You have been paying your bills late. Deciding strategically each month which bills get paid. Then it all catches up with you. Maybe you had to miss extra days of work unexpectedly or lost your job. Whatever the reason, you are no longer able to make the monthly minimums. Then the calls start. First, it is one or two calls a week. Then it is every day, multiple calls each day. You waiver between just putting your phone on silence, afraid to answer the next call, to being scared you will miss an important call regarding a job application, your loved ones, or kids’ school. You wish you could just pay off all your bills and stop the calls. However, unless you win the lottery or get the huge promotion, you know that will not happen soon. Should you change your phone number? Block every call you do not recognize? What can you do to stop the creditors from harassing you? Keep reading for the 5 best ways to get creditors to stop calling you.
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There are times during a bankruptcy proceeding where a creditor will decide to challenge the automatic stay. The purpose of challenging the automatic stay is to allow the creditor to move forward with any legal action against you for the debt that you owe them. A preliminary hearing on the request to lift the stay is held within 30 days, followed by a final hearing within 30 days after the preliminary hearing.
For many, bankruptcy is a confusing subject — and a daunting one. As with most issues involving the law, it can be hard to dig through all the legal jargon used. And when you’re feeling stressed about your finances, it can be even harder to understand the process.
The majority of clients we work with in our bankruptcy practice would be considered “consumer” debtors. Credit card debt, home equity loans, car loans, and medical bills often make up the majority of what they owe to creditors. Bankruptcy laws are written to allow consumer debtors to exempt much of the property they have acquired. The ability to retain property is often a major factor in deciding to file bankruptcy. How much property is exempt under the bankruptcy law is also one of the determining factors in deciding whether to file chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Because there is additional proof needed to show undue burden, the majority of those individuals who file bankruptcy do not file the additional adversary proceeding necessary to receive a discharge. This accounts for very low number of student loan discharges given to debtors by bankruptcy courts each year.
Before the court confirms your chapter 13 plan, you will have to pass what is commonly referred to in bankruptcy law as the “feasibility” test. This isn’t really a test, but the court will look at whether or not the information we provide in the bankruptcy forms and schedules show enough income so that you can make the proposed payments. Whether it is the monthly payments you are proposing or a lump sum payment to be paid at the end of the plan, we should be able to show that the plan can be reasonably completed with the resources we report in the schedules.
I guarantee that no one wished upon a star as a young person and thought to themselves “I want to be a real estate mogul and a famous singer and…bankrupt!” That has NEVER happened. However, even real estate moguls and famous singers have ended up bankrupt. Do the names Donald Trump or Toni Braxton ring any bells? And look at them both now – very successful again. What they have in common is that they both needed to go through the bankruptcy process in order to regain their spots at the top.
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In our previous post we discussed the bankruptcy petition, the Schedule A listing of real estate/property and the Schedule B listing of personal property. In this post we will discuss property exemptions (Schedule C). Under federal and state bankruptcy laws, there are categories and amounts of property that are exempt from the bankruptcy process. […]