Monthly Archives: June 2012

What Can I Do If I’m Behind on My Vehicle Loan?

Bankruptcy saves your vehicle from immediate repossession. Whether you choose to file under Chapter 7 or 13 depends in part on how strong of a medicine you need for dealing with the back payments.

Don’t Get Disqualified from the All-Important “Automatic Stay”

In VERY RARE circumstances, ALL of your creditors can pursue you even if you file bankruptcy. Here’s how to avoid those rare but dangerous circumstances. In my last blog I listed three special classes of debts for which you can still be pursued in spite of filing bankruptcy. They are exceptions to the automatic stay, […]

Keeping Your Wheels in Bankruptcy

Under Chapter 7, you can pay your vehicle loan mostly by getting rid of all or most of your other debts. Under Chapter 13, you can pay your vehicle loan ahead of most of your other creditors.

Creditor Collections NOT Stopped by a Bankruptcy Filing

You can’t count that filing a bankruptcy will instantaneously stop every act against you by every one of your creditors. Or can you? Isn’t one of the most important benefits of filing bankruptcy the fact that it puts a screeching halt to all collection efforts of your creditors against you and your property? Yes, and […]

Debts You Really Care About, and WANT to Pay

In bankruptcy, are you allowed to favor: 1) creditors with collateral, so that you can keep the collateral; 2) creditors toward whom you have special loyalty; and 3) creditors who have extraordinary leverage against you?

Debts from a Criminal Conviction Can’t Be Written Off in Bankruptcy, But a Bankruptcy Can Still Help

Three ways bankruptcy can help: 1) write off debts to focus on defense costs, 2) pay only the most important debts and expenses, and 3) reduce chance of related civil liability.

What IS the “S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index”?

I got curious—I’ve been hearing about this index for years without knowing what it’s actually measuring. So I dug a little and here’s what I found out. At 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the last Tuesday of every month, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services releases the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. It’s actually not a single […]

Criminal Fines, Fees and Restitution Are Never Discharged in Bankruptcy, Right?

Obligations you owe related to your conviction of a crime cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. End of story? Usually, but not absolutely.

Another Five Ways to Save Your Home through Chapter 13

In my blog last Thursday I gave you the first five of ten big ways that Chapter 13 allows you to keep your home.  Here are the other five.   6. If you need to sell your home, Chapter 13 usually gives you much more time to do so than a Chapter 7 case. More […]

Student Loans Are a Cash Cow for the Federal Government?

The federal government is making billions of dollars for itself on student loans every year. So why double the interest rate on the loans next year? To boost those profits.

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