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Can Bankruptcy Affect a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Maryland Lawyer Explains How Personal Injury and Bankruptcy Law Intersect Recently, a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Baltimore church van was halted by a bankruptcy filed by the pastors of the Victory Outreach Baltimore Church. Five people died when the van sped off the highway and crashed, leaving only ten survivors. The victims’ family members filed a lawsuit against the church, but due to the bankruptcy claim, compensation for the victims’ families will have to wait until the bankruptcy is resolved. This sad news item gives us the opportunity to reflect on an important question: How can bankruptcies affect a wrongful death lawsuit? How Bankruptcies Can Impact Wrongful Death Lawsuits In the case of the Baltimore church van, the lawsuit was halted in part because the pastors had petitioned a US Bankruptcy Court the day before the wrongful death case was filed. A bankruptcy filing, with limited exceptions, puts an…
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What to Expect When Filing for Bankruptcy

The decision to file for bankruptcy is not an easy one. The stigma, the damage to your credit and the loss of certain assets can be a struggle. However, filing for bankruptcy is often the best option to reset your finances and move forward into the future without the burden of mounting debt. For individuals considering bankruptcy for the first-time, here is some important information that will prepare you for the process. The Difference Between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Chapter 7 bankruptcy involves liquidating assets in order to discharge most or all of your debt. If you opt for Chapter 7, then you may be able to keep some of your assets. However, you will most likely have to give up the majority of your non-exempt assets. On the other hand, Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves creating a payment plan to pay creditors over a period of time. Chapter…
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Republican Tax Modifications Aim to Make It More Difficult to Take on Debts

The American debt crisis has gotten way out of hand. According to government data cited in a recent LA Times article, US consumer debt has reached 12.58 trillion, topping the amount of debt in 2008 which led to the recession. Data indicates that borrowers are more responsible in repaying their debts now, but the amount of debt is still very alarming. Legislators are now aiming to pass legislation that would make business have to pay taxes on debts that they take out. New Tax Modification Explained The new modification is the elimination of the ability for businesses to write off debt interest as a tax deduction. Republican lawmakers propose that this new tax revision will generate about 1.5 trillion in government revenue over a decade. Private equity companies and wall street companies who have debt-oriented business models would be most affected. This change is designed to limit the amount of…
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