Riverside, California (PRWEB) September 28, 2005
Springboard Non-profit Consumer Credit Management has received official approval as a Credit Counseling Agency from the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees to provide the required pre-petition Âbudget briefingÂ to consumers that becomes effective October 17th under the new bankruptcy reform law. Springboard received nationwide approval for in-person (not available in all judicial districts) telephone, and Internet delivery methods. Approval is for all 94 Judicial Districts across the country, and Springboard is one of only four agencies to receive nationwide approved from the EOUST. Approval is granted for a six-month period, and other credit counseling agency approvals are expected to be announced shortly by the U.S. Trustee.
Under the new law, an individual may not be a debtor unless they complete an individual "Budget Briefing Session" with an approved, Nonprofit Budget and Credit Counseling Agency during 180-day period preceding the date of filing the bankruptcy petition. A certificate of completion must be obtained once they have completed the Budget Briefing Session in order to file a bankruptcy petition.
ÂWe are in the process of finalizing our internal procedures to deliver the budget briefing, required counseling, and completion certificates,Â said Dianne Wilkman, President and CEO of Springboard. ÂWe have been providing consumer credit counseling and education for over 31 years, and look forward to the opportunity to help a wider range of consumers under the new bankruptcy law.Â
Consumers and attorneys interested in SpringboardÂs bankruptcy counseling services can visit http://www.credit.org for additional information. Springboard has also applied to deliver required pre-discharge debtor education under the new law, and approval as an education provider is still pending with the Trustees.
About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
Springboard, a nonprofit credit counseling and education organization founded in 1974, offers assistance with money management and budgeting through confidential counseling, debt management and education programs for financially troubled consumers. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, signifying high standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies that ensure low-cost confidential services performed in an ethical manner. Springboard is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. Springboard has counseling locations throughout Southern California offering face-to-face, online and nationwide phone counseling services. For more information on Springboard, call 1-800-947-3752 ext. 702 or visit their web site at http://www.credit.org.
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