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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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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Bankruptcy and Unemployment

Are you dealing with the double battle of losing your job while deeply in debt? Now you’ve lost your source of income while already struggling to pay your bills. In this situation, you may be wondering whether bankruptcy could be a good solution. After all, it’s nearly impossible to make progress on paying down your … Read More

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Why It’s Important to Set Aside and Save Your Collection Letters

Are you receiving collection letters while working with a bankruptcy attorney? Save every single letter, even though you will have a lot of paperwork piling up. Your bankruptcy attorney needs these letters because they could benefit you. Let’s take a look at why you should save collection letters and share them with your attorney. Some … Read More

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What is Zombie Debt?

When you’re deeply in debt, it feels as if debt collectors are always at your heels, grabbing at you for money. Bankruptcy finally frees you from this burden and allows you to shed old debt. But certain debts just refuse to die. They rise from the dead and come back to haunt you again, even … Read More

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Credit Reporting During and After Bankruptcy

Have you wondered what will happen to your credit report during and after your bankruptcy? When you’re working with a bankruptcy attorney at Sawin & Shea, one of the services we offer is reviewing your credit report. Here’s why we do so and why it will be a huge help to you. And good news … Read More

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How to Handle Collection Calls

When you hire Sawin & Shea for your bankruptcy, we give you a phone script that helps you handle collection calls. After you retain the firm, creditors must stop calling you once they have notice of our representation. During your bankruptcy, bill collectors are required to follow certain rules for phone calls and other communications, … 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

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