What Is a Chapter 13 Hardship Discharge?

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or the wage earner’s plan, is not typically associated with a discharge of debt. Its foundation is a three- to five-year repayment plan that lets you pay out past due balances. You don’t need to surrender property while paying your debts and rebuilding your finances. But it is possible to ask for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Not to Do When Filing for Bankruptcy

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Filing for bankruptcy can be a positive experience that helps regain your financial footing. However, there are certain steps that can hurt your bankruptcy case, even if they’re in good intention or accidental. Here is what you should avoid before filing: Don’t Lie About Your Assets Always be completely honest about your assets. Your case […]