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Understanding Your Risks and Rights with Credit Card Debt

There is a simple and easy way to understand the difference between secured and unsecured debt. Secured debt is backed by some type of property, such as a car or house. Defaulting on this type of debt typically means the forfeiture of the property in question. Unsecured debt is backed simply by a promise of… Read More »

Strategies for Building and Growing Your Emergency Fund

Sometimes it takes going through a financial emergency to understand the vital importance of having an emergency fund on hand. Life is expensive. Sometimes things happen that are beyond the realm of your control, such as a roof repair, a mechanical problem with your car, an out-of-town funeral or any other expense that is outside… Read More »

Bankruptcy, Divorce and Credit Card Debt — His, Mine & Ours

Bankruptcy and divorce often go hand in hand because making the transition from a single household to two separate ones is an expensive one. When a couple amasses credit card debt over the course of the marriage, it becomes the responsibility of both parties to pay it off. Unfortunately, when all of the bills have… Read More »

What happens to joint debts when only one spouse files bankruptcy

Just like when filing taxes, married couples have a choice to file for bankruptcy jointly or separately. But if your spouse opts for bankruptcy and you don’t, what will happen to the debts you hold together? The good news is that, in most cases, your partner’s bankruptcy filing won’t significantly impact your financial situation. Perhaps… Read More »

Will my creditors stop harassing me when I file for bankruptcy in Atlanta?

One of the greatest advantages of filing for Atlanta bankruptcy is the power of bankruptcy to stop creditor harassment. From the moment you file, bankruptcy protects you from creditors and bill collectors with a legal action called the automatic stay. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, creditors are legally required to cease all collection… Read More »

What if I forget to list a liability in my bankruptcy filing?

Listing all of your liabilities on the creditor mailing list is one of the most important requirements when filing for an Atlanta Georgia bankruptcy. Failing to disclose a creditor can cause major problems with your bankruptcy case. But accidents happen, and the good news is that it’s possible to correct a simple oversight, provided that… Read More »

Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy Is Easier Than You Might

Worried that bankruptcy will ruin your credit score forever? It’s a widespread myth that bankruptcy does permanent damage. In reality, the most damaging decision you make may be to not file bankruptcy. While it’s true that bankruptcy will leave a mark on your credit report, rebuilding credit after a bankruptcy case is definitely possible. In… Read More »

Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Still Best Bet for Stopping Foreclosure

What started as a tidal wave of foreclosures is slowing to a steady stream. But that doesn’t mean the foreclosure crisis is over. Just because fewer homes are being foreclosed upon doesn’t mean more people are paying the mortgage. It simply means that more people have already lost their homes to foreclosure – and now… Read More »

Charged Off Debt: What It Really Means and How Bankruptcy Can Help

What do you think of when you hear that a debt has been charged off? If you’re like most folks, you may think it means the debt is gone for good. And it is gone – just not from you. Charged-off debt is really just a tricky accounting term. When debts or assets are “charged… Read More »

New Federal Legislation Makes it Easier to Get a Mortgage After Bankruptcy

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s new “Back to Work” lending plan shortens the waiting time required to secure a mortgage after bankruptcy or foreclosure to 12 months. FHA mortgages have always been a great option for first-time or lower-income borrowers because they require only a 3.5 percent down payment. In the past, borrowers had to… Read More »