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Will Recent Use of Credit Cards for Necessities Like Food and Clothing Prevent me from Filing Bankruptcy?
There is no perfect time to file for bankruptcy. Ideally, you should wait to file at a point when you have not touched your credit cards for several months and your credit card charges over the past year have not taken a big jump. Further there is less chance that you will face any objection if...
USA Today recently reported that student loan debt in the United States, which totals $850 billion, now exceeds outstanding credit card debt in the U.S., which totals $828 billion.USA Today gets its numbers from a web site publisher named Mark Kantrowitz, who publishes two scholarship matching...
A typical Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 petition requires you to submit well over 50 pages of documentation, including:your schedules – which includes a detailed budget, a list of all creditors including addresses and account numbers, a detailed list of assets with estimated valuations, detailed...
As a debtor’s attorney, one of my goals is to help my client protect as many of their assets as possible when filing for bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Code allows us to shelter certain assets by declaring them as exempt. More on How do Georgia Residents Protect Joint Tax Returns in a Joint...
Usually, when I meet with a prospective bankruptcy client, the first question I get is “how long will it take me to recover after filing bankruptcy” and the second question I get is “will I have to give up my personal items like furniture and jewelry?” More on Will You Lose...
When I am meeting with clients, I get a lot of questions about retirement plans. Often, I see clients who have very little equity in property, and even less cash, but they may have $25,000 or $30,000 in an IRA or a 401(k). How does having several thousand dollars in a retirement plan impact your...
Social Media sites, and Facebook in particular, have changed the practice of law. Divorce lawyers regularly review the opposing party's Facebook profile for evidence of adultery or hidden assets. Prosecutors present online photos to juries as evidence of guilty behavior. Bill collectors...
Yesterday, my son graduated from high school. His class selected a math/environmental sciences teacher named Nicole Brite to deliver the faculty address to the senior class. Ms. Brite delivered a spectacular address which was meaningful, witty and thoughtful (and she received a well deserved...
I have written before about the pros and cons of entering into a reaffirmation agreement with one or more of your secured creditors. On the plus side, reaffirming a secured debt gives you a degree of certainty – you are once again in a contractual relationship with your creditor. You know...
Because I handle both personal bankruptcy cases and Social Security disability cases, I frequently get questions about the interrelationship between these two areas of law. A question I get at least once a month has to do with whether a Social Security disability overpayment is dischargeable in...