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, […]

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 […]