Chapter 7 and Your Vehicle Loan or Lease

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash. A timely Chapter 7 filing helps in diverse situations with your vehicle loan or lease. Check out these 7 ways Chapter 7 gives you big advantages. We’re in a series on the smart timing of your bankruptcy case. Last week we got into filing bankruptcy to stop a vehicle repossession or surrender. We referred … Read More

Non-Vehicle Cramdown Timing

Wasson and ThornhillSecured Debts

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Photo by Clayton on Unsplash. Cramdown is often used as a tool to lower monthly payments and the total paid on vehicle loans. This tool also works with other collateral. We’re in a series of blog posts on the best timing for your filing of your bankruptcy case. Last week we got into timing the cramdown of a vehicle loan. … Read More

Vehicle Loan Cramdown and Chapter 13 Timing

Wasson and ThornhillVehicle Loans

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Photo by Xan Griffin on Unsplash. Vehicle loan cramdown lowers your monthly payment and reduces the total you pay for your vehicle. You have to qualify, and timing is crucial. We’re in the midst of a series on filing your bankruptcy case with the best timing. Today we get into the right timing to be able to cram down your … Read More

Student Loans and Chapter 13 Timing

Wasson and ThornhillStudent Loans

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash. Chapter 13 gives you significant timing advantages better enabling you to demonstrate the required undue hardship to write off student loans. We’re in a series on the best timing for filing your bankruptcy case. Two weeks ago we introduced the special condition you have to meet to discharge (write off) student loans: undue hardship. … Read More

Discharging Student Loans Causing Undue Hardship

Wasson and ThornhillStudent Loans

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Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash. Discharging—permanently writing off—student loans requires showing undue hardship. Smart bankruptcy timing can make this easier to do. Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy It takes certain circumstances to be able to discharge student loans. Those circumstances can involve the right timing of your bankruptcy case. Bankruptcy discharges most debts. But it “does not discharge” you … Read More

Avoid Presumptions of Fraud

Wasson and ThornhillDischarge of Debts

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Photo by Avery Evans on Unsplash. Presumptions of fraud make a credit card or cash advance debt harder to discharge—write off in bankruptcy. They’re usually easy to avoid. This blog post continues a series about the smart timing of your bankruptcy filing started back in July. (It’s been interrupted by urgent blog posts related to the pandemic—about unemployment benefits and … Read More

The New Eviction Moratorium

Wasson and ThornhillFinancial Crisis

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Photo by Vlad Zinculescu on Unsplash. The CDC imposed a new eviction moratorium over virtually all “residential property” in the United States. How do renters take advantage of it? On Friday, September 4, 2020, a federal order went into effect temporarily stopping certain residential evictions throughout the country. Issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), it’s titled … Read More

Timing to Write Off Income Taxes

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

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Photo by Manasvita S on Unsplash How do you time your bankruptcy case to write off income taxes? Usually you just need to wait long enough (but there may be other factors). Our blog post of two weeks ago introduced the importance of timing your bankruptcy filing right. We gave a list of 15 examples of timing considerations. Last week … Read More

The Best Timing of Your Bankruptcy

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy Advice

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Photo by Monica Sauro on Unsplash There are many timing considerations when it comes to filing your bankruptcy case. Some can be real game changers. Here are 15 of them. Five weeks ago we started a series on why you should get legal advice from a bankruptcy lawyer. We’ve also been making a point of showing why it’s smart to … Read More

If You Have Unfiled Tax Returns

Wasson and ThornhillIncome Taxes

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Photo by Olga DeLawrence on Unsplash. You’re considering bankruptcy, and you have some unfiled tax returns for the IRS and/or your state. Should you prepare and file them, and when? Our last two blog posts have been about what you should and should not do before filing bankruptcy. These are important to consider even if you hope to avoid bankruptcy … Read More

Considering Bankruptcy? Do this.

Wasson and ThornhillBankruptcy Advice

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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash If you’re even considering bankruptcy, consider taking some actions which seem to go against common sense, including about your possessions. Last week we made the point that if bankruptcy is even a possibility for you, please quickly get legal advice. We said when considering bankruptcy you should get legal advice to find out: if … Read More

Ways to Pay Mortgage Forbearance Payments

Wasson and ThornhillHome Mortgages

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Photo by Phil Hearing on Unsplash The CARES Act allows up to 12 months of forbearance on federal backed mortgage payments. When and how must you pay those missed payments?   Last week we presented the new law allowing forbearance—skipping payments—on federally backed mortgages during the pandemic. Basically, if the pandemic has hurt you financially you can request and receive … Read More

Bankruptcy Filings Poised to Increase

Wasson and ThornhillFinancial Crisis

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Photo by Melinda Gimpel on Unsplash Consumer bankruptcy filings edged up in 2019, increased more this March, sharply declined in April, but are very likely to shoot up now. In the last two weeks three major retailers filed Chapter 11 business bankruptcy: J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, and J.C. Penny. Total business Chapter 11 reorganizations were up 26% in April 2020 … Read More

Protect Your $1,200 from Creditor Collection

Wasson and ThornhillCreditor Lawsuits, Financial Crisis

Your $1,200 pandemic relief payment from the IRS is subject to creditor collection, if you have a garnishment order on your bank account. Our blog post four weeks ago was about the $1,200 pandemic relief payments going out to most U.S. adults. The CARES Act explicitly protected these payments from seizure for certain governmental debts. Generally, the payments can’t be … Read More

Coronavirus Law Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy

Wasson and ThornhillChanges in Bankruptcy Law

New $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief law makes modest but potentially important temporary changes to both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 law.   If you’re thinking about filing a Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” case, the new CARES law may help, at least slightly. If instead you’re thinking about a Chapter 13 “adjustment of debts” case, the new law helps in more … Read More