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Can I Add a Creditor After My Bankruptcy is Filed

Can I Add a Creditor After My Bankruptcy is Filed?

Filing for bankruptcy is often a necessary yet scary and confusing process for debtors. No one plans to accumulate so much debt that they can’t pay it back, but things happen. While you may not want to file bankruptcy, it is often the best choice if you are struggling to get by. Though filing for … Read More

What Property Can I Keep After Filing for Bankruptcy

What Property Can I Keep After Filing for Bankruptcy?

The bankruptcy process involves looking at your assets. In a Chapter 7, or liquidation bankruptcy, some of your property may not be protected, and you could lose it. Every state has different property exemption rules. Most Chapter 7 filings are what we call a “no asset” case. However, after you file, a bankruptcy trustee will … Read More

Should I File for Bankruptcy Before or After the Holidays?

It’s that time of year again—the holidays will be here before you know it. Though this time is joyous for many, the financial pressure of buying gifts, hosting holiday meals, and spreading cheer can make the holidays stressful for those struggling to make ends meet. If you are struggling financially and feel bankruptcy is the … Read More

Am I Too Old to File for Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is often a valuable tool for overcoming debts, but it’s not for everyone. The number of individuals filing for bankruptcy has decreased in the last 20 years, but the number of older individuals declaring bankruptcy has increased. One in seven people filing for bankruptcy is older than 65. Many people wonder if they’re too … Read More

Utility Bills and Bankruptcy

Utility Bills and Bankruptcy

When you are behind on payments to numerous creditors, you may decide to prioritize some payments over others, such as utility bills. Having your utilities shut off can be a disaster, especially if there are children in the household. So, you may be faced with a difficult decision when it comes to deciding which bills … Read More

Preferential Payments in Bankruptcy

What are Preferential Payments in Bankruptcy?

Prior to filing for bankruptcy, it is not uncommon for debtors to feel as though they have to make tough decisions regarding which creditors they can pay and which ones they can’t. This is usually because they don’t have the money to pay all of them, so they feel they need to rank which ones … Read More

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Credit Card Debt and Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is often a wise choice for those overwhelmed by credit card debt and looking to get back on track and rebuild their finances. Though it can be a scary and stressful process, the benefits of filing for bankruptcy tend to outweigh the detriments. Though it can negatively impact your credit score, many debtors find … Read More

social security overpayments

Can Social Security Overpayments be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

It would be reassuring to think that government agencies never make mistakes, but like all huge entities–sometimes they do. The Social Security Administration sometimes makes the mistake of overpaying people so often that they have a formal procedure to follow when it happens, including forms ready to go when it is discovered. Old Age and … Read More

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If I File for Bankruptcy, Will My Spending Be Monitored?

It’s normal to have a lot of questions about the process and impact of bankruptcy. Even though there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who file for bankruptcy every year, it is still a pretty mystifying experience for most people. That’s one of the reasons why you should always have someone on your side during … 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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