Married couples frequently file a bankruptcy case together in what is called a joint case. The Chapter 13 term lasts three to five years. Sometimes the couple’s relationship falls apart during that term. This article discusses three options that an attorney would discuss with the couple.
Many clients wonder what will happen if their current vehicle breaks down or is a total loss during the term of their Chapter 13 Plan. While it is preferable to pay cash for a new vehicle, expenses in our lives do not always allow for this. The bankruptcy does not prohibit you from incurring debt but the process does require patience. We will discuss all your options with you prior to you making a decision.
Credit reporting can be confusing. Quite often, what seems like “common knowledge” or “common sense” is, well, wrong. Many of the truths behind credit reporting may surprise you.
One of the biggest myths I hear from people regarding bankruptcy is that they cannot file bankruptcy because the Trustee will take their home.
All people experience “bumps in the road” of life, such as job loss, illness, or death. If you experience such an event during your Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you should first inform your attorney. Every person’s circumstances are different, and your attorney will help you choose the option that best fits with your case and your goals.
By Amanda DeBerry Koehn and Angela Haen ¹
From a debtor’s perspective, filing bankruptcy is an expensive proposition. In addition to the court filing fee and mandatory credit counseling course, there is the cost of an attorney to represent them throughout the process.
Folks often schedule a free consultation with us on the recommendation of their divorce attorney. Oftentimes, financial difficulties and divorce go hand-in-hand.
We have been privileged to help thousands of Virginians regain their financial health. But the most consistent regret these folks express to us is that they wish they had come to us for help sooner.
Our clients are often concerned about renting an apartment after their bankruptcy case is filed.
Deciding which type of bankruptcy to file can be complicated. It is important to understand how the different types of bankruptcy will address the debts that you have.
Rule 3002.1: A Case Odyssey ¹
Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3002.1 was intended to address communication problems regarding mortgage companies and Chapter 13 debtors, and the rule furthers its goal of increased transparency in two ways.
Negotiating with your lender may help you to avoid foreclosure on your home. If negotiating is not an option, filing bankruptcy may be the next option before foreclosure.
Filing bankruptcy is not the end for your bank account; there are many options still available to you.
Make an appointment today for a free consultation with a Boleman Law attorney.
If you fail to pay a secured creditor*, repossession is a legal process that allows that creditor to take back or repossess the property (collateral) that secures the debt.
Though we have not met, here is what I know. You’ve worked hard, paid your bills and built up your credit rating – and then something bad happened.
If you do not complete the Debtor’s Education Course and obtain a Pre-Discharge Education certificate your bankruptcy discharge may be denied by the court.
The IRS can pounce without warning if you haven’t filed tax returns.
The mortgage payment was OK when you bought the house. But things have changed. Job loss. Medical bills. You’ve missed some payments. Fortunately, there are solutions.
“Successful” depends on your perspective, but an outcome that relieves overwhelming debt and gives people a financial – and emotional – fresh start should be considered successful.
Some people think that filing for bankruptcy means that you’ll lose everything – even the shirt on your back. But that’s not the case. An experienced attorney will help protect you while maintaining your rights.
Only a few short years ago, people thought of their family home as an investment that would pay valuable dividends in the future. How times have changed!
Choosing a skilled, experienced bankruptcy lawyer is essential to getting a fresh financial start.
In 1991 Gayle and I started a bankruptcy law firm in Richmond. We had one room. We couldn’t afford a desk. So we took off an inside door, laid it across two low file cabinets and made a desk that we shared.
Finding an expert bankruptcy specialist can make a huge difference when you’re working to regain your financial health.
Many people have group legal insurance or group legal discount plans through their work, union or other organization. Boleman Law is an approved legal network provider for most plans.
If you’re worried about your financial situation, don’t be embarrassed. You’re not alone. There are legal solutions. We will help you.
Overwhelming debt? Time for a fresh start? There are two options for filing personal bankruptcy in Virginia: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. During your free consultation our attorneys can help you decide which option is best for your situation.
For people facing overwhelming debt, just answering the phone or opening the mail can be stressful.
An important step in taking control of your personal finances is to create a realistic budget and stick to it.
Bankruptcy is a mystery to many people and plenty of myths have grown up around the legal process. Here are some common misunderstandings along with the facts.
Military personnel and other government employees fear that filing personal bankruptcy, may negatively impact their security clearance and their jobs (even when instructed to do so by a superior to keep their security clearance). Here are some clearance investigation guidelines.
If you’re like most people, you live from paycheck to paycheck. But what happens if your paycheck is suddenly cut by 20% or disappears altogether? If you see sequestration or work cutbacks in your future, here are 10 things you can do to do to get ready.
People with overwhelming debt are often faced with legal consequences. Bankruptcy is legal protection that helps them get a fresh financial start.
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