Category Archives: Bankruptcy
Did you know that 8 percent of bankruptcy filers are aged 65 or older? This number has been trending upwards since 2008. One reason was the recession, which hit the elderly age group hard. And in some states, creditors are allowed to garnish up to 25 percent of a debtor’s disposable income, so bankruptcy can become an attractive option for people who fall behind on their bills. But perhaps the most common cause of senior bankruptcy is medical debt. Medical debt is the number one source of personal bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and given the high cost of healthcare for elderly people, it is easy for a debt spiral to drag down the finances of seniors with healthcare needs. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, debt collection is the most-complained about product or service for consumers over 62. The incessant calls and predatory nature of these companies can…
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Bankruptcy is a complex process, and a personal one. For that reason, many people consider trying to wade through the bankruptcy process themselves, without the assistance of an attorney. However, despite your do-it-yourself attitude, it is highly inadvisable to go through the bankruptcy process without a lawyer to help guide you. Bankruptcy is so easy to mess up – even skipping a little step or improperly filling out a form can lead to your case getting thrown out, or certain debts not getting discharged. But what should you look for in a bankruptcy attorney? A deep knowledge of bankruptcy law Someone who understands the complexity of your case, whether individual or for business bankruptcy Someone that you think you can develop a good professional relationship with When seeking a bankruptcy attorney, beware of scams – there are a lot of companies out there promising quick fixes for your financial problems….
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One of the main benefits of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the ability to eliminate debts and get a fresh start. But exactly which debts are wiped in Chapter 7? Will you really have a clean state to rebuild your finances on? A discharge releases the debtor from liability for debts and stops creditors from pursuing collection against the debtor. The good news: many debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy, and Chapter 7 does not take very long to complete (usually a few months). The bad: not all debts can be discharged, and you may have to make other sacrifices. What Debts Can Be Discharged in Chapter 7? Under the Bankruptcy Code, there are 19 categories of debt that cannot be discharged. These include: Unscheduled debts (debts you fail to list on your bankruptcy petition or mailing list) Some taxes Spousal or child support, as well as other debts owed for former…
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