Car Title Loans and Bankruptcy

One of the most frequently asked questions of prospective filers is what happens to car title loans associated with their vehicles and if they can keep the cars when the bankruptcy is completed. Most filers are already aware that they can save their home, but they are unsure about the status of their vehicle ownership […]

Can Debt Collectors Demand Payment from Third Parties?

We know from a previous article that debt collectors are governed by strict guidelines; some of which restrict their contact with third parties in regards to your debt. Yet it is obvious that the reality of the matter has collectors breaking a lot of the rules a lot of the time. In fact, in many […]

Bankruptcy Basics: Legality of Debt Collection from 3rd Parties

When it comes to debt collection, it all feels wrong. It feels mean and unjust and underhanded even when the collector is attempting to collect on a valid debt. This feeling of being “wronged” by the people and/or companies that are trying to get money out of you to pay towards unpaid debts probably starts […]

Can a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Payment be Deferred?

When you declare Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court determines a set pay schedule for a pre-determined amount of time. In cases where unforeseen events cause major dips and dives in the income of bankruptcy filers post-bankruptcy, they can come up against a major problem: the inability to make the Chapter 13 payment. In this […]

Determining Whether You Owe on a 2nd Mortgage Post-Bankruptcy

Was your home equity loan reaffirmed during your bankruptcy? Have you been making payments towards the debt religiously ever since your discharge without being sure if they are being applied or not? Do you actually owe the debt or was it included in your bankruptcy discharge? These are huge questions that sometimes get asked WAY […]

Bankruptcy Basics: Social Security as Only Income

Bankruptcy is no longer dismissed by the masses as too extreme a solution to financial crisis. The masses are actually quite comfortable in modern society seeking out the protection that bankruptcy provides. Most are aware of the basic bankruptcy process and what it offers those in need of a clean financial slate. Yet there are […]

You Co-Signed and They Defaulted, What’s the Next Step?

If anyone ever calls you and asks you to cosign a loan for them, regardless of who they are, your answer should be no. Don’t do it – unless you like the idea of financial trouble and pending bankruptcy proceedings. If you’re going to ignore this sage wisdom and become the cosigner on a loan […]

The Meaning of Surrender in Terms of Bankruptcy

When you’re filing bankruptcy, the word “surrender” doesn’t actually mean surrender. Bankruptcy has a way of altering the meaning of words that we all think we know under normal circumstances and surrender just happens to be one of them. For instance, many bankruptcy petitioners surrender their car or their property. After telling the Court, the […]

The Four C’s: Analyzing a Credit Application

There are four major elements of a general underwriter’s guidelines in reviewing and analyzing a credit application for the lender. We like to call it the Four C’s: credit, capacity, collateral, and character. The Four C’s: Credit – The applications you submit immediately after bankruptcy, at the beginning of your quest to restore your credit […]

What Makes Up Your Credit Score?

It’s one thing to decide that you are going to rebuild your credit score after bankruptcy, but it’s another thing to do it – particularly when you aren’t sure where credit scores come from. What makes up your credit score? Payment History (35%) Outstanding Debt (30%) Age of Your Credit (15%) Type of Credit (10%) […]

Tell Your Bankruptcy Story: Your Very Own Sound Bite

According research, over 80% of bankruptcy petitioners have dealt with: illness, divorce, or unemployment. What’s your bankruptcy story? Prepare your very own 30-40 second sound bite explaining why you filed for bankruptcy protection. This is important because as you begin your quest towards a credit score of 720, you are going to be talking to […]

The Five Stages of Bankruptcy Recovery…I Mean, Grief

It’s called bankruptcy recovery for a reason. Bankruptcy isn’t a temporary solution that will fit right into your current world without making any changes. It’s an overhaul of your entire financial life and since most things in your LIFE depend upon your finances, you could say it even more simply – it’s an overhaul of […]

You Filed for Bankruptcy: How Do You Feel Now?

If you have recently filed for bankruptcy and received your discharge and can officially claim that you are free of all debt, you are a proud survivor of bankruptcy. Yet you may be a little unsure when describing yourself of proud. You ARE proud that you made it through, but there are other, less obvious […]

Filing Bankruptcy: When To Stop Making Payments to Creditors

When you decide to declare bankruptcy, you must make a comprehensive list of all creditors to which you owe money. Every one of them must be listed in the paperwork as bankruptcy is designed to treat all creditors fairly in regards to payment and nonpayment. Depending on the petitioner’s specific situation, creditors will be current […]

Walking Away from the House Post-Bankruptcy

“Walking away from the house” has become a common enough phrase that it is regularly bandied about amongst the public. This is a result of the recession in recent years that resulted in so many losing their homes, finding themselves upside down in their homes or considering moving out and stopping mortgage payments because it […]

Receiving an Inheritance Post-Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy in and of itself is a simple idea. It is the process by which a consumer applies for a discharge of debts due to severe financial strain. The complexity occurs when you realize that those consumers are people who are living their lives. They experience surprises, unplanned events, complications and unforeseen circumstances. One such […]

Addressing the Consequences of Fraud with Bankruptcy

The majority of card fraud occurs in the United States. In fact, research conducted by Barclays indicates that 47% of worldwide card fraud occurs in the U.S. even though we only claim 24% of the worldwide card volume. In 2014, 31.8 million U.S. consumers had their credit cards breached. That is three times the number […]

Bankruptcy Basics: Creditor Access to Consumer Wages & Funds

When a consumer owes a debt, the creditor has the right to collect on the debt. When the consumer cannot pay the debt, there are a number of different scenarios that could occur. For instance, if it is secured debt, such as a vehicle loan, the consumer can return the car stating that they cannot […]

Bankruptcy Basics: Halting the Garnishment of Your Paycheck

Bankruptcy petitioners always have a reason that they filed for bankruptcy. In every instance it was because they had too much debt to handle, but in almost every instance there was also that one last problem or situation that caused them to make the leap to petition the court for a discharge of debt. For […]

Bankruptcy Does Not Discharge Criminal Debts

If you are facing a major amount of criminal debt and feel you have no way to feasibly cover the financial burden it imposes, you may be considering bankruptcy as a solution. The first thing you should know in this situation is that bankruptcy does not discharge criminal debts. The next question will probably be: […]