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Exiting a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Early

The Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed for bankruptcy petitioners who have a regular income. The Chapter 13 allows a debtor to keep property and pay debts back over a predetermined period of time, usually 3-5 years. It’s often referred to as a wage earner’s plan. Petitioners work alongside the bankruptcy court to develop a plan …

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When Creditors Ignore Your Discharge of Debt

The purpose of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to immediately enact the automatic stay and eventually obtain the discharge of debt. What happens when you go through legal channels to obtain both these powerful protections through bankruptcy filing and creditors ignore their legal implications? If you are being harassed by creditors in spite of …

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HOA’s and Bankruptcy: Past Due HOA Dues

The Homeowners’ Association: some love them, some hate them, some put up with them as a necessary evil. Regardless of how or why you ended up in a community that charges homeowners’ association dues or fees, they aren’t something to dismiss out of hand. In fact, ignoring the payment of regularly due homeowners’ association fees …

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A Mixup with the Ex, an Unpaid Debt and a Lien on the House

Sometimes people come to bankruptcy attorneys with particularly sticky situations. One of the most common types of “sticky” situation following divorce comes when unpaid debt of one party affects the other party negatively. In fact, in some cases, the ex’s unpaid debt can result in a lawsuit that can cause a lien to be placed …

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My Ex Filed Bankruptcy and Left Me Holding an Unpaid Medical Bill

Throughout the normal course of life, many of us end up having major medical emergencies, chronic conditions, etc. These situations can leave behind heartache, pain, and…financial disaster in the form of massive medical bills. Sometimes this can lead to bankruptcy. In fact, major medical bills are one of the commonly cited reasons for filing bankruptcy. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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