• How Bankruptcy Stops Creditors Dead in Their Tracks

    || 17-May-2016

    Are creditors on your back? Are you receiving collection letters in the mail, or is your cellphone ringing off the hook? If you’re tempted to block the collectors’ numbers, or if you’re afraid that your automatic deposits will be snatched by creditors, you will be interested in learning about how bankruptcy can stop creditors dead in their tracks. When a debtor files for ...
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  • Qualifying for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    || 20-Apr-2016

    Most consumer debtors file for bankruptcy under a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13. If you are having financial problems, you may not be sure which bankruptcy is right for you. The answer will come down to the type of debts that you have, how much debt you owe, and your income. Essentially, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is reserved for debtors who do not have a lot of income; it’s for the debtors who truly ...
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  • Does Bankruptcy Protect Retirement Assets?

    || 21-Mar-2016

    You’ve been faithfully saving for your retirement and you have built a nice nest egg. But now, you’re going through hard times, you’re overwhelmed by debt, and you’re seriously considering filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you file for bankruptcy, what will happen to your pension plan, 401(k) or IRA? Does bankruptcy protect your retirement accounts from ...
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  • Should I File Bankruptcy Before or After Divorce?

    || 23-Feb-2016

    With it being February, some people say that “love is in the air,” but if you speak to any divorce attorney, they’ll quickly tell you that they’re knee-deep in “divorce season.” Why? Because during the holidays, unhappy couples generally hold off on their divorce filings until the New Year, especially when there are children or big family celebrations involved. ...
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  • What is Lien Stripping?

    || 19-Jan-2016

    If your home has actually gone down in value since you bought it, you may be feeling sick to your stomach right about now. After all, one of the reasons you bought the property is so it would be an investment. Are you so far upside-down on your property that you can’t justify the mortgage payments? Has your neighborhood gone way down in values for one reason or another? If your house is ...
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  • How Bankruptcy Can Protect Seniors' Assets

    || 16-Dec-2015

    Not everyone’s career has set them up for a comfortable retirement. These days, more and more seniors can’t afford to live on Social Security alone. Sometimes, a senior is having difficulty earning the income they need to pay all of their bills. Perhaps they were aged out of the workforce or forced into early retirement. Or, perhaps they were replaced with a younger worker who was more ...
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  • Buying a House After Bankruptcy

    || 9-Nov-2015

    If you’ve decided to file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may be wondering if there’s any way you’ll be able to buy a home before the bankruptcy falls off your credit. We have good news for you –it is possible ! Once you file for bankruptcy, it’s going to take some time to build up your credit enough to apply for an auto loan or a mortgage on a home. However, ...
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  • Can I File Bankruptcy More Than Once?

    || 13-Oct-2015

    If you’re thinking about filing for bankruptcy and you’ve already filed it once before, we want you to know that this is not uncommon. Sometimes people get into a financial bind for reasons beyond their control and they turn to bankruptcy for a much-needed fresh start. Or in this case, a second fresh start, and that is completely understandable. As York and Harrisburg bankruptcy ...
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  • Do Tax Liens Survive Bankruptcy?

    || 16-Sep-2015

    When debtors are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head, they often don’t have the funds to pay Uncle Sam. When they’re looking for long-term financial solutions, they’re often curious about tax liens and how filing for bankruptcy would affect such liens. What You Should Know About Bankruptcy & Taxes If you’re a home owner and you fail to ...
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  • Columbia House Files Bankruptcy

    || 11-Aug-2015

    Long before there was Napster and Spotify, there was Columbia House. For anyone under 35, they may have never heard of Columbia House, but for those of us who grew up with the lure of 11 tapes for a penny or 13 CDs for $1, its demise felt like a final goodbye to a bygone era. Columbia House was started by CBS in 1955 as a mail order album delivery service. CBS sold Columbia House to Sony, and in ...
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  • Volunteer Fire Department in Rural Pennsylvania Files Bankruptcy

    || 7-Jul-2015

    A volunteer fire department in rural Pennsylvania has filed for bankruptcy to protect its main source of revenue –bingo games. On July 1, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Madera Volunteer Fire Co. filed for bankruptcy on June 30, urging a judge to allow them to continue spending the cash necessary for fuel, propane, telephone services, insurance, the other necessary costs for ...
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  • Iconic Gunmaker, Colt Close to Bankruptcy

    || 11-Jun-2015

    Colt has been manufacturing guns in the United States for 160 years. As a result of the iconic gunmaker’s financial struggles, it missed a $10.9 million interest payment on its debt last month. It a regulatory filing, Colt stated that its failure to make the May interest payment raises substantial doubt over its ability to continue as a going concern. Colt admitted that it may have to seek ...
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  • Will Tuition Clawbacks in Bankruptcy Be a Thing of the Past?

    || 12-May-2015

    On Tuesday, Rep. Chris Collins (R., N.Y.) introduced a bill that would bar bankruptcy trustees from attempting to claw back tuition money from universities, and under some circumstances, from college students – a legal strategy that arises in some parents’ bankruptcy cases. Currently, when a parent files for bankruptcy after they have paid their children’s college tuition, they ...
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  • President Obama Considers Making Student Loan Debt Eligible for Bankruptcy

    || 9-Apr-2015

    The total student loan debt in the United States is in excess of $1.3 trillion, thus, it’s understandable why lawmakers are under considerable pressure to allow borrowers to include their student loan debt in their bankruptcy filings. Unlike credit cards, medical bills, personal loans, and mortgages, student loans cannot be included in bankruptcy – at least not yet. Since the federal ...
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  • Bankruptcy Myths Busted!

    || 5-Mar-2015

    Only people with zero spending control file for bankruptcy, right? Nothing could be further from the truth, say bankruptcy attorneys nationwide. Just ask any bankruptcy lawyer why their clients are driven towards bankruptcy, and you will hear the same reasons repeated: job loss, divorce, injury, illness, or foreclosure. The truth of the matter is that “bad things happen to good ...
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  • Tips for Rebuilding Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy

    || 18-Feb-2015

    It is no secret that Americans have faced economic challenges in the last decade, especially in light of the Great Recession which led to millions of foreclosures across the nation. While it is safe to assume that the majority of these folks were not eager to file for bankruptcy, it is important to understand that bankruptcy is not a financial death sentence. When you file for bankruptcy, it will ...
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  • Can Being Newly Married Affect a Bankruptcy Filing?

    || 8-Jan-2015

    A couple that has recently gotten married and is seeking to file for bankruptcy may be facing some different options than if they were filing on their own. The option to jointly file for bankruptcy can make a positive difference, but being married can also affect Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings and make it harder to protect some property. Should we file together or separately? One of the main ...
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