Bankruptcy After COVID-19, What Should You Do to Avoid Mistakes?

This is a difficult time for everyone – employer, employee, parents, and seniors.  Never decide to do something without understanding the consequences of those innocent actions. We all know it is important to plan ahead.  It cannot be more important than today.  Many of you lost your job or were furloughed, but almost everyone has […]

COVID-19 – Help for Homeowners and Renters

CORONAVIRUS ASSISTANCE INFORMATION July 11, 2019 – the following is information from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  FHFA is closely monitoring the coronavirus national emergency’s effect on the housing finance market and continues to update policies and guidance to ensure its regulated entities – Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), and the Federal Home Loan […]

If I File Bankruptcy Will I Lose My COVID-19 Stimulus Money?

When someone files for bankruptcy they can keep certain things that are “exempt”. Stay with me as I explain this process. Every state has a list of items that a creditor cannot seize.  Those items are referred to as “exempt property“.  This protection is the same for everyone in that state, even if they file […]

60 and over in the time of COVID-19? Tips to Stay Financially Healthy.

WARNINGS FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION March 30, 2020 – a reprint from article by Jennifer Leach, Association Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC. I know, 60-year-olds. You’re not old. In fact, we’ve found that, when people think “old,” they think of someone about 10 years older than they are right now. But, […]

Tax Day Deadline Moved for Filing 2019 IRS Taxes

According to the IRS: Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed. IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020 – The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

New Law to Protect Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis

Families First Coronavirus Response Act  became law March 18, 2020 Two parts of this Act that effect us today: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

Free Advice for Arizona Tenants Facing Eviction

With Hello Landlord, tenants and landlords can work together to resolve issues before eviction. When tenants stay in their homes, landlords save money and communities are more stable. In order to develop Hello Landlord, we surveyed tenants, landlords, social services, government agencies, lawyers, judges, and court staff to create Hello Landlord. We found that in […]

Debt Collectors Trick You into Bringing Old Debts Back to Life

LAWS THAT PROTECT THE BORROWER – UNTIL THEY DON’T. DEBT COLLECTORS TRICK CONSUMERS INTO BRINGING DEAD DEBTS BACK TO LIFE. There are legal protections for the consumer if a creditor does not take steps to collect a debt in a certain period of time – referred to as the statute of limitations (in Arizona, depending […]

Seniors Saddled With Student Loans

Older student loan borrowers quadrupled since 2005 According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB.gov) The number of consumers age 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled over the last decade in the United States, and the average amount they owe has also dramatically increased. In 2015, older consumers owed […]

Trump Removes Interest Rate Limits and Sacrifices the Consumer

New rule removes interest rate limits on subprime and payday lenders According to an article in Credit Slips, posted by Adam Levitin, the Trump administration has just proposed a rule that declares open season on consumers for subprime lenders. The Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have released parallel […]