How to Prepare for the Next Recession

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic, economists were warning of a possible recession in 2020. Trade issues with China, economic declines in other regions, flat global industrial production, and increasing personal debt are just some factors that have been stressing the U.S. economy. The longest economic expansion in history appears to have ended, with 10 million […]

Protecting Your Credit During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Health and safety are top concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, but aside from COVID-19, economic and financial issues are also taking center stage. Financial hardship is impacting millions of Americans. Protecting your credit is important for your financial future. Missing payments will lower your credit score, which can affect your eligibility for a new credit […]

Bankruptcy 101: Learn The Basics

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If you’ve fallen on hard financial times, bankruptcy can help set you on the right course. You can receive a discharge of debts with Chapter 7 bankruptcy or discharge some debt and create a repayment plan with Chapter 13 bankruptcy. However, there are many considerations and steps to navigate. These bankruptcy basics are intended to […]

Coronavirus Impacts on Loan Modification

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things, including how financial institutions view loan modification. With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), institutions won’t be directed to classify loan modifications as trouble debt restructurings (TDRs). Financial institutions have been encouraged to work with borrowers impacted by COVID-19, as confirmed […]

Coronavirus Mortgage Relief in California

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As novel coronavirus has spread across the globe, COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life. The U.S. Department of Labor reported nearly 3.3 million people filed for unemployment in the week ending March 21, the highest ever recorded.1 In California, 1 million people filed for unemployment in two weeks.2 The virus is not only overwhelming […]

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 […]

Does Bankruptcy Clear My Tax Debt?

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Bankruptcy can provide you with a way out of tax debt. But when it comes to the IRS, being cleared of unpaid tax debt is more complicated than a court-approved discharge of, for example, credit card debt. Filing for bankruptcy can reduce or eliminate federal and state tax debt, as well as back taxes owed […]

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 […]