Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often a complex process, requiring extensive review of your debts, income, and other financial resources. Submitting a petition for bankruptcy protection isn’t quick and easy, so gathering the information you need beforehand is essential. While you may need more forms and evidence, depending on the unique factors of your
If you’re having trouble meeting your financial obligations, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be a lifesaver, giving you the breathing room you need while allowing you to catch up on unsecured debt. Even student loans, which are quite difficult to discharge, can be effectively managed through a Chapter 13, even though in some cases they
The rising cost of post-secondary education means student loan debt can climb into the six-figure range. Fortunately, relief is available. The federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act offers options for reducing loan balances through career choices and extended payment plans. Under rare circumstances, individuals who file for bankruptcy can discharge their student loan debt.
When you file for bankruptcy, all of your assets are made part of your bankruptcy estate. In most cases, figuring out what your own your assets is easy. Will you be allowed to keep an inheritance that you become entitled to when preparing to file a bankruptcy or even after you file? ? That all
Because they live on a fixed income, senior citizens are especially vulnerable to credit card debts, which can quickly spiral out of control. For many of these elderly borrowers, bankruptcy is a powerful tool, offering a way out of debt and providing invaluable peace of mind. Unfortunately, worried about the example they would be setting
Although bankruptcy can give you a fresh financial start, it’s important to understand what types of debt you can and cannot discharge. Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help you regain your financial footing as long as most or all of your debt is dischargeable. Some examples of dischargeable debt are: Credit Card Debt Credit card
There is a lot of talk about filing for bankruptcy on the Internet, but not a lot about what happens afterwards. After a successful filing with the help of a bankruptcy lawyer, you can expect: Discharged Debts: For most borrowers, the most attractive result of filing for bankruptcy is the elimination of most unsecured debts.
Soon after you file bankruptcy, you should expect new bills and phone calls from creditors to stop. Sometimes they don’t. Why? They hope you’ll pay them anyway…without consulting your attorney, and sometimes people in bankruptcy do this. Remember, once you file your petition, the court imposes an “automatic stay” against creditors. It stops all collection
You may have recently heard news about the Credit CARD Reform Act of 2009. It just went into effect on February 22, 2010 and is intended to provide various protections to consumers to combat the wily tricks of the credit card companies. Here’s a great cartoon video (which I saw posted on the Center for
The New York Times had a great February 11 article in its Real Estate section (“Mediating in Slow Motion“) that highlights the challenges of fighting foreclosure in Connecticut. The article features my clients and does a great job of examining the effectiveness (and lack of effectiveness) of Connecticut’s foreclosure mediation program. (Appropriate commentary from BAPCPA