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How are Medical Bills Treated in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Anyone on social media is bound to have seen numerous posts or crowdfunding pleas from friends or friends of friends who are faced with insurmountable medical debts. In fact, 8 million people have started a campaign for themselves or for a family member, and 12 million people have started a campaign for a friend or [...]

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 [...]

Understanding Indiana Foreclosure Laws

When an Indiana homeowner is unable to make their mortgage payments, the lender eventually starts a foreclosure. The foreclosure process, if left to proceed, ultimately results in the house being sold off to settle all or part of the debt. This is a nightmare for a family that’s already struggling to make ends meet. Your [...]

By |2021-04-22T19:04:26-04:00April 20th, 2021|Foreclosure|0 Comments

Can You Sell Your Home if You File for Bankruptcy in Indiana?

What you will learn from reading this article: Facts about selling your home while going through bankruptcy Details about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies and your house If you are struggling to pay your mortgage and other bills, the good news is that the CARES Act (Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security) has extended the [...]

Why People Resist Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a smart, legal, and effective way to wipe out a mountain of old debts. Yet, it still has a stigma that makes many people avoid it. There are many reasons why people resist bankruptcy, but some are based on fiction rather than facts. Maybe you’re avoiding bankruptcy merely because of a mistaken impression [...]

I’m Self Employed: What Are My Bankruptcy Options?

Nobody wants to be in a situation where they have to file for bankruptcy, but for the self-employed, it can be a doubly crushing blow. You have worked hard to create your own source of income, but circumstances have made it impossible for you to pay your debts. You may even have doubts about whether [...]

By |2021-03-31T09:29:15-04:00March 30th, 2021|Bankruptcy Law, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy|0 Comments

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 [...]

Soon, Debt Collectors Can Contact You on Social Media

A new rule will soon allow debt collection messages through social media. It’s expected to impact 1 in 4 adult Americans, or 70 million people, who have at least one bill in collections. On top of phone calls, emails, and text messages, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will allow debt collectors to message you [...]

Bankruptcy and Your 2021 Stimulus Check

When the first stimulus checks were distributed in the U.S. in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, it came as a huge relief for millions of people. But for those contemplating bankruptcy, it brought a new worry. “Will bankruptcy take away my stimulus check?” This has become a common question for bankruptcy attorneys across the [...]

By |2021-03-11T16:02:59-05:00March 9th, 2021|Bankruptcy Basics, Bankruptcy Law|0 Comments

How Many Months Must Be in a Chapter 13 Plan?

Considering Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Then you’re probably wondering how long it will take. Chapter 13 bankruptcy takes a bit longer than Chapter 7, but it may be the best plan for you. Let’s look at the factors that determine how long a bankruptcy takes so you can get an idea of your bankruptcy’s timeframe. If [...]