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COVID-19 Debt

COVID-19 Debt If you’re considering bankruptcy you aren’t alone. The last few months of 2020 have brought a great deal of uncertainty, most of it connected to the pandemic. COVID-19 debt is accumulating and more and more people are being affected. What are five ways the pandemic is driving people to bankruptcy? 1. Loss of […]

What is a Preferential Transfer?

Priority Transfer

Preferential Transfer When you file for bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court determines the order of payments.  This is true for both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Some debts have high priority. You pay them, in full or in part, after liquidating your assets or through your payment plan. Other debts are low-priority. You pay them […]

Credit Cards

Credit Cards and Bankruptcy One of the most common questions bankruptcy attorneys hear from clients is whether or not they can keep any of their credit cards when they file. It’s not a surprising question. After years of relying on credit cards as a security net or for the occasional splurge, the idea of giving […]

Are You Hiding Credit Card Debt from Your Spouse?

Credit card debt is common in American marriages, and also fairly common is one spouse hiding credit card debt from the other. When one person’s spending habits are drastically different than that of the other, or spending is related to behavior a person wants to hide from his or her spouse, such as an affair […]

Three Surprising Things to Know about Your Credit Score

If you are dealing with financial problems it is important you be aware of and to understand the meaning of your credit score. Your credit score is one of the most important factors affecting your financial health. Once you understand how your credit score is created and used, you can take the steps necessary to […]

Five Signs the Time Has Come to Speak to a Bankruptcy Attorney

The problem encountered by many people with financial issues is recognizing the point at which to take action. Obviously, if your financial problems are minor, you can “tighten the belt” a bit until things improve. However, there comes a point at which no more belt tightening is possible. Things are spiraling out of control and […]

Private student loans lead to bankruptcy for Florida graduates

A large number of college students around the country and in Florida rely on student loans to pay for their education. Some of those student loans come from private lenders, which can be more expensive than federal student loans. Not being able to repay private student loans has led many graduates to file for bankruptcy. […]

More credit card debt info is being put on credit reports

Florida consumers may be surprised to learn that in the last year, the three credit bureaus have starting adding payment histories to credit reports. They are doing so in an effort to give lenders a better picture of a consumer’s credit card debt. For now, this information is not affecting a person’s credit score, but […]

When it Comes to Florida Credit Card Debt, is Younger Better?

A lot of the young people nationwide and in Florida that were teenagers when the housing market and economy collapsed may now be either in college or graduating from college. Research shows that these young people may be better at dealing with credit card debt than their parents. There are different schools of thought as […]

Many in Florida fear they will never be free of credit card debt

There have been many news stories of late indicating that the economy is beginning to recover, but not everyone is feeling it. Many people are still struggling to pay off the credit card debt they incurred during the recession. When jobs were scarce or medical bills were piling up, many in Florida turned to their […]

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Bankruptcy and Eviction History

Eviction With the rate of evictions on the rise in recent months and the expectations that eviction numbers will grow,...
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What to Expect Once You’ve Decided to File Bankruptcy from Home

File Bankruptcy from Home There are a few things that happen when you file bankruptcy from home. An automatic stay...
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Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Job Search? What You Need to Know about Unemployment and Bankruptcy

Unemployment and Bankruptcy Searching for a job when you are faced with a dire financial situation is difficult. If you’ve...
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Will I Need to Go to Court If I File for Bankruptcy?

File for Bankruptcy from Home One of the most intimidating aspects of filing for bankruptcy is meeting in person with...
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COVID-19 and Debt – 5 Ways the Pandemic is Leading More People to Bankruptcy

COVID-19 Debt If you’re considering bankruptcy you aren’t alone. The last few months of 2020 have brought a great deal...
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What Happens If Someone Dies Mid-Bankruptcy? Here’s What You Need to Know about Death and Bankruptcy

Death and Bankruptcy The average person files for bankruptcy receives their debt discharge and moves on with their life. They...
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Does Filing for Bankruptcy Mean I Lose My 401k? Here’s What You Need to Know

401k and Bankruptcy The money you’ve saved in your 401k retirement savings plan is one of your biggest concerns when...
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What to Do If a Debt Remains on Your Credit Report after Bankruptcy: Why You Need to Be a Detective When It Comes to Credit Reporting Errors

Credit Reporting Errors If you’ve noticed something on your credit report that doesn’t belong there, you aren’t alone. Credit reporting...
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What Happens to the Property I Lose in Bankruptcy? Some Bankruptcy Assets Might Be Protected in Your Favor

Bankruptcy Assets One of the biggest fears people have about filing for bankruptcy is losing their possessions. Many people avoid...
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3 Bankruptcy Tips To Prevent Your Case From Going Off The Rails

Bankruptcy Tips Bankruptcy is one of the most powerful tools you have for improving your financial situation. Unfortunately, it sometimes...
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