By Jeff Field | Published December 15, 2022 | Posted in Bankruptcy | Tagged Tags: chapter 7, creditor, debtor | Leave a comment
When your wages, bank accounts and other funds you use for essential expenses are seized to pay overdue debt, the results can be devastating. For example, a wage or bank garnishment may leave you without enough money for your car payment. If the car is then repossessed and you are without transportation, you risk losing Read MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
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 MoreRead More
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (also known as “liquidation”), a court-appointed trustee is tasked with collecting and selling the debtor’s assets and using the proceeds to pay the creditors. However, the trustee cannot take everything. The debtor can legally retain ownership of certain assets, in whole or in part. These bankruptcy exemptions include various forms Read MoreRead More
Individual debtors who want to take advantage of bankruptcy law to reduce or wipe out their debt burden have two options. One is Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which is designed for debtors who don’t want to sell off their property to pay off their creditors but instead want to make repayment of their debts more manageable. Read MoreRead More
If a family member or close acquaintance has agreed to cosign on a loan or credit account for you, they are liable for the full amount due. That means the creditor can seek repayment from your cosigner even if you seek bankruptcy protection. In deciding how to proceed, you need to consider the effect of Read MoreRead More
Unmanageable debt due to medical expenses is a major reason why Americans fall into financial hardship. If you’re in this situation, you might not even be able to afford health insurance, with the result that your medical bills continue to mount. Filing for bankruptcy can alleviate your economic burdens and offer you a fresh start. Read MoreRead More
If you’ve had a serious illness or injury requiring extensive treatment, bills can quickly add up. In addition, you may be unable to work during the course of your recovery, which can compound your financial woes. If you cannot make the minimum payments on your medical bills and they continue to accumulate, you might consider Read MoreRead More
Chapter 7 bankruptcy can offer you a fresh start by relieving you of the financial obligations you had to your creditors. Although most of your non-exempt property is liquidated during the process to pay off your debt, there may be some property you want to keep, such as real estate or a vehicle. Consequently, there Read MoreRead More
As a result of stay-at-home orders, job losses and business closures, the coronavirus pandemic has caused many families to suffer significant economic hardship. While filing for bankruptcy may be an option, there are also a number of financial strategies you should consider that can help you tackle your debt and protect your finances during these Read MoreRead More
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