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The Bankruptcy Discharge: What You Need to Know

During the 12-month period that ended September 30, 2018, more than 760,000 Americans filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. These Americans were facing seemingly insurmountable debts, but the bankruptcy process offered them a way out. The way bankruptcy does so is through the discharge, a court order that terminates a debtor’s liability …

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Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: What’s the Difference?

When individuals file for bankruptcy, one of the first choices they must make is under which chapter of the Bankruptcy Code to file their case. In general, individuals choose to file either under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Each of these chapters provides its own set of rules and offers different advantages and disadvantages for debtors. If you’re considering filing …

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What Happens if You Forget to List a Creditor When Filing Bankruptcy?

Every bankruptcy case begins with a flurry of paperwork. In addition to the bankruptcy petition, you’ll need to file multiple schedules and other documents listing comprehensive information about your assets, debts, creditors, and other financial information. Given the complexity of the information requested, it can be easy to make mistakes. One mistake that people sometimes make when filing for bankruptcy …

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Credit Card Debt Increasing Fastest in Nevada

In August 2018, Experian, one of the nation’s three consumer credit reporting agencies, released the findings from a study of nationwide credit card trends. According to that study, credit card debt in the United States grew from $734 billion in the second quarter of 2017 to $782 billion in the second quarter of this year, an increase of about 6.6%. …

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Christmas Gifts and Bankruptcy

Last updated August 22, 2018. For many Americans, overspending is a holiday tradition. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper expected to spend nearly $1,000 during the 2017 holiday season. And the actual results blew past the NRF’s forecast. The holidays have a way of making people spend more than they intended to, and for some, that means …

HAMP Denial May Mean Lawsuit

Under the Home Affordable Modification Program (“HAMP”), an underwater homeowner may request that a lender modify his or her home mortgage. Typically, a request is made after the homeowner has missed payments and needs the modification to eliminate negative equity, reduce monthly payments (and interest in some cases), and bring the mortgage current. If the homeowner meets certain eligibility requirements, …

Flagstar Bank Penalized for Mortgage Servicing Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has reached a consent agreement with Flagstar Bank to settle accusations that the bank delayed or prevented thousands of homeowners from obtaining mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure. The agreement calls for Flagstar to pay $27.5 million to the roughly 6,500 consumers whose loans were serviced by the bank. The bank will …

When State Law Conflicts with Federal Law, Bankruptcy Debtors May Lose

The United States is a nation of laws. Many, many laws. We have city laws, county laws, state laws, and federal laws. The enforcement of each law is constrained by a jurisdiction. Federal laws typically apply everywhere within the United States; state laws only within the state borders. So, what happens when a state allows certain conduct within its borders …

Bankruptcy Dishonesty Means No Discharge and Worse

Overwhelming debt causes a great deal of stress. You may lose sleep, become angry, or get scared. Fortunately, the federal bankruptcy laws can restructure your debts, provide a fresh start and alleviate your stress. However, it is critical that you play by the rules. A man in Tama County, Iowa, recently discovered the importance of honesty and fair dealing during …

Filing Chapter 7 after a Chapter 7 Discharge

Bankruptcy is meant to provide debt relief to honest, but unfortunate individuals. For some, bad luck seems to hang around a while. For others, bad luck seems to have moved in permanently. Unfortunate individuals with continuing or reoccurring debts may find relief through the federal bankruptcy laws which can provide a third, or even fourth opportunity to start fresh. Eligibility …