What If I Can’t Afford a Bankruptcy Attorney?

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Filing for bankruptcy can help you get back on track financially, but it’s hard to find an affordable bankruptcy attorney. Legal advice, guidance, and preparing paperwork comes at a cost. But not everyone who files can afford a bankruptcy lawyer. While one option is to represent yourself as a “pro se” debtor (a complex process […]

Can a Bankruptcy Discharge Be Denied?

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A discharge of debt is the primary reason people file for bankruptcy. But when filing for bankruptcy, there are many pieces to a complex legal puzzle. You must be honest about every financial asset and action leading up to your filing. Any mistake in the process can result in denial of your bankruptcy discharge. Whether […]

Bankruptcy Options for the Self-Employed

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The bankruptcy process can be challenging, especially if you’re self-employed. Proof of income is one of the major factors in a bankruptcy case. When you’re not getting a paycheck from an employer, this presents unique issues; self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and independent contractors don’t always have paystubs that immediately verify their income. Self-employed workers, just […]

Will Bankruptcy Show Up on a Background Check in California?

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When an employer, lender, or landlord reviews applications for new hires, bank loans, or housing, more often than not they will conduct a thorough background check. Background checks are generally used to verify your identity, but they also reveal other vital information about your past, including criminal history, work history, education, past evictions or foreclosures, […]

The Difference Between Nondischargeable Debt & Dischargeable Debt

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While Chapter 7 bankruptcy will allow filers to erase qualifying debt, nondischargeable debts can’t be eliminated by filing for bankruptcy. Qualifying debts include past-due credit card balances, unpaid medical bills, and personal loans, amongst others. The U.S. bankruptcy code won’t forgive debts like student loans, income tax debt, or legal fines. Those are considered nondischargeable […]