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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Paying For Bankruptcy With Your Tax Refund

One of the most frustrating parts of filing for bankruptcy can be figuring out how to pay for it. According to a recent analysis, the average attorney fee for a Chapter 7 filing today tops $1,100, with court fees adding $335 more.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Why We Say Bankruptcy Is A Good Thing

If you grew up under the care of a Southern Mama, you were probably reminded thousands of times that it’s impolite to talk about money. While many things our mothers tried to teach us went in one ear and out the other, that one seems to have stuck. Nobody likes to speak publicly about their financial affairs.

Zipped lips make it difficult for us to share bankruptcy success stories with you. So, we are turning to the business world for an example we can share with you.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The United State's Debt

$13.15 Trillion In Debt And Counting

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news coverage of the federal budget and the national debt. Looking at the U.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

What Will I Lose if I File for Bankruptcy?

Will I Lose My House And Car If I File For Bankruptcy?

If we had a nickel for every time a potential client asked us if they would lose their house or their car when they filed for bankruptcy, we could retire. With few exceptions, the answer is no, most people are able to keep their home and their vehicle even if they are deeply in debt. In this blog post we’ll go over the basics of how we help people hold on to the two types of property that people worry about losing the most.

It is easy to understand why people who are filing for bankruptcy are worried about losing their house and their car. For one thing, there are is a lot of misinformation or “fake news” about bankruptcy out there that makes people think they will have to give up all of their assets in order to become debt free.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Phantom Debt Fuels Harassment

If someone was incessantly calling your house, harassing you about debt, and even threatening to rape one of your family members, you’d want to do something about it. Right? Andrew Therrien sure did. He was so upset with debt collectors harassing him, that he went on a years-long quest to clear his name and bust scammers in the debt collection industry.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Court Shortens Time Period For Creditors To Make Claims

A college football game has four, fifteen-minute, quarters. College basketball players get two, twenty-minute, halves. Hockey players skate three, twenty-minute, periods. These game clock rules were shaped by tradition, but today are mandated by the governing boards that oversee each sport. The legal world operates in a similar fashion.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Divorce and Bankruptcy

Love and Marriage & Divorce and Bankruptcy

Frank Sinatra sang that love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. He must have been on to something since he ended up getting married four times.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bankruptcy: Holiday Shopping Spree

Going On A Holiday Shopping Spree Before Filing for Bankruptcy? You May Get More Than You Bargained For.

Christmas gifts for your loved ones are one of the easiest items to justify splurging on. It’s simple to ignore how far over budget you are going when you think about the look of pure joy you will be putting on someone else’s face. But if you are having financial troubles and thinking about Read more . . .

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Why Isn’t Bankruptcy Free?

Potential clients often ask us why it costs money to file for bankruptcy. While we can appreciate how frustrating it can be to be forced to spend money to get help because you don’t have enough money, we are reminded of the old expression “Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?”. It is typically offered as a warning to young women who might be tempted to give their partner the “benefits of marriage” without having a ring on her finger.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bankruptcy Fraud Is No Joke

he internet is full of advice about bankruptcy “loopholes” that allow you to hide money or other assets from Uncle Sam and your creditors. Following the advice of these internet experts, or anyone else that suggests skirting the law, is downright stupid. If you get caught, you could end up in prison.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Getting A Mortgage After Bankruptcy

Unless you find a leprechaun’s pot of gold, the only way you are ever going to be able to buy a house is to get a mortgage. But going into debt after going through a bankruptcy can be sort of scary. You know that things can get out of control quickly if you make a couple of wrong decisions.
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