Old Car Allowance – Atlanta Bankruptcy Lawyers

I was conducting some research on expenses allowed and not allowed with regard to the Chapter 7 means testing provision of the U.S. Bankruptcy code and found some interesting information. In a case out of the Southern District of Florida, In re Koch, 408 B.R. 539 (Bankr. S.D.Fla. 2009), which is a precursor case to Ransom v. FIA Card Services, the court held in part that ownership expenses on vehicles that have no lease or loan payment obligation associated with it will not be allowed. With … [Read more...]

Annuities and bankruptcy filings in Georgia

Annuities and bankruptcy When a bankruptcy case is filed, one of the questions asked is how does the debtor earn his or her income? When you have a younger, working age debtor, that answer most likely will be that he or she has a job. However, when dealing with older, retired debtors, they may not earn income but receive income from investments. One way might be an annuity that provides a certain amount of funds every month. The question then is whether this annuity income may be claimed as … [Read more...]

If I file a bankruptcy is my credit ruined forever?

If I file bankruptcy, is my credit ruined forever? Short answer - no. The Fair Debt Reporting Act controls how your credit history is treated and reported. The maximum time any information regarding a debt stays on your report is 10 years. The filing of a Chapter 7 case will be reported on your credit history and will stay there for 10 years. If you file a Chapter 13 case, that information stays for 7 years. If you have negative information such as late payments, that also stays … [Read more...]

How to Hire a Bankruptcy Attorney in Atlanta

1. Don’t choose a bankruptcy lawyer based on cost alone. The expense of hiring a lawyer to assist you with your case can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. Bankruptcy is not one of the major areas of practice for attorneys. It is a specialized area just like criminal law or  medical malpractice. Make sure you choose an attorney who has, as they say, been around the block a few times. 2. When looking for a bankruptcy lawyer, try to choose one who has been practicing … [Read more...]

Basic Bankruptcy Questions and Answers – Bankruptcy Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

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Will I lose everything if I file for Bankruptcy? The thought of losing your possessions because you are filing a bankruptcy case scares many people. Many also have private 401(k) accounts, government retirement accounts and personal private pensions or other investments that they think will get seized and used to pay creditors. The idea that this money may be lost is a real concern of clients. There is good news though, when you file a bankruptcy case, the courts allow you to exempt some of … [Read more...]