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When Should You File for Bankruptcy if You Face Foreclosure?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure often go hand in hand. Mortgage debt is one of the most common causes of bankruptcy, so if you know you face foreclosure and also know you are planning on filing for bankruptcy protection, you must decide whether you will file for bankruptcy before or after the foreclosure. In most… Read More »

What to Do When Debt Collectors Contact Others About Your Debt

The rules and regulations contained in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) place strict limits on the individuals that debt collectors are allowed to contact about any debt you owe. In most situations, collectors and collection agencies are only allowed to communicate with you or your attorney. Collectors are even prohibited from leaving messages… Read More »

Non-Dischargeable Debts in Bankruptcy and How to Manage Them

For the most part, bankruptcy provides you with a fresh financial start after you have become overwhelmed with debt. However, it will not necessarily wipe out all of your debts, so even after you have filed for bankruptcy protection, you may still have some issues with paying your creditors. Nondischargeable debts under Chapter 7 bankruptcy… Read More »

Staying Informed: An Overview of Credit Scores

Most people understand the importance of maintaining good credit. But what exactly is a credit score and how can you help ensure yours falls into the best range possible? Your credit score is a three-digit number that offers a rating based on all of the information contained in your credit report. This document includes an… Read More »

How to Choose the Best Bankruptcy Attorney for You

As soon as you have made the decision to file for bankruptcy, it’s important to get in touch with an attorney who can help you through the process. But which qualities should you look for in your potential bankruptcy lawyer? The following are a few tips to consider: Professionalism. Your potential attorney should be completely… Read More »

Questions a Bankruptcy Trustee Will Likely Ask You

Whenever you file for bankruptcy protection, you are required to attend a meeting with your creditors to answer certain questions about the information you included in your bankruptcy paperwork. The bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case leads this meeting. Most of these questions are simple, but it’s important to be prepared for them. Before the… Read More »

What to Expect When Filing for Bankruptcy

The issue of bankruptcy became central a few years ago during Atlanta’s heated city council race between H. Lamar Willis and Andre Dickens. Dickens took fire from the Willis campaign over his $1.1 million bankruptcy filing. This tactic ended up backfiring, however, as Dickens was quick to point out his bankruptcy was the responsible course… Read More »

What Debt Solution is Right for Me?

In searching for a debt solution that’s right for your particular financial situation, it can be difficult to decide where to turn. There are countless credit counselors and debt settlement organizations out there, and it’s tough to sort out the good from the bad. To receive the best possible solution, there are a few things… Read More »

How to Start Saving More Toward Retirement

As a general rule, Americans don’t do delayed gratification well. We live in a youth-oriented society that moves at the speed of technology without a thought for what is going to happen tomorrow. We live, work and consume, and push away thoughts about what it might be like for us when we are older. We… Read More »

What are the Rules for Discharging Income Tax Debt in Bankruptcy?

If you thought that you could not discharge income tax debt in bankruptcy, then you might be happy to be mistaken if you owe money to the IRS. You absolutely may discharge old tax debts, penalties and interest in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as long as you qualify under a few simple IRS… Read More »