If You Have Unpaid Child/Spousal Support

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash If you’re considering bankruptcy, should you pay unpaid child/spousal support in the meantime?  Might depend on whether you do Chapter 7 or 13. Our last three blog posts have been about what you should and should not do before filing bankruptcy. Three weeks ago we focused on keeping your assets, especially any retirement … Read More

Incurring New Debt When Considering Bankruptcy

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Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash Should you be incurring new debt if bankruptcy may be on your horizon? What are the risks and potential consequences if you do? Two weeks ago we listed 5 crucial things you’d benefit from learning about if you’re thinking about bankruptcy: if bankruptcy is indeed the best option for you how Chapter 7, 11, … Read More

Get Bankruptcy Legal Advice

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash These are financially very challenging times for many. One of the best decisions you can make is to get free bankruptcy legal advice now. What Businesses Do Before Filing Bankruptcy The following are just a few of the companies which have filed business bankruptcy in the last couple months: Pier 1 Imports CMX Cinemas … Read More

New Mortgage Forbearance Law

Wasson and ThornhillHome Mortgages

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April’s one-month increase in delinquent home mortgages was the largest in U.S. history. The new mortgage forbearance law is a major reason.

New 7-Year Amended Chapter 13 Plans

Wasson and ThornhillChanges in Bankruptcy Law, Chapter 13

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash The new coronavirus law temporarily allows amend Chapter 13 plans to extend to a 7-year period instead of the current 5-year maximum.      Last month we described the changes to bankruptcy law made by the coronavirus CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020. One of those changes is the ability to extend the length … Read More

Student Loan Payments Suspended

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The new COVID-19 law temporarily suspends most, but not all, federal student loan monthly payments, accruing interest, and debt collections.      The 880-page Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) has 4 pages of help for certain student loan borrowers. Section 3513 of CARES. It provides meaningful albeit temporary help, for those who qualify by having the right kind … Read More

New Greatly Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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A series of new very beneficial unemployment benefits are coming from the massive coronavirus relief law—much more money for many more people.      Our blog post last week was about the emergency $1,200 Economic Impact Payment that’s “rapidly” coming to most American adults. (Plus $500 for each qualifying dependent child.) For updates on this payment since then, see the … Read More

IRS Postpones Tax Deadline to July 15

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The IRS just postponed the April 15 deadline BOTH to file your income tax return and to pay the taxes, for individuals AND businesses.     IRS Income Tax Return Deadline Postponed Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has postponed the deadline to file federal income tax returns by 3 months. This was announced (on Twitter, no less!) on … Read More

Don’t Pay a Debt to a Prior Employee

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If you operate a business, will be filing bankruptcy, and prefer not to pay a prior employee, take action so that debt is not a priority debt.   Imagine that in the near future you’re closing down a business and filing bankruptcy.  You owe an employee or independent contractor back wages or commissions. But you’d rather not pay that debt … Read More

Pay Employee Debt with Chapter 13

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If you’d like to pay a prior employee or independent contractor recent wages or commissions, Chapter 13 can help you prioritize that.   Our last three blog posts have been about debts you owe to your employees or independent contractors. Specifically, we discussed the conditions under which past wages, commissions, or benefits qualify as a“priority” debt. These posts covered: the … Read More

Debt for Independent Contractor’s Commissions

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A debt for an independent contractor’s commissions can be a priority debt, but only if the contractor meets an extra, tough condition.   Our last blog post was about conditions in which wages, commissions, or benefits owed to an employee are “priority” debt. But what if your debt was not to an employee but an independent contractor? Especially in today’s … Read More

Example: Catch up on Past-Due Support

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

This example shows how well Chapter 13 can protect you from aggressive collection of past-due support and give you a safe way to catch up.   Today we put what we explained in the last three weeks of blog post into a sample Chapter 13 plan. It shows how powerfully Chapter 13 helps you if you owe past due child … Read More

Conditions to Stop Past-Due Support Collections

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

Chapter 13 is better than Chapter 7 if you need to stop the aggressive collection of past-due support, if you meet some ongoing conditions.   Last week we showed how Chapter 13 stops the collection of past-due child and spousal support, while Chapter 7 doesn’t. But we ended by emphasizing that anyone can quickly lose this huge benefit of Chapter … Read More

Chapter 7 and Unpaid Child or Spousal Support

Wasson and ThornhillChild & Spousal Support

If you are behind on child or spousal support, Chapter 7 writes off all or most of your other debts so that you can catch up on your support.     If you are behind on child or spousal support payments Chapter 7 may or may not be a good solution. Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” is the most common type … Read More