Types of Debt and Bankruptcy

Types of Debt and Bankruptcy

There are two basic types of debt, secured and unsecured. Depending on the type of debt you have the most of will determine the best Chapter of bankruptcy you should file. Secured Debt Secured debt is where your loan is backed by collateral. Your home mortgage and vehicle loans are two types of secured debt.  … Read more

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The Fair Credit Billing Act

The Fair Credit Billing Act

The Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA) was added to the Truth in Lending Act to provide rights for customers that believe they have been charged in error by a credit card company. By checking your credit card billing statements, you can keep on top of any extra charges or errors in billing. Mistakes happen, and  … Read more

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Bankruptcy and Your Credit Report

Bankruptcy and Your Credit Report

Bankruptcy usually does not make your credit any worse if you are already behind in your bills. Yor late and missed payments will already be reflected on your credit report. Defaults will remain on your credit for seven years, while bankruptcy will stay on there for ten years. When you file bankruptcy, all lenders actions  … Read more

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Debt Courses in Bankruptcy

Debt Courses in Bankruptcy

In 2005 the Bankruptcy Abuse and Prevention Act was passed and along with it came changes and new rules for filing bankruptcy. Some of these changes include having to take two debtor education courses. Credit Counseling Course You must take a court-approved credit counseling course before you can proceed with any bankruptcy filing. You can  … Read more

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Means Test for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Means Test for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Before a bankruptcy case can move forward, a detailed evaluation of your finances and debt must take place. Your income, assets, and expenses will be evaluated to determine which Chapter of the bankruptcy code you should file. If you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will need to pass the means test. Passing this test  … Read more

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When Bankruptcy Can Help

When Bankruptcy Can Help

If you have already tried other alternatives to get a handle on your debt and failed bankruptcy can help. Sometimes working with creditors to reduce the fees or penalties can be effective, but if the lenders are inflexible or you are still unable to make the payments, it might be time to consider filing for  … Read more

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Fresh Start With Bankruptcy

Fresh Start With Bankruptcy

For people who are struggling with their debt, filing bankruptcy can give them a fresh financial start. If you have no hope of paying back everything you owe, you might want to consider talking to a bankruptcy attorney. Automatic Stay As soon as you file your bankruptcy paperwork, an automatic stay goes into effect. This  … Read more

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Debt Management Programs and Bankruptcy

Debt Management Programs and Bankruptcy

Credit counseling agencies have sprung up around the United States since the passing of the 2005 bankruptcy laws. This law requires debtors to receive debt counseling before their bankruptcy can be completed. While it sounds like a good idea, many agencies give biased advice so they can receive a commission from the credit card companies.  … Read more

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Reasons to File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Reasons to File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

When you are overwhelmed in debt, struggling to make ends meet, often times you consider bankruptcy. If you are to that point in your financial crisis, you may be wondering what type of personal bankruptcy will suit you best. Chapter 13 will be your best option if you have secured creditors that you have been  … Read more

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What Gets Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

What Gets Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When people find themselves in financial hardship, they wonder if bankruptcy would be a good option for them. Chapter 7, bankruptcy is considered a liquidation bankruptcy. Your trustee will evaluate your income, bills, and assets and determine if any of your nonexempt assets can be sold to satisfy your creditors. In most cases, you will  … Read more

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