Category: Bankruptcy

Four Strategies for Rebuilding Your Post-Bankruptcy Credit

If you recently went through the Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy process, you likely have been left with many questions about what your life will be like now. Many people worry about their credit scores and whether they will ever be able to buy houses or motor vehicles. One of the most common things our clients wonder about is what steps they can take to improve their credit score. The following will review a few helpful steps you can take after a bankruptcy discharge to make the most of your[...]

Veteran Disability Benefits Now Protected from Bankruptcy

  In August 2019, President Trump signed legislation that protects veterans’ disability benefits from being seized by creditors during bankruptcy proceedings. The sponsor of the bill commented that by protecting these benefits from creditors during bankruptcy, it is possible to help veterans and their families get back on their feet after financial hardships. This article takes a brief look at these recent changes as well as offers some helpful bankruptcy advice for veterans. The Impact o[...]

How are  Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Payments Calculated?

Beginning the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process often results in people experiencing many emotions concerning fear about what lies ahead. One of the best ways to reduce the negative feelings that you feel about the bankruptcy process is to learn as much as you can about it ahead of time. The following answers one of the most common questions that people ask about the bankruptcy process, which is how courts determine repayment plans for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The Importance of Repayment Lengths Rep[...]

Supreme Court Issues Decisions About Bankruptcy Discharge Violations

In 2019, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion establishing the standard that courts must follow to hold a creditor in civil contempt for violation of a bankruptcy discharge. Arriving at its decision, the Supreme Court rejected both the subjective and strict liability standards. As a result, courts are now permitted to hold a creditor in contempt for violating a discharge order only when there are no fair grounds of doubt as to whether the creditor’s conduct during discharge is lawful. [...]

What to Know Before Filing for Bankruptcy

  Life is hectic. If you find yourself unable to face some of the debts that you owe, remember that you are not alone. For many people, filing for bankruptcy can offer substantial relief and a second opportunity to rebuild credit. While a bankruptcy lawyer can handle the legal issues involved with your case, it can also help to understand some important facts about bankruptcy before you begin the process. Who is Eligible to File for Bankruptcy? Anyone who can demonstrate that he or she is [...]

Understanding How Bankruptcy can Impact Children

  If you have decided to file for bankruptcy, you likely have a number of important questions. You may be wondering what assets you will be able to keep after the bankruptcy has concluded as well as what your future life will be like. It is also common to wonder exactly what the bankruptcy process involves.  If you are a parent, you might also be worried about how bankruptcy will impact any money that you have saved for your children as well as how your bankruptcy will affect your children[...]

How the Bankruptcy Process Impacts Your Inheritance

  Deciding to pursue bankruptcy is never simple or easy. For many people who are suddenly faced with an overwhelming amount of debt, bankruptcy can be the best option, though still feel intimidating. Ultimately, bankruptcy allows an individual the opportunity to escape debt and create a better financial future.  The decision to pursue bankruptcy can be made much more complicated if a loved one recently passed away and you now expect to receive an inheritance. The following takes a brief ex[...]

Converting from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

One of the most common questions asked by people navigating the bankruptcy process is what type of bankruptcy is best for them. Many people overlook the fact that what type of bankruptcy works best can change during the process. If an individual is no longer able to afford Chapter 13 bankruptcy payments, it is possible to convert a case to Chapter 7.    The following reviews some of the important details about the conversion process that individuals weathering the bankruptcy process should[...]

Common Reasons Why People do Not File for Bankruptcy

  No matter if it is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a debt settlement, any option to rebuild your credit will be dependent on your ability to learn about your available options and take the appropriate strategy. If you fail to take any action, there is a great risk that you will fall further behind on debt repayment.  One of the many challenges presented by options to rebuild your credit history is recognizing and overcoming some of the most common reasons that prevent people from getting out o[...]

What Happens After You File for Bankruptcy?

Many people view bankruptcy as a last resort when it comes to taking control of their financial debts. Despite the value that many people place on the bankruptcy process, most individuals do not know very much about what the bankruptcy process involves. The following will take a brief look at the difference between what happens after a person files for Chapter 7, 11, or 13 bankruptcy. Automatic Stays After filing for bankruptcy, you will enjoy the protection of an automatic stay. This means that[...]