What Are the Ramifications of US Credit Card Debt if You No Longer Live in the US?

In a recent online discussion with a distressed woman, I was told the following story. A woman originally from Poland moved to the United States. She was married in the United States in 2009, but quickly realized she had entered into an abusive relationship and needed to get out and far away. Since she was […]

Obtaining Financial Aid & Student Loans After Bankruptcy

If you are a student considering bankruptcy, odds are you have wondered about how filing bankruptcy could affect your future eligibility for student financial aid and student loans. Will a successful bankruptcy affect your ability to obtain future assistance to pay school tuition, purchase books, and cover the costs of living while in school? Does […]

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Can it Save a Home from Foreclosure?

There are a lot of Americans who have, at one point or another, fallen behind on their mortgage payments. In some cases, the lender or mortgage company may consider working with the homeowner to work out a deal to catch up or get out of an upside down mortgage (i.e. short sale or loan modification). […]

How is Past Due Rent Treated During a Bankruptcy Case?

If you are a landlord and your past due tenant is not only moving out, but is also rumored to be considering bankruptcy, is there any benefit to suing for past due rent? How is past due rent treated in a bankruptcy filing? When it comes to a landlord/tenant relationship, bankruptcy is mostly going to […]

Getting Divorced in the Midst of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Recently, I sat down in a consultation with a woman who was concerned about the status of her Chapter 13 bankruptcy in connection with a pending divorce. She wasn’t even sure how to ask the question, but after a bit of discussion we decided that what she really wanted to know was how do you […]

Life After Bankruptcy: When Creditors Forgive, But Don’t Forget

Have you ever loaned a friend or family member money? Maybe it was way back when you were 12 and your 16 year old sister really wanted your babysitting cash because she was headed to California with a friend and REALLY wanted to go shopping at the outlets on the way. Maybe it was last […]

That Old Debt in That Old Bankruptcy Filing

When you file bankruptcy, you are seeking the bankruptcy protection that has helped so many climb out of the deep pit debt can create due to the economy, industry changes, job loss, health complications, family emergencies, etc. Regardless of the reason or reasons behind your bankruptcy filing, you listed all your debts in your paperwork, […]

Denied the Right to File Bankruptcy Based on a Recent Car Purchase?

In a recent consultation, a prospective bankruptcy filer suggested that they would not be eligible to file for bankruptcy because they recently purchased a car. They were overwhelmed by credit card balances, drowning in old medical bills, struggling with student loans, and at the point where they were having trouble keeping their refrigerator full some […]

Will Filing Bankruptcy Harm My Career?

For many people, a career is a major priority. Even for those who don’t love their jobs, the thought of not advancing is very distressing. Everyone wants to succeed at work even if only to maximize their earning potential. So many worry that when they file for bankruptcy it will disrupt their career advancement or […]

Legal Separation’s Effect on Bankruptcy

Many people experience extreme financial distress during the same period when they are experiencing equally extreme distress in their relationship. We aren’t here to discuss if one situation is a catalyst for the other, but to outline how a legal separation alters the affect of bankruptcy on the filer and the filer’s spouse (from which […]

I Filed Bankruptcy…Can I Sell My House Now and Keep My Equity?

There are a lot of questions that need answers before the decision to file bankruptcy. There are a lot of questions that come up during the bankruptcy process. And there are more questions that crop up once the bankruptcy is closed and the discharge is received. One common “post-bankruptcy” question is, “Can I sell my […]

Divorce Decree v. Bankruptcy: Which Determines Final Debt Liability?

Meet Dawn and Jared. Dawn and Jared were high school sweethearts. They got married during college. Dawn eventually became a lawyer and Jared eventually became a doctor. By the time they got divorced, they hardly saw each other because they were both so busy and had such different priorities and schedules. They didn’t hate each […]

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Questions: Can I Keep My Car When I File?

One of the common reasons that people have for putting off filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy even though it is their only choice in their given financial situation, is that they want to keep their car. Most even go so far as to say that they NEED to keep their car. Some would argue this […]

Bankruptcy Alternatives: Can I Transfer the Liability of an Auto Loan?

People will do a lot to avoid filing for bankruptcy. And as an experienced southern California bankruptcy attorney, I am in full agreement. It’s always best to do everything you can to take care of your debt and financial liabilities without filing for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy is a legal protection for those who simply […]

What Happens When You Miss a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Payment?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often referred to as a reorganization bankruptcy. It allows people who see a regular income to create a plan to repay all or a designated part of their debt through the bankruptcy court and the assistance of a bankruptcy trustee. Under the Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor can propose a […]

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Why is My Bank Account Still Frozen?

If you’ve filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you case is complete and you have received your discharge of debt, you’re probably dancing on the rooftop – or at least on a countertop! That is, unless you have lingering issues such as a bank account that is mysteriously still frozen. If your Chapter 7 bankruptcy is […]

Bankruptcy & Your Home Business

If you run a small business from your home, you’re probably wondering if you need to include it in your bankruptcy filing. If you are declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy on your personal debts, do you have to get your small business involved? This is another specific situation that may require different actions depending upon your […]

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Can I Strip a Second Mortgage?

When filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may be able to strip a second mortgage if there is no equity in your home after the first mortgage. In this instance, the second mortgage can be treated similar to any other unsecured lien (like a credit card debt) and the debtor could end up paying little […]

Does a Quit Claim Deed Provide Release from a Mortgage Note?

Being an adult is hard sometimes. And one of those times occurs when there’s a shortage of money, relationships have ended, property has been divided (theoretically) and someone is filing bankruptcy. In some cases, it can seem like you’re being pressured from all sides to do something that you don’t even understand. One such situation […]

Lease-to-Own Property and the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

There are all kinds of ways to get overwhelmed by debt. You might start off with a little bit of credit card debt, and then add a mortgage. A little while later you may throw in an auto loan or two. Along the way, you may be very friendly with your credit cards and they […]