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Category: Bankruptcy

How to Stop Your Creditors From Filing a Lawsuit Against You

How to Stop Your Creditors From Filing a Lawsuit Against You

In today’s world, creditors are often quick to file a lawsuit against a debtor. However, there are a few things that can be done to stop them from doing so. By understanding the creditor’s legal rights and how to protect oneself from lawsuits, it may be possible to avoid the costly and time-consuming process of defending oneself in court. This article will show you the steps to follow to ensure that your creditors cannot file a lawsuit against you. What are Creditors’ Rights in Flo[...]

Who Will Know if You File for Bankruptcy in Florida?

Who Will Know if You File for Bankruptcy in Florida?

In order to file for bankruptcy in Florida, you must choose one of the state's bankruptcy courts. Once you have made your choice, the court will assign you a case number and will begin to process your case. However, given that bankruptcy is often available in public records, many wonder what impact that may have on their financial future. This article should help clear the air a bit, by letting you understand who will know about your bankruptcy and what they can do with that information. [...]

What Happens to Child Support if You File for Bankruptcy?

What Happens to Child Support if You File for Bankruptcy?

If you are behind on your child support payments and are considering bankruptcy, you may be wondering what happens to child support if you file for bankruptcy. Sure, bankruptcy could be a lifesaver -- a way to have a fresh start devoid of many financial obligations. Will bankruptcy eliminate your child support obligations in Florida? What is Child Support? Child support is a payment, usually monthly, that one parent pays to the other parent to help cover the costs of raising their child. [...]

Can Bankruptcy Help You Erase Medical Debt?

Can Bankruptcy Help You Erase Medical Debt?

According to a recent report by the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker Organization, more than more than 6% of American adults have at least one outstanding medical bill that is greater than $1,000. Additionally, the report noted that most Americans who have medical debt disclose that it has caused significant financial difficulty. Understandably, many individuals wish that the difficulty would just go away. Well, if you cannot afford to pay your medical bills and have been struggling to make[...]

Does Bankruptcy in Florida Clear Out Tax Debt?

Does Bankruptcy in Florida Clear Out Tax Debt?

In the United States, personal bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals to clear out their financial debts and start fresh. This means that any debts that may be owed could be automatically eliminated by the court system. However, before you make any decisions, it is important to know whether your tax debts will be cleared out by the bankruptcy process. In some cases, tax debts are discharged in a Florida bankruptcy. However, this is not always the case, and there are certain fa[...]

Should Paying Back Debts From Family and Friends Be on Your To-Do List Before Declaring Bankruptcy?

Should Paying Back Debts From Family and Friends Be on Your To-Do List Before Declaring Bankruptcy?

When faced with financial difficulties, many people turn to their friends and family members first. Of course, it is easier to borrow money from family and friends than it is to get a loan from a bank or credit union. What happens if what they provide you is not enough to alleviate your financial difficulties? What you need to know is as follows: Debts owed to family members are lawful. However, if you file for bankruptcy, they will not take precedence over any other debt obligations you[...]

Do Medical Bills Qualify for Bankruptcy?

Do Medical Bills Qualify for Bankruptcy?

If you or a loved one has received a heartbreaking medical diagnosis, been injured in a car accident, or wound up in the hospital after a serious illness, you may be wondering, “Do medical bills qualify for bankruptcy?” The answer is typically “yes.” Medical bills account for 40% of bankruptcies, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An estimated 530,000 families file bankruptcy annually for issues related to medical bills and/or lost wages due to illness or injury. [...]

How Do I Get Out of Payday Loan Debt?

How Do I Get Out of Payday Loan Debt?

Payday loans are often the loans of last resort for people struggling to pay their debts and for life’s necessities, so if you have one of these loans, you may wonder, how do I get out of payday loan debt? If that’s your situation, other than paying off the debt, there are limited options that may allow you to change when and how much you pay back. If this debt is one of many dragging you down, you should consider filing for bankruptcy protection to give yourself a fresh financial start. [...]

Florida Chapter 7 Means Test Calculator – Do I Have Too Much Money to Use Chapter 7?

Florida Chapter 7 Means Test Calculator – Do I Have Too Much Money to Use Chapter 7?

Congress changed our bankruptcy laws in 2005, making it harder for those with higher incomes to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The intent was to force this group into a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, to at least partially pay their debts. The Chapter 7 means test for Florida is a formula determining whether you should get debt relief under Chapter 7. It looks at your income and many other factors to see if you’re able to pay your debts. There’s no shame in declaring bankruptcy. It’s a legitima[...]

Can I file bankruptcy without my spouse?

Can I file bankruptcy without my spouse?

A person can file bankruptcy without their spouse. Whether or not this is a good choice depends on the laws in your state and the individual circumstances in your case. Florida is a “common law” state (as opposed to a “community property” state). In a common law state like Florida, debts that you and your spouse co-sign for result in your sharing these debts jointly. With few exceptions, debt taken on individually by one spouse generally remains that spouse’s responsibility alone. [...]