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What Property Can You Keep When You File for Bankruptcy?

The myth that you lose everything if you file for bankruptcy is exactly that, a myth. In reality, bankruptcy filers in Georgia usually get to keep most or all of their important items by declaring them exempt from creditors under state law. If an item qualifies for an exemption, the item cannot be taken by Read More

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7 Things to Do to Make Your Bankruptcy Go Smoother

If you’re contemplating filing for bankruptcy, you may be worried that it will be a hard process that takes a long time to get through. As experienced Georgia bankruptcy lawyers, we’re here to tell you there is no reason to panic. Yes, bankruptcy can be a complex process, but you have the ability to do Read More

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What Happens in Chapter 7 if There’s Too Much Equity in Your Home?

Most Georgia bankruptcy filers prefer taking the Chapter 7 route because it results in discharging outstanding debts while allowing debtors to keep most or all of their property. However, you shouldn’t assume Chapter 7 is the right fit for you. There are several factors to consider first, including your income, your expenses and whether you Read More

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How Fraudulent Transfers Can Frustrate Your Bankruptcy Case

Some bankruptcy filers attempt to shield some of their assets by transferring them to other people. They give away assets or sell them at nominal prices to family members, or friends. Unfortunately, moving assets around shortly before filing for bankruptcy can be deemed fraudulent transfers or fraudulent conveyances. They can be discovered and undone by Read More

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Making Sure Your Chapter 13 Payments Go Into the Right Hands

In a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, also known as reorganization, the debtor agrees to a court-approved plan to repay a portion of his or her outstanding debts. Eligible creditors are paid specified amounts over the life of the plan, which is three to five years. However, in devising Chapter 13 plans, there are many opportunities for Read More

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How Credit Card Companies Can Challenge Debt Discharge

Credit card debt is one of the financial issues that can push a borrower into filing for bankruptcy. However, federal law allows a creditor to challenge discharge of a particular debt by claiming it was obtained by “false pretenses, false representation, or actual fraud.” Credit card companies have two primary strategies for raising such challenges. Read More

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Can You File a Chapter 7 Without Affecting Your Spouse?

Married couples often file joint bankruptcy petitions. In many cases it makes perfect sense for both spouses to liquidate (Chapter 7 bankruptcy) or reorganize (Chapter 13 bankruptcy) their debts. However, it is possible for only one spouse to declare bankruptcy and under certain circumstances, it is in the couple’s best interests to do so. One Read More

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What a Bankruptcy Attorney Can Do That You Probably Can’t

Individuals filing for bankruptcy have the right to represent themselves. Some people are tempted to do so, reasoning that bankruptcy consists of simply filling out forms. However, in most cases, going into bankruptcy without an attorney is a risky course of action. According to recent statistics, people who file Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions through legal Read More

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Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Law Can Limit Discharge of Credit Card Debt

The purpose of bankruptcy is to give financially overwhelmed individuals a fresh start and the chance to repair their credit. Many types of consumer debts can be discharged (canceled) in bankruptcy, including personal loans, medical bills, past due utility charges and, quite commonly, credit card accounts. In fact, much of the debt in Chapter 7 Read More

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How Chapter 13 Can Help You Modify Your Home Mortgage

Chapter 13 is a form of bankruptcy in which unsecured debts are partially paid off over a period of years, with the remainder discharged once the case is complete. However, most Chapter 13 cases involve one or more secured debts, which remain in force. For example, a home mortgage loan is secured by a lien Read More

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