Consumer and small business bankruptcy issues. Deals with before, during and after bankruptcy.

Dramatic Increase in Elderly Filing Bankruptcy

The number of elderly filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991. As a study, from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, explains, elderly people whose finances are precarious have few places to turn. “When the costs of aging are off-loaded onto a population that simply does not have access to adequate resources, something has […]

THE PERILS OF BANKRUPTCY FILING BY AN UNDOCUMENTED PERSON

By Richard J. Parker: Shareholder in Parker, Butte, & Lane, P.C. (reprinted with permission of the author, December, 2017) Immigration status is a complex legal issue for anyone not born in the USA. While some people born overseas are still U.S. citizens at birth, there are some hoops to jump through that do not exist […]

Prison Sentence For Filing Several Bankruptcies (to Stop a Foreclosure)

Multiple Bankruptcies Can Result in a Conviction for Bankruptcy Fraud Many people do not understand the consequences of filing multiple bankruptcies.  It is very important to know that every bankruptcy filed (even if the process is not completed) will stay on the credit for ten years. Filing bankruptcy will stay on your public record forever. Also, […]

Will I Lose My Home If I File Bankruptcy?

Many callers ask the same question “will I lose my home if I file for bankruptcy?” Over the last 30+ years of helping people file for bankruptcy protection the most concern by homeowners is if they will lose their home.  My answer – “it depends”.  Do you want to keep your home?  If so, then […]

New Help for Homeowners, Heirs or Spouses

New Help for Homeowners, Heirs or Spouses Two important sets of CFPB amendments to its RESPA and TILA mortgage servicing rules go into effect April 19, 2018. These amendments expand the rights of those inheriting homes, awarded a home in divorce, or otherwise succeeding in interest to a mortgage loan. The rules also offer an […]

Chapter 13 Rules in Arizona Change December 1, 2017

Arizona adopted a chapter 13 model plan – effective for all cases filed or converted after December 1, 2017 Local Rules 2084 Chapter 13 Model Plan According to the Arizona Bankruptcy Court the failure rate of those who file their own chapter 13 cases (without an experienced chapter 13 attorney) is over 98%.

Can I Buy a Home After Bankruptcy?

How long after bankruptcy do I have to wait before buying a home? Anyone who either filed for bankruptcy or is considering it has asked “how long before I can buy a new home”?  Attached is a spreadsheet which purports to detail the answer to this question. 

The Only 3 Times Filing Bankruptcy Is Worth It

The Only 3 Times Filing Bankruptcy Is Worth It By Cathy Moran  (Summary from Ms. Moran’s blog, link below to full blog post)  Ms. Moran is a tireless champion for the education and protection of the consumer. “Facing financial trouble, there are only three times when it makes sense to file bankruptcy.  None of them […]

“Life in the Sweatbox” for Students:

Life in the Sweatbox (reprinted from Credit Slips) Pamela Foohey, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Robert M. Lawless, University of Illinois College of Law Katherine M. Porter,  University of California – Irvine School of Law Deborah Thorne,  University of Idaho Date Written: February 20, 2018  94 Notre Dame Law Review __ (forthcoming 2018) Abstract The time before a […]

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Filing Bankruptcy

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Filing Bankruptcy Bankruptcy is a tool.  Any tool can be misused which can cause serious damage.  Just ask the idiot who sticks a fork in a live electrical socket.