What Not to Do When Filing for Bankruptcy

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Filing for bankruptcy can be a positive experience that helps regain your financial footing. However, there are certain steps that can hurt your bankruptcy case, even if they’re in good intention or accidental. Here is what you should avoid before filing: Don’t Lie About Your Assets Always be completely honest about your assets. Your case […]

How to Prepare for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Meeting of Creditors

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With most bankruptcy proceedings, it is an inevitability that you’ll have to meet with an attorney, a bankruptcy trustee and possibly creditors at some point in the process. When either individuals or businesses file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy the court will schedule a Creditors Meeting. Otherwise known as a 341 hearing, a Creditors Meeting is […]

Questions to Ask Your Loan Modification Lawyer

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There are all sorts of loans. Car loans, student loans, small business loans…the list goes on. But the one that individuals seek the most assistance with is a home loan. Falling behind on mortgage payments isn’t all that uncommon. Sadly, homeowners still feel a sense of shame when they default on their mortgage and tend […]

New Year. No Debt! Is Bankruptcy a Good New Year’s Resolution?

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Consumer debt surpassed $4 trillion in December 2018, according to the Federal Reserve. This includes revolving credit card debt, which now stands at over $1 trillion.1 At the end of 2018 alone, more than $41 billion in outstanding credit card balances was added. And, according to data from Experian, the average American has a credit […]

How Much Does it Cost to File Bankruptcy?

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Those that have never had a reason to consider bankruptcy as an option to combat mounting debt, most likely view it as a worst-case scenario. But if you are one of the thousands of Americans up to their necks in debt, bankruptcy is not only one of the last options, it can be a saving […]

What Is a Charge-off?

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At OakTree Law, our Los Angeles bankruptcy attorneys assist clients with various financial matters. If you think having high credit card debt or missing a credit card payment is bad, having a charge-off on your credit report is worse. A charge-off occurs when you’ve missed several months of credit card payments. The creditor has essentially […]

How to Reduce Financial Stress During the Holidays

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People experience all kinds of extra stress during the holidays. From having more to do to feeling emotional about friends and family you are unable to visit, there are numerous factors. Another stressor is the financial toll the holidays can take. Shoppers often rely on credit cards to get them through the holiday season, which […]

Litigation Strategies in Foreclosure Cases

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Once a property is in foreclosure, a homeowner’s options range from filing for bankruptcy to applying for a loan modification. There are also options when it comes to litigation. The foreclosure process is confusing and complicated to most people already facing financial hardship. Even if you apply for a loan modification, the bank may still […]

What Does the HAVEN Act Mean for Disabled Veterans and Their Families?

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The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019, or HAVEN Act, was passed on August 23, 2019. It has important implications for veterans who file for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. After all, nearly 15% of those who file for bankruptcy in the U.S. are veterans (who account for just 10% of […]

Will Filing For Bankruptcy Stop My Foreclosure?

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Facing foreclosure can be one of the more troubling life events of adulthood, but it can happen to even the most financially savvy homeowners. ATTOM Data Solutions released its 2018 Foreclosure Market Report that shows bank repossessions, defaults and foreclosure filings are down 78% since the peak of the crash in 2010. Even though U.S. […]