, and the timing of the new law resulted in a drastic drop in foreclosures in May and June, 2010.)
In discussing the rising rates, the article cites continuing unemployment rates, expiring unemployment benefits for many laid-off workers, and a general rise in small business failures. The article says that the current number of bankruptcy cases is the highest since the changes in the Bankruptcy laws in 2005, but other experts note that we’re seeing less filings than we actually should be.