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Monday, May 6, 2019

Special Laws Help Protect Farmers & Fishers


Low commodity prices and the simmering trade war with China have pushed many farmers to the brink. There are persistent whispers that we are on the cusp of something similar to the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. Our firm is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst by brushing up on the special chapter of the bankruptcy law that applies to farmers and fishers.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Can I Keep My Tax Refund If I File For Bankruptcy?


April 15, otherwise known as Tax Day, is rapidly approaching. Many people have been asking us what will happen to their expected tax refund if they have filed for bankruptcy or are planning on filing soon. The answer is every lawyer’s favorite answer, it depends. 

Whether you get to keep your refund or have to hand it over to your creditors depends on
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Working With An Inexperienced Attorney Is Not Worth The Risk


cbankThe last thing someone with a legal issue wants to deal with is an attorney who doesn’t know their head from a hole in the ground. But that happens far too often in the bankruptcy and collections world. Many attorneys that are great at helping businesses with other legal matters make huge mistakes when they decide to dabble in collections. 

In 2018, Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

As Certain As Death And Taxes


“...in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” These famous words, which were penned by Benjamin Franklin, were written in jest, but they are quite serious.
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Monday, February 25, 2019

Filing For Bankruptcy If You Are Or Were In The Military


Military members receive many legal protections while they are serving our country, and after they have been discharged from active service. This includes special treatment in the bankruptcy courts.

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One of the benefits of filing for bankruptcy, no matter what your occupation, is that other legal actions are paused by the court while the bankruptcy case proceeds. This can stop a foreclosure, or even prevent someone from suing you.

Active-duty military personnel get the added benefit of having all pending litigation, including bankruptcy cases put on hold until you return from active duty.
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Monday, January 21, 2019

Holding On To What You’ve Got


Many people assume that filing for bankruptcy will mean losing everything they own. They envision the government holding a giant yard sale with all the proceeds going to creditors and nothing left over for the person who filed. 

Maybe that’s what bankruptcy looks like in old-timey movies, but modern-day bankruptcy is different. Most Alabamians who file for bankruptcy are able to hold on to their house, a car, and lots of personal belongings. 

How? 



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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Boy Scouts of America May File For Bankruptcy


The Boy Scouts of America organization is making some big changes. The 108-year-old organization is dealing with declining membership numbers and allegations of sexual abuse. The organization is under so much pressure it is reportedly considering

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

An American Icon Files For Bankruptcy


It’s the end of an era. Sears has filed for bankruptcy. For those of us of a certain age, this is nothing short of a tragedy. But like with all bankruptcies, there is a silver lining. 

Although it was based in Illinois, Sears was beloved by Alabamians and other across the South because it would deliver anything and everything right to your door.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Bankruptcy Means Testing: A Quiz You Can’t Study For


Did you ever have that dream where you show up at school only to realize there is a big test that day and you didn’t study for it? Some psychologists say this is your brain reminding you not to forget something important that is coming up in your waking life. Others say it is your brain’s way of saying you regret something. Freud probably thought it had something to do with being in love with your mother.

Whatever it means, it’s terrible. Forgetting about or feeling unprepared for a test is not a good feeling.
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Alabama State Bar Association Regulations require the following: "No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers." 11 U.S.C. 528 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code requires the following: "We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.”