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How Often Can I File for Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy a first time is challenging enough, let alone trying to file a second time. However, for some, debts are often so unmanageable and add up over time that two consecutive bankruptcy filings might be necessary. It’s important to note, however, that using multiple bankruptcies to evade creditors without the intent to follow … 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

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Can I Put My Property in My Spouse’s Name and File for Bankruptcy?

If you are married and preparing to file for bankruptcy, you may be wondering how it will affect your spouse. While you can file individual bankruptcy, there are still potential consequences for your spouse. Generally, it depends on what joint property you own, whether or not you live in a common-law property state, and which … Read More

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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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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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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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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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