If you have a co-signed debt, your discharge of that debt may be challenged by either the cosigner or the underlying creditor. Last week we discussed obligations on co-signed debts, both to the joint creditor and to your co-signer. In that discussion we assumed that both those obligations could be discharged (written off) in bankruptcy. But what if the … Read More
If you have a co-signed debt, you’re concerned not just about the joint debt, but also about your separate liability to your con-signer. If you have a co-signed debt you tend to be more concerned about one of two sets of problems. You’re either mostly worried about the other co-signer, or about the creditor you’re both owe on the … Read More
Bankruptcy may be able to reinstate your license suspended for unpaid traffic tickets. Depends on whether the laws violated are crimes. We’re deep into a series of blog posts about powerful, less familiar benefits of bankruptcy. One important one is reinstating your suspended driver’s license. Whether bankruptcy can reinstate your license depends a lot on the reason for the … Read More
Hiring a bankruptcy lawyer can buy you some immediate relief from your creditors, and prevent some crucial irreparable financial harm. What relief can you get when you get a bankruptcy lawyer? Relief After vs. Before Filing Bankruptcy The moment you file a bankruptcy case, all or most of your creditors must legally stop collecting their debts. The law that accomplishes this is called … Read More
It’s a new year. What could be a better resolution than to get a new financial start for 2018!? What could be better than that? An Overall New Financial Start Get a new start by discharging (permanently, legally writing off) all or most of your debts. If you have mostly consumer or small business debts you have two main … Read More
If you feel personally or morally obligated to pay a debt, Chapter 7 allows you to do that, while Chapter 13 puts up roadblocks. Our last blog post was about debts that you still pay after a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case. These included debts you might WANT to pay as well as those that you are legally REQUIRED … Read More
Unsecured debts are not legally attached to anything you own. They have no security. Certain special unsecured debts are “priority” debts. Unsecured Debts Debts that are unsecured are those which are not legally tied to anything you own. The creditor has no “security” attached to the debt, no “security interest” in anything. It has no right to repossess or … Read More
How to know whether to delay filing bankruptcy when you’re expecting new medical services and their medical debts? Here are two examples.
A bankruptcy covers the debts that exist as of the time your case is filed, not future debts. So how do you know when to file your case?
If you can’t or won’t pay a co-signed debt, or pay a co-signer, you need to protect yourself from that debt and from your co-signer.
Don’t be afraid to file bankruptcy because of how it would affect a co-signer. Your bankruptcy often actually helps that co-signer.
If you have a power of attorney over someone’s assets, or any similar power, those assets are not affected by your bankruptcy case.
You hear in bankruptcy about the “trustee,” and maybe about the “U.S. Trustee.” They’re clearly easy to confuse. Who’s the U.S. Trustee?
Sometimes life simply dishes out some bad luck. A bad car accident. A serious illness. Bankruptcy turns these lemons of life into lemonade.
One example how debts from a vehicle accident, involving possible drunk driving, are handled in bankruptcy.