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How Coronavirus Is Impacting Your Bankruptcy Case

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Coronavirus is affecting every aspect of daily life including federal, state, and local governments. The courts have had to adjust their rules in light of the pandemic. We have put together this FAQ to help our clients navigate the new bankruptcy rules. This is not legal advice but guidelines. ARE THE BANKRUPTCY COURTS STILL OPEN? […]

Your Bankruptcy Roadmap to Navigate Tough Times

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Bankruptcy is an option during tough times. If you’re deep in debt due a loss of employment, emergency repairs, or a divorce, you can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to receive a discharge of debts, if approved by the court. With a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, some debt may be discharged while you’ll receive help […]

Does Bankruptcy Clear My Tax Debt?

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Bankruptcy can provide you with a way out of tax debt. But when it comes to the IRS, being cleared of unpaid tax debt is more complicated than a court-approved discharge of, for example, credit card debt. Filing for bankruptcy can reduce or eliminate federal and state tax debt, as well as back taxes owed […]

Franchise Bankruptcy

Franchise Bankruptcy and Chapter 11 Chapter 11 bankruptcy is available to businesses, as it is for high net worth individuals. Franchise bankruptcy involves the reorganization of debts, but a franchisee must obtain permission from the court to “assume” their franchise—or continue to do business. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court sees franchise agreements as executory contracts, in […]

By Doing Nothing, Does a Creditor Violate the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy?

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Under Section 362 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, an automatic stay prevents creditors from collecting debts from a debtor. An automatic stay halts all actions, including repossessions, foreclosures, and phone calls, and is enforced by the bankruptcy court. Once collection actions are halted by the court, whether a creditor does nothing and still violates the […]

Will My Personal Bankruptcy Become Public?

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When you file for personal bankruptcy, it is considered “public record” in your home state. Information about it can be accessed through a court or other government entity without any formal authorization. In fact, all court proceedings are matters of public record unless a judge orders otherwise; bankruptcy records are rarely sealed unless you can […]

How to Avoid Bankruptcy Fraud in Los Angeles

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Bankruptcy fraud is no laughing matter. Bankruptcies are overseen by The United States Trustee Program which is an arm of the Department of Justice, so you’re essentially dealing with a government agency and they don’t take these transactions lightly.  Seeing as bankruptcy is a tool used in dire financial situations to forgive or restructure debts […]

Top 9 Questions Couples & Partners Ask About Bankruptcy

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The decision to file for bankruptcy is never an easy one. For married couples and those thinking about marrying their loved one, filing for bankruptcy can be even more complicated. Debt collection, foreclosure, and wage garnishment become not only personal problems, but your partner’s as well. To reduce the stress, here are answers to common […]

Supreme Court Clarifies Finality in Bankruptcy Proceedings

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The issue of finality has been open to interpretation in bankruptcy cases. This means that what constitutes a final order in the context of a bankruptcy can be seen in different ways. This is important in knowing whether you can appeal a court ruling. The Supreme Court of the United States recently made an important […]

How Debt Affects Mental and Physical Health

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Studies have shown debt has a negative impact on mental and physical health. The health effects of financial distress are the same whether you live in poverty or earn a high income and reside in an upscale neighborhood. And, when you fall into financial distress, your employer is unlikely to provide more than a slight […]