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Consumer Debt vs. Non Consumer Debt

Consumer Debt vs. Non Consumer Debt

When filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it’s critical to understand the difference between consumer debt and non-consumer debt. Your consumer and non-consumer debts impact your ability to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and your debt types also determine what’s protected by an automatic stay when filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  If you’re considering filing Chapter … Read More

What You Should Know About Debt Collectors

What You Should Know About Debt Collectors

If, like many, you are struggling with debt and are behind on payments, you may be stressed out by all of the calls you are receiving from your creditors. While it is normal and expected for debtors to receive calls or notices in the mail or email from their creditors and debt collectors, it is … Read More

Can I Pay Off My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Early

Can I Pay Off My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Early

Most people enter into bankruptcy because they are experiencing financial hardship. However, though a person can be struggling at the time they file, this does not mean it isn’t possible for their financial situation to greatly improve while they are still paying off their Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan.  If you do find yourself having more … Read More

Tricks to Know When Trying to Improve Your Credit Score

Tricks to Know When Trying to Improve Your Credit Score

Though bankruptcy is often one of the best ways to get out of debt, it can damage your credit score after filing. However, despite what many believe, this is not a permanent situation, and you can regain good standing with your credit. There are tricks to know though when trying to improve your credit score. … Read More

What Happens to Investment Real Estate in Bankruptcy?

What Happens to Investment Real Estate in Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy is an important step for many individuals looking to overcome debts. Many people considering this option wonder what will happen to their investment real estate if they file. Your investment real estate’s outcome depends entirely on whether you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Investment Real Estate in Chapter 7 … Read More

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Building Credit During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Filing for chapter 13 bankruptcy can seem like a daunting task, but it’s often the right move for those who are facing foreclosure, repossession, or have exorbitant debts. If you’re thinking of filing for chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may have questions regarding how it will impact your credit score. In this blog, we discuss how … 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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What Can I Do About Creditor Harassment?

After you file for bankruptcy, it is illegal for your creditors to continue contacting you and asking for payments. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) all prohibit certain types of creditor behavior and are tools for consumers to … Read More

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Could I Get Audited by the IRS Because I Filed for Bankruptcy?

It is difficult to predict exactly when or if the Internal Revenue Service of the United States might audit you, which could subject you to a rigorous financial examination. At Sawin & Shea, we sometimes encounter people who are filing for bankruptcy and worry whether doing so will trigger an IRS audit. So, let’s look … Read More

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If I File For Bankruptcy, What Happens To My Credit Rating?

At Sawin & Shea, our clients are often concerned about having low credit scores. They wonder if bankruptcy will make the situation worse. On the contrary, bankruptcy can actually improve your credit and get you back on your feet financially. Here’s how an Indiana bankruptcy can help re-establish your credit. Will Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit … Read More

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