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
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
You know bankruptcy wipes out debts. But WHEN it does so is very different with Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13. Either way, at the end they are gone. The main goal of most consumer bankruptcy cases is to get a fresh financial start through writing off debts. The legal bankruptcy term for write-off is “discharge.” In virtually all successful … Read More
Under Chapter 13, unlike Chapter 7, you pay your general unsecured debts as much as you can for 3 to 5 years, although often not very much. Our last blog post was about how Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” deals with “general unsecured debts.” Mostly, they are discharged—legally, permanently written off. There are some exceptions. At the end of the … Read More
Using a credit card shortly before filing bankruptcy doesn’t seem right. The law agrees. Writing off this kind of debt can be a problem.