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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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Hiding assets during bankruptcy is an easy way to end up behind bars. Anyone considering hiding assets should look up a recent example of Joe and Teresa Guidice, who received prison sentences for concealing assets and engaging in fraud before and during their bankruptcy filing. The reality of the matter is that bankruptcy is a means of ridding yourself of debt legally and legitimately. How Do People Hide Assets? One common method is the hiding of assets by giving or selling them to friends or family. This is illegal. Courts and lawyers are aware of this practice as it seems like it may be a clever way to bypass the law, because you will no longer be in possession of the assets you’ve given away. However, this willful giving away of assets to friends or family to avoid potentially losing assets to a creditor is considered a fraudulent transactions requiring…
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Washington DC Bankruptcy Attorney Discusses a Little Known Fact Most people assume that one cannot discharge a student loan debt through bankruptcy. The accepted fact is that you can get rid of most kinds of unsecured debt through bankruptcy, but student loans are one thing you can’t wipe out through bankruptcy. A careful reading of bankruptcy law reveals that this is almost always true. For those able to prove that repaying a loan would cause undue hardship, student loans can, in fact, be discharged by bankruptcy. Undue hardship is undefined in bankruptcy law, meaning that each individual court decides what it means, making it an incredibly difficult condition to meet. For starters, one must be able to prove not only an inability to repay loans now, but very little chance of being able to pay them in the future either. Most borrowers don’t even try to discharge student loans since…
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