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Ending Georgia Wage Garnishments by Filing for Bankruptcy

After a creditor has obtained a judgment, the creditor may seek an order allowing garnishment of the debtor’s wages. If approved, this remedy generally allows a creditor to take up to 25 percent of the debtor’s disposable weekly earnings, which consist of gross pay after taxes, social security, state unemployment insurance, and employee retirement contributions. Read More

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How Georgia Bankruptcy Filers Can “Cram Down” Secured Debts

People in financial straits sometimes opt for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which lets them keep their property while they pay off either all or a reduced portion of their debt over time. Although it affords some relief, a Chapter 13 plan still puts pressure on debtors to repay. However, there is a way for them Read More

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What Property Is Exempt from Liquidation in a Georgia Bankruptcy?

When someone files for a bankruptcy in Georgia, the court will appoint a trustee who has the power to gather up the debtor’s assets, liquidate them and use the proceeds to partially pay off creditors. However, under state and federal laws, certain property is exempt from the bankruptcy process up to a certain dollar amount Read More

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What Is the “Means Test” in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you are behind on your monthly bills and feel you are drowning in debt, filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy can give you a fresh start. Simply put, a Chapter 7 forgives most of your debts while allowing you to keep some of your property and to rebuild your creditworthiness. As attractive as this Read More

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Can You File for Bankruptcy Without Any Assets?

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be surprised to learn that the court assigns you a trustee to oversee your case. This individual carefully reviews the details of your filing, including all assets, income and debts. He or she may look into why you sold certain items before filing for Chapter 7 Read More

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Can You File for Bankruptcy While Unemployed?

A job loss can wreak havoc on your personal finances, especially if you’ve recently dealt with unexpected expenses or you have not built up an adequate cushion to protect you in case you go several months or more without income. Losing a job is one of the most common reasons why people end up filing Read More

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Can You File for Bankruptcy Without Losing Your House?

Filing for bankruptcy is difficult enough considering the stress it can cause and the significant negative affect it will have on your credit score. The thought of bankruptcy becomes even more troubling if you fear that you may lose your home. Fortunately, U.S. bankruptcy laws typically allow you to exempt your home as long as Read More

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Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect Your Social Security Disability?

When you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may be understandably concerned that those benefits will be taken away from you if you file for bankruptcy. This issue affects a large number of people. One of the most common reasons why Americans file for bankruptcy is medical bills. In some cases, the health Read More

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Could Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Affect Your Pension?

Could Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Affect Your Pension? You’ve worked hard to earn a pension, and you may even rely on it for the bulk of your income during retirement. If you need to file for bankruptcy protection, however, you may wonder what will happen to your pension. Will it be subject to the discharge process? Read More

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