Disabled Vet’s Federal Student Loans To be Forgiven

May, 2018 – Over the next few months the Department of Education will be sending letters to totally and permanently disabled veterans that they are eligible to have their student loans forgiven.  These loans will be  federal student loans or aid from the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant program. 

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 […]

Some Defenses to Private Student Loan Collections

Student Loan Debt Rises to $1.5 TRILLION in May, 2018 There are two types of student loans – federal and private.  Federal loans have some protections for the lenders that private student loans do not.  Every month lawsuits are filed by the thousands, many that are invalid, but if the borrower does not respond the […]

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 […]

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. 

You Sue & Win, but Pay More in Taxes Than $$ Received. Thanks New Tax Law

I have been around enough not to be overly surprised by lack of common sense from Congress and our President, but the latest revelation makes my stomach hurt. What Now?? With the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) it is just coming to light that a person injured and later successful in suing must […]

Disabled Can Now Avoid Taxes When Student Loans Forgiven

Forgiveness of Student Loans: The Good News in the 2018 Tax Law: After January 1, 2018 borrowers whose student loans are forgiven due to “total and permanent disability” no longer have to pay federal income taxes on those forgiven loans. 

Student Loan Debt Mounting Daily

I make over $150K annually and I need to file bankruptcy Query from a new doctor: I am a newly graduated medical professional and single mom. In the past six months I have earned more than 80K. I think this disqualifies me from Chapter 7. Even though I make six figures, I have A TON […]

Very Pissed Off Judge Slams Bank of America

One Very Pissed Off Judge Continues to Slam Bank of America In re Sundquist v. Bank of America, Case No. 10-35624 (Bankruptcy court, E.D. CA. 1/18/18) Bank of America, with a gun to the Sundquists’ heads… This motion to dismiss began as a hostage standoff. Bank of America, with a gun to the Sundquists’ heads, […]

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 […]