Bankruptcy Buys Time to Sell Your Home

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Chapter 7, in the right situations, buys time to sell your home. It may buy only a couple of crucial months, or sometimes much longer.   Our last several blog posts have been about using bankruptcy to either prevent various kinds of liens hitting your home or deal with those liens if they happen. For example, in the last few … Read More

Bankruptcy Protects You from Your Homeowners’ Association

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Homeowners’ association debts are dangerous. Chapter 7 may help, but Chapter 13 protects you better by giving you lots of time to catch up.   Filing bankruptcy gives you limited, but potentially very useful protection from your homeowners’ association liens and debts. A Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” filing could especially help. Your Homeowners’ Association Is a Particularly Dangerous Creditor … Read More

Prevent Income Tax Liens with Chapter 13

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

Chapter 13 can prevent income tax liens on dischargeable taxes. But it’s riskier. It takes years, and you may pay some of that tax.     Two weeks ago we showed how the filing of a bankruptcy case stops the recording of an income tax lien.  A bankruptcy filing imposes the “automatic stay.” That law makes it illegal for the … Read More

Remove a Judgment Lien from Your Home

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One great benefit of bankruptcy is the ability to remove a judgment lien from your home. It’s almost as helpful as writing off that debt.   The Problem, and the Bankruptcy Solution Do you have a judgment lien on your home? If so, the debt on that judgment is secured by whatever equity you have in your home. The debt … Read More

Catch up on Property Taxes through Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy helps you catch up on property taxes: Chapter 7 discharges other debts, Chapter 13 helps with your mortgage & other special debts.   Bankruptcy Stops a Property Tax Foreclosure Filing either a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” or a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case stops a foreclosure by your property tax authority. Filing bankruptcy stops most forms of debt collection … Read More

Afford to Pay Your Home Mortgage through Bankruptcy

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Chapter 7 clears away your other debts so that you can afford to pay your home mortgage. Chapter 13 does so by helping you deal with special debts.   Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Improve Your Cash Flow A Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case would very likely quickly write off (“discharge”) many of your debts. For many people it discharges most … Read More

Protect Future Home Equity with Bankruptcy Now

Wasson and ThornhillHomestead Exemption

An underappreciated benefit of filing bankruptcy now is that doing so will protect the equity that your home will build in the future.   Our last blog post discussed how to protect the equity currently in your home through the homestead exemption. We discussed property exemptions in bankruptcy in general, and federal and state homestead exemptions in particular. Overall we showed how … Read More

More Ways Bankruptcy Benefits Your Home

Wasson and ThornhillHome Foreclosures

Bankruptcy helps with more than just your mortgage. You can avoid, or deal constructively with, judgment, income tax, support and HOA liens.   Last week we gave you 7 ways that bankruptcy can either save your home now or protect it going forward. Here are the remaining 8 ways (#8 through #15), mostly involving involuntary liens placed on your home … Read More

List of How Bankruptcy Benefits Your Home

Wasson and ThornhillHome Mortgages

If you’re having trouble making your mortgage payments, or other home-related debts, here’s a list of the many ways how bankruptcy can help.   Here’s the List We’ve got a list of 15 separate ways that bankruptcy can either save your home now or protect it in the near future. Here are the first 7—the other 8 we’ll give you … Read More

Reducing Payments on Furniture and Other Secured Debt

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You can lower your monthly payments, the interest rate, and amount you pay on furniture purchases, secured credit cards, and pawn loans.   Our last 4 blog posts have been about Chapter 13 cramdown of vehicle loans. For most people filing a consumer bankruptcy case, their vehicle loan is their largest and most important personal property debt. But cramdown can also … Read More

Keep Your Vehicle by Reducing Loan Payments through Cramdown

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Chapter 7 reaffirmation requires you to make full monthly vehicle payments. Consider reducing loan payments through cramdown in Chapter 13.   The last two blog posts have been about keeping your vehicle in a Chapter 7 case. Two weeks ago was about the benefits of reaffirming the vehicle’s loan. Last week was about possible ways of keeping the vehicle by … Read More

Reaffirm Your Vehicle Loan in Chapter 7

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To keep your vehicle and be able to afford to pay for it, reaffirm your vehicle loan in Chapter 7 and discharge your other debts.     A Vehicle Loan is a Secured Debts We started this series of blog posts on debts by introducing secured debts as follows: Each of your debts is either secured by something you own or it … Read More

Dealing with a Debt Not Listed in Your Bankruptcy Case

Wasson and ThornhillDischarge of Debts

The consequence of a debt not listed in your bankruptcy case is you may still owe it afterwards. So how do you make sure to list every one?   Several blog posts ago we introduced the law that debts “neither listed nor scheduled” risk not being forgiven in bankruptcy. Section 523(a)(3) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This follows the bankruptcy principle that debts … Read More

Debts Included Because Creditor Learns about Your Bankruptcy

Wasson and ThornhillDischarge of Debts

You should list all your debts when you file bankruptcy. But a debt may also get discharged if the creditor timely learns about your case.   Last week’s blog post was about the importance of listing all debts in a bankruptcy case to write them off. Debts “neither listed nor scheduled” in the bankruptcy documents are not discharged (legally written … Read More