Can Any and All Debts Be Dischargeable in a Bankruptcy Case?

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When debts are discharged in a bankruptcy case, the debtor is freed of any legal obligation to pay them. Creditors can no longer take any collection action, communicate with the debtor, or pursue legal action. Your Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney will inform you of which debts are dischargeable. Whether your debt is dischargeable depends on […]

What Is an Automatic Stay?

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An automatic stay is a simple one-page document. Once you file for bankruptcy, your Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney sends this document to creditors, notifying them of your situation. It legally prohibits them from taking various actions. Although creditors can motion to remove or modify an automatic stay, violating it can lead to sanctions by the […]

How to File Bankruptcy?

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If you’re facing an overwhelming amount of debt, bankruptcy provides a legal solution to your problems. It’s essentially a way to start over. Depending on the type of bankruptcy you file, you your debts may be discharged (meaning your legal obligation to pay them is eliminated) or an affordable three- to five-year payment plan can […]

Does Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Retirement?

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The Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) protects qualifying private company pensions. In 2005, Congress overhauled bankruptcy laws so that now almost all ERISA-qualified retirement accounts and pension funds cannot be accessed by creditors. However, there are exceptions, and state exemptions may apply to your property, so it’s important to consult a Los […]

Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Job?

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Federal law prohibits any employer from firing someone because they filed for bankruptcy. Under Section 525 of the bankruptcy code, termination, discrimination, or denial of employment due to bankruptcy is forbidden. This includes both government and private employers. However, as any Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney knows, an employer can fire you for lying, breaking workplace […]

How to Get Rid of Second Mortgage Debt

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Depending on your financial situation, making monthly payments on a second mortgage can be stressful. There are several ways to relieve some of your debt and free up some cash. If your second mortgage debt is an issue, your options include to: Pay more than the required monthly payment, especially if it has a higher […]

Weighing the Risks of Online Loans

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When someone needs money quickly, an online loan seems like a simple and fast solution. Unfortunately, it comes with tremendous risk. If you are considering taking out an online loan, don’t let the ease of the process lure you in. Here are some of the risks you need to be aware of from online loans. […]

Can You File Bankruptcy If You Are Unemployed In California?

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If you are unemployed and are considering filing for bankruptcy in California, there are considerations that can determine if your bankruptcy filing is successful, or not. Being unemployed means your funds are limited, and filing bankruptcy seems like a sound financial move. But, because some courts may consider unemployment compensation as income, instead of being […]