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How Bankruptcy Exemptions Work

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:47:58 +0000

Did you ever wonder if you will lose your property if you file bankruptcy?  Can you keep your home, your car, your household goods?  What about your clothes and jewelry? The part of bankruptcy law that tells us what you can keep while using bankruptcy...

Student Loans and the Elderly: How to Stop Student Loan Collectors and Social Security Garnishment

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:07:50 +0000

An increasing number of our senior citizens are faced with the same problems faced by many of our young adults: student loans. A recent PBS story, “More older Americans than ever are struggling with student debt,” highlights an issue that many bankruptcy attorneys have seen in...

Yes You Can Refile Your Chapter 13 Case, But Should You?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:14:39 +0000

If you are facing a foreclosure, vehicle repossession, wage garnishment or other financial crisis, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be a great tool to stop the chaos.  As the type of bankruptcy that includes a repayment plan, Chapter 13 can empower you to reduce your monthly...

How Bankruptcy Can Solve Your “Too Expensive Car” Problem

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:26:47 +0000

Next to home mortgages, motor vehicle loans are often your most expensive purchase. According to USA Today, the average transaction cost of a new car or truck sold in the U.S. was around $33,500. Lenders are now extending vehicle purchase loans to 6 years or...

Why I Prefer Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to Chapter 13 Debt Consolidation

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:55:38 +0000

Most folks considering bankruptcy will consider two options – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Sometimes, you have the option of choosing either type of bankruptcy, whereas in other situations you would only be eligible to file either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13. When...

Can I Lower My Car Payment in Bankruptcy?

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 05:01:32 +0000

If you’re having trouble paying your monthly bills—especially that steep car loan— you might be wondering if filing for bankruptcy will lower your existing car payment. It depends on which type of bankruptcy you file, but bankruptcy could potentially lower your car payment. Here are...

How Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:14:17 +0000

One of the major concerns people have when they consider filing for bankruptcy is the damage it will do to their credit. Understandably, they worry that their credit score will plummet and that it will be difficult to restore once they’re on the other side...

Sears, Payless and the Future of Retail

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:12:17 +0000

News stories this week indicated that Payless Shoes would likely file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within the week. Stalwart Sears, founded in 1893 and once the country’s largest retailer, stated in its March 2017 SEC filing that, following a $2 billion dollar loss in 2016...

Mistakes to Avoid: How to Recognize When and Where You are Exposed Financially

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:07:33 +0000

Last month, I wrote a blog post entitled Are You Exposed on this blog where I suggest that most bankruptcies occur when a debtor allows himself to be excessively exposed to external forces. By recognizing and controlling these points of exposure, you reduce the risk...

Valuing Assets in Bankruptcy–A Cautionary Tale (In re: Worley, 4th Circuit)

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:24:42 +0000

Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that undervaluing your assets in a bankruptcy case can be grounds to deny a debtor a discharge of his debts.  The case is In re:  Worley (link here).  To recap, when a debtor files for bankruptcy, he...