Understanding Involuntary Bankruptcy

Most people file for bankruptcy of their own volition. They realize that their income and necessary expenses leave them with little leftover to tackle huge credit card or medical bills and want to start over. In a minority of cases, however, debtors visit a bankruptcy attorney because the decision was made for them: a creditor filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against them. Involuntary Bankruptcy Read More

5 Things Bankruptcy Cannot Do

When you’re overwhelmed by bills you can’t pay, bankruptcy can give you a fresh start by eliminating most debt (Chapter 7) or condensing it into an affordable repayment plan (Chapter 13). Once you receive your discharge, you’re free to start over. Before you file, it is important to examine what types of debt you owe, as some obligations are not dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Others could theoretically Read More

Should You File for Bankruptcy If You’re on Social Security?

You’re getting nonstop calls and letters from creditors, making you afraid to answer your phone or check the mail. No matter how much they cajole or demand, you can’t pay these debts because your only income is from Social Security. What can you do? Many people in your situation would do nothing if they don’t have assets that a creditor can seize. Social Security income generally can’t be garnished, so no matter Read More

4 Lawsuits That Don’t Go Away Even If You File for Bankruptcy

Many people see bankruptcy as an opportunity to escape the consequences of a lawsuit. It’s not a misguided belief: if your credit card issuer or utility company is suing you to collect an unpaid balance, the automatic stay stops all further collection activities. However, filing for bankruptcy won’t stop every legal action that you are involved in. Below is an overview of four lawsuits that won’t go away even after Read More

The Pros and Cons of Joint Bankruptcy

If you and your spouse are struggling with debt, you have the option of filing individual or joint bankruptcy petitions. While many couples opt to file jointly, especially when they hold joint accounts or cosigned on debts for one another, doing so has pros and cons that need to be taken into account before reaching a decision. Pros of Joint Bankruptcy The advantages of filing for bankruptcy with your spouse Read More

Will Bankruptcy Affect Future Employment?

When people prepare to file for bankruptcy, their initial concern is how insolvency will affect their credit. Their next concern is how it can affect their future employment. It’s safe to say that in most cases, filing for bankruptcy will not affect your current job at all. Your employer may not even learn about it unless your wages were being garnished (in which case they will be notified that the garnishment Read More

A Brief Overview of Your Debt Relief Options

When you’re struggling with debt, it affects more than your financial well-being. Falling behind on your monthly obligations and dealing with creditor calls can also have a detrimental effect on your physical, mental, and emotional health, which is why it’s important to understand your debt relief options. Below is an overview of different options that may be available to you, depending on your circumstances. Read More

Unexpected Hardship: An Introduction to Emergency Bankruptcy

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay prevents most creditors from continuing to collect from you. The filing process, however, takes time. You meet with an attorney, complete several forms, and pay the retainer and filing fee. What can you do when one of the following collection actions is suddenly imposed on you? Wage garnishment Foreclosure Repossession Collection lawsuit To stop these Read More

Understanding the Role of the Bankruptcy Trustee in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When you file for Chapter 7 in Oklahoma, the court will appoint a trustee to manage and administer your case. This position comes with a fiduciary obligation to protect your rights and the interests of your creditors. Although your trustee plays a central role in your bankruptcy, the first and possibly the only time that you will meet them is when you appear at the meeting of creditors. If you have a no-asset Read More

Bankruptcy 101: The Proof of Claim

When you file for Chapter 7, 12, or 13 bankruptcy, your creditors must file a proof of claim before they can be paid from the bankruptcy estate. Some debts, like child support arrears and an income tax balance, are treated as priority obligations and paid first, which in some cases can leave other claimants with nothing. Secured creditors, such as automobile finance companies or mortgage lenders, must file a claim in Read More

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