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, […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): CARES Act Bankruptcy Changes

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The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 25, 2020. Enacted on March 27, the legislation placed short-term restrictions on lenders and servicers of federally backed loans. It enforces mandatory forbearance obligations, moratoriums on foreclosures, and revises credit reporting obligations to help individuals and businesses facing financial hardship […]

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 […]

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 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 […]