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Category: Bankruptcy

Resolving Common Errors on Credit Reports

Pursuing bankruptcy allows people to rebuild their credit score. After all, details about a person’s credit history are easily shared with creditors. While some of us think that credit reports are always accurate, however, the reality is that credit reporting agencies make several common mistakes on credit reports. To achieve the best credit score possible, this article reviews some of the most common mistakes credit agencies make on credit reports. How to Handle Credit Reporting Errors If you[...]

When can You Stop Paying on Debts After Filing for Bankruptcy?

If you plan on filing for bankruptcy, you are likely left wondering various questions including when you can stop paying creditors. The short answer is that you should not. Despite this, many people stop paying creditors shortly before filing for bankruptcy and use this money to pay for the bankruptcy filing costs. If you intend on filing for bankruptcy but are not sure exactly when you will do so, however, it is common to end up wondering if it is okay to stop paying your debt. While there is n[...]

How Bankruptcy Impacts Existing Judgments

People in Florida who have existing judgments or liens often hesitate to file for bankruptcy. After all, many of these people believe that these types of legal instruments are final and that it is too late to pursue a good credit report. This is a misconception, however. The following reviews some important information to consider about the impact that filing for bankruptcy can have on existing judgments. Impact of Bankruptcy on Pending Judgments After filing for bankruptcy, an automatic stay is[...]

Four Things to do When You Owe the IRS Money

  As tax season looms, you likely have given some thought to your current financial situation. If you have encountered the problem of not being able to pay your income taxes this year, you might be considering various options, including filing for bankruptcy. While you consider how to respond to this situation, you should review the following five pieces of advice about owing the Internal Revenue Service money.  Promptly File Your Income Taxes Taxpayers who owe the Internal Revenue Service[...]

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[...]