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The CARES Act, Consumer Bankruptcy, and Mortgage Servicing

At the start of 2020, Americans and individuals all over the world were affected by the pandemic. While the government created programs to assist those financially affected—such as the CARES Act—many who were already struggling before the hit of COVID-19 fell even further into debt. Though enacting the CARES Act helped, those dealing with hefty … Read More

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Bankruptcy Reform Bill and Student Loans

Student loan debt is one of the heaviest burdens on today’s society. Those in their 30’s and 40’s who would typically have bought homes and new cars and even started families at this point are years behind previous generations in those areas. Instead, they are buried under crippling debt, unable even to fathom the possibility … Read More

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Debts That Can’t Be Discharged During Bankruptcy

It’s tempting to believe that filing for bankruptcy is like having a magical wizard wave his wand to make all of your problems disappear. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly the case. You need to know exactly which debts can be discharged and which debts can’t as you begin the process. Bankruptcy isn’t rare in the Hoosier … Read More

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Do You Have to Get Debt Counseling Before Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy is a process. As part of that process, the bankruptcy law requires that you get a certificate that evidences you did a pre-filing counseling session with an approved agency. Debt counseling (also called credit counseling) is required before you can declare bankruptcy. There is a pre-filing counseling and pre-discharge counseling. What is … Read More

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Car Payments and Car Repossession

Are you behind on car payments? Is a car repossession looming in your future? Now’s the time to act. Car repossession is one of the many reasons people contact the Indiana bankruptcy attorneys here at Sawin & Shea. Losing your car can completely disrupt your life and work, so you may wonder what you can … Read More

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COVID-19, Evictions, and Mortgage Moratoriums

The COVID-19 crisis left many Hoosiers in a tough spot financially. When eviction and mortgage moratoriums prevented people from losing their homes during the pandemic, it came as a huge relief. Now many of these moratoriums are approaching expiration and you’re probably wondering what happens next. Will you lose your home? If you’re behind on … Read More

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Bankruptcy and Tax Refund Strategies

As tax time approaches, it’s the perfect time to think about how you can make good financial decisions. For someone who’s pursuing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, this is especially important. Chapter 7 bankruptcies are liquidation bankruptcies, meaning non-exempt assets can be liquidated to pay your creditors back something. One of the most common assets that bankruptcy … Read More

Need to Know About Debt Negotiation and Settlement?

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How Can I Eliminate Tax Debts In Bankruptcy?

One of the things that people hear about bankruptcy is that it usually doesn’t discharge some debts owed to the government, like taxes. Even if you have a large burden of tax debt that is making it extremely difficult to reconcile your finances, bankruptcy can’t always help. However, here is some good news: You actually … Read More

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Indiana Rental Assistance Program

There is rent money help available for Indiana residents affected by the economic ramifications of Covid-19. Thousands of good Hoosier families have fallen behind in their rent through no fault of their own. To help those individuals, the State of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis have announced rent assistance programs. These programs could help … Read More

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