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Chapter 11 bankruptcies are up 63 percent

December 31, 2018

Chapter 11 bankruptcies occur when companies file for bankruptcy in order to protect themselves from creditors and to restructure their debt into something more manageable. This process is overseen by a Federal bankruptcy judge. Usually,…

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Toys “R” Us not going bankrupt after all

December 27, 2018

In the early summer of 2018, one of the largest and most iconic toy stores shocked the world by closing almost all of its 800 stores. Toys R Us was already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy…

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Bankruptcies soar among the elderly

December 18, 2018

A 2018 study has shown that bankruptcies among the elderly have increased over the last several years at a significant rate. From 1991 to 2016, the study indicated that bankruptcies of people 65 and older…

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The easiest ways to save money after bankruptcy

December 12, 2018

Life after a bankruptcy can be a tough. Sure, the knowledge that your debts have been wiped out is good, but sometimes there is a sense of failure. There is also the fear that you…

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What an automatic stay is and how it can keep debt collectors away

When a debtor files bankruptcy, a “legal shield,” called an automatic stay, goes into effect immediately. It serves to stay, or stop, all collection efforts in effect at the time of the bankruptcy filing. One…

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Why hiding assets is a bad idea when filing bankruptcy

You have likely heard the expression that “Honesty is the best policy.” Not only is that true, but telling the truth is absolutely necessary when it comes to filing bankruptcy. Lying in a bankruptcy case…

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What to expect when going to court for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy

It is natural for people to worry about what to expect when they go to court for their Chapter 7 bankruptcy’s “341 Meeting,” also known as the “Meeting of Creditors.” Concerns about a creditor or…

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What happens to my secured debt if I file Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

There are two kinds of debt: secured and unsecured. A debt is secured when the creditor/lender can recover a specified asset from the debtor/borrower if the borrower does not repay the loan on time. A…

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My only income is Social Security. Should I still consider bankruptcy?

We often meet with people with debt problems whose only income is Social Security benefits.  In some cases, they are “judgment proof”.  That is, there is no way for their creditors to collect.  Other than…

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Five Common Questions People Ask During Bankruptcy

People end up buried in debt for many reasons. Yes, poor money management is the reason for some people’s plights, but debt issues are frequently caused by job losses, illnesses, divorces, or other personal life…

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Filing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Doesn’t Mean You Have Failed

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is widely-known yet frequently misunderstood. Despite the connotation, bankruptcy is a very common legal avenue that is designed to help people who are under insurmountable debt. Though common, it is still extremely…

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Do I have to file a bankruptcy jointly with my spouse?

No, you are not required to file a joint bankruptcy case with your spouse.  You can file individually, you each could file separate cases if you wish, or you can file a joint case.  This…

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Save money every time you shop online

Shopping online is both a blessing and a curse.  We all have a tendency to impulse buy, ending up with a purchase we didn’t really want or need.  It’s just too easy to click! On…

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Beware Counterfeit eclipse glasses! Protect your eyes.

If you plan to use protective glasses to view the upcoming solar eclipse, BEWARE.  NASA has put out the word that some unscrupulous vendors are trying to make a quick buck by selling counterfeit or…

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