Category Archives: Bankruptcy Help

Can you keep all of your stuff in bankruptcy?

You want to know: “Can I really keep everything I own if I file bankruptcy?”

An old debt isn’t on my credit report – do I still owe it?

What does it mean when an old debt is not on your credit report? So, you just checked your credit report and you couldn’t find an old debt you know that you owed. Or, a debt collector just contacted you about an old student loan they say you still owe, but you checked your credit [...]

Bankruptcy helps avoid tax due on forgiven debt

When could you have to pay taxes on money that you owe? When someone, like a credit card company, forgives the amount that you owe. The IRS calls this “canceled debt” or “forgiveness of debt income” and it’s something that you need to watch out for if you owe money that you aren’t paying back.
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In debt? You’re not alone

A new study shows that a whopping 77 million Americans has debt that’s listed on their credit report as being “in collections.”  That’s 35% of adults who have credit files.  And this debt is spread around all over the country, even though a higher percentage of it is in the South. The student was released [...]

Are you eligible for Ch. 7 or Ch. 13 bankruptcy?

Eligibility can turn on 1) who is filing the bankruptcy, 2) the kinds and amounts of debts, 3) the amount of income, and 4) the amount of expenses.

Lots of business debt can allow you to qualify for Ch. 7 more easily

If you owe more business debt than consumer debt, then you can avoid not only the “means test” but also some other roadblocks to a successful post-business Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.

What happens to general unsecured debt in Chapter 7?

Your “left-over debts”–those which are neither secured by collateral nor belong to any of the special “priority” categories–often don’t drive the decision about whether to file Chapter 7 or 13. But you still need to know how these “general unsecured debts” are handled under these two options.

Options with Your Vehicle Loan under Chapter 7

Your car or truck loan may be the most important debt you have. Chapter 7 puts you in the driver seat for dealing with this debt.

Capital One making it easier for debtors to open bank accounts

Capital One bank soon will be making it easier for those with bad credit to open checking and savings accounts, under the terms of a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Previously, Capital One would use a credit reporting agency called Chexsystems to screen out bank account applicants who had bad credit.  Now Capital [...]

Film Review of Spent: Looking For Change

A recent documentary available on YouTube highlights the high cost of being poor.  Spent: Looking For Change, a film sponsored by American Express, explores the financial lives of people who lack access to banks or who have bad credit or no credit.  Here is a basic summary of the important topics covered:
According to the film, [...]