$600 Pandemic Relief Payments Are Coming

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Photo by Alexander Mils on Unsplash. Now that Trump did sign the new pandemic relief law, and the increase to $2,000 is not happening, when and how are the $600 payments coming? Last Sunday (on December 27) President Trump signed the pandemic relief law that Congress had passed 6 days earlier. Because between its passage and before signing he’d surprisingly … Read More

Congress Agrees to New Pandemic Relief

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Photo by Blogging Guide on Unsplash. Congressional leaders finally announced an agreement for new pandemic relief, extending unemployment benefits and new stimulus payments. On Sunday evening, December 20, 2020, the U.S. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders announced that they finally agreed on a new pandemic relief package. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the following on the floor of the Senate: … Read More

No Federal Student Loan Payments through January

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Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash. The pandemic’s federal student loan forbearance period which was expiring at the end of December has been extended through January 31, 2021. On Friday, December 4, the Department of Education extended a forbearance period that was expiring on December 31, 2020. Its press release says “[f]ederal student loan borrowers will not be expected to … Read More

Avoid Vehicle Surrender or Repossession

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Photo by Zachary Keimig on Unsplash. Use bankruptcy to avoid surrendering your vehicle or getting it repossessed. Then Chapter 7 or 13 will either buy time or allow you to keep it. We’re continuing a series of blog posts on the smart timing of your bankruptcy case. This week we get into filing bankruptcy to stop a vehicle repossession or … Read More

Student Loans and Chapter 7 Timing

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash. You have to demonstrate undue hardship to write off a student loan. That often requires strategic filing of your Chapter 7 case. We’re in a series on the smart timing of your bankruptcy case. Last week we introduced the special condition you must meet to discharge (write off) student loans: “undue hardship.” Bankruptcy discharges other … Read More

Avoid Credit Card Allegations of Fraud

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Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash. Making credit card purchases or cash advances a short time before filing bankruptcy can result in fraud allegations. Good timing can avoid this. Last week’s blog post introduced the so-called “presumptions of fraud” in bankruptcy. Today we get into dealing with this issue through smart bankruptcy timing. Bankruptcy Timing to Avoid the Presumption of Fraud … Read More

Eviction Moratorium Issues

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Photo by Jan Antonin Kolar on Unsplash. The ongoing federal eviction moratorium is a helpful but limited tool. There are issues about how to qualify and its conditions and limitations. Our last three weekly blog posts have been about the new Agency Order temporarily stopping many residential evictions. This Order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) went … Read More

The Eviction Moratorium and Chapter 13

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Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash. The CDC’s recent temporary eviction moratorium does not forgive any unpaid rent. Chapter 13 lets you catch up on that back rent over time. Our blog post two weeks ago was about a recent federal order temporarily stopping certain residential evictions throughout the country. Check out that blog post to see who is covered … Read More

Chapter 7 and the Eviction Moratorium

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash. The CDC’s recent temporary eviction moratorium adds a new tool around which to plan your bankruptcy filing. Here are some Chapter 7 strategies. Last week’s blog post was about a new federal order temporarily stopping certain residential evictions throughout the country. Please see that blog post about which renters and rental properties are covered, … Read More

Bankruptcy’s Effect on an Income Tax Lien

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Photo by Joshua Sukoff on Unsplash. An income tax lien creates challenges, so try to file bankruptcy to prevent one. Otherwise, bankruptcy can often help deal with a tax lien. This blog post continues a series about the smart timing of your bankruptcy filing. (It was interrupted by two blog posts updating federal unemployment benefits.) The last one in this … Read More

Timing to Avoid Tax Interest and Penalties

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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash. How you time your bankruptcy case filing can affect whether, or how much, you pay the accrued, or future, income tax interest and penalties. This blog post is in a series about the importance of smart timing of your bankruptcy filing. Today we cover how good bankruptcy timing can prevent you having to pay … Read More

Timing Chapter 13 to Discharge Income Taxes

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Photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash. You can discharge income taxes in a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case as you can in a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy.” Here’s how it’s different. Our blog post of three weeks ago introduced the importance of timing your bankruptcy filing right. We gave a list of 15 examples where timing can make a … Read More

Including New Debts in Bankruptcy

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Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash Bankruptcy only includes debts that you owe at the time you file your case, not new debts you incur after filing. So timing is crucial. In last week’s blog post we introduced how to time your bankruptcy filing. We gave a list of 15 examples of timing considerations. Today we start with the first … Read More

If You Have Unpaid Child/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