What if you have to file bankruptcy again?

If you find yourself in a situation again where a bankruptcy filing is the only route to fix the financial problem, yes you can file again. Bankruptcy can be filed any number of times, but the biggest hurdle you will face is whether you will get a discharge. A Chapter 7 case cannot be filed again until 8 years have passed since the first case was filed. However, if need, a debtor can file a Chapter 13 case should he have some secured debt that needs to be taken care of. It is possible … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy – Punishment or Reward?

Bankruptcy is neither a punishment nor a reward. It is a method to smooth out a period of financial instability. Some may argue that a person who gets a discharge from his debts is getting rewarded for bad financial management, specifically a over use of credit cards. True, but it would most likely be applicable to maybe less than 1/3 of all filings. Although overextended credit may include over-use or abusive use of credit cards, it would also include purchases of homes and cars that are … [Read more...]

Is there a stigma to bankruptcy?

Many many years ago, people stigmatized those who did not pay their debts and turned to bankruptcy to solve their financial problems. This stigmatization caused people to be afraid to seek help through bankruptcy because they did not want to be labeled “deadbeats.” They also believed that filing for bankruptcy would affect their ability to seek employment because they would have been regarded as financially irresponsible. The idea that someone would file bankruptcy was just not heard of. It … [Read more...]

How is an overpayment of Unemployment Compensation handled in bankruptcy – is it dischargeable?

Over the past few years, a lot of people have been losing their jobs and in order to make ends meet, they have filed for unemployment compensation benefits. In an effort to get back to a financial normalcy, they collect their benefits each week and look for that illusive job. They make things work as best they can, but then nothing happens and the bills continue to pile up. On top of those bills piling up, a letter comes from the Department of Labor explaining that the state made a mistake … [Read more...]

What happens to my credit report?

Did you know that filing a bankruptcy case does affect one’s credit report in a negative way?  Many debtors are under the belief that by filing bankruptcy, they will never ever be able to buy a house, car or anything else because they filed bankruptcy.  While filing bankruptcy is not going to produce a positive spin on a debtor’s credit history, nothing can be further from the truth.  Clients have shared with me the fact that they have taken a 200 point hit while others only 100 points.  … [Read more...]

Filing for Bankruptcy in Georgia

You know you're in debt way over your head. You say to yourself, I can make this work if I just have a little more time. Unfortunately, time may not be on your side. If you have considered filing for bankruptcy or if you want to find out what options you have, Call me, your Atlanta bankruptcy lawyer, at 770-396-4323 or email me today for a no-cost evaluation of your case. With over twelve years experience, I can usually tell within five minutes whether (1) you should even consider … [Read more...]

Can Bankruptcy Really help?

Many times, debtors aren’t sure whether filing bankruptcy will really help their situation or hurt them. The word bankruptcy has a tinge of negativity to it. History shows that the word comes from the Latin terms bancus (a bench or table), and ruptus (broken). Additionally, Italians have been known to use the word “bancarupta”which means bench broken or bank broken quite often when a banker/tradesman could not make good on his debts. So it is understandable when people try to find other ways to … [Read more...]

What are credit card companies allowed to do when attempting to collect on your delinquent account in Georgia?

Consumers need to know that protection against unscrupulous collection practices is in place through the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The Act covers any collection activity related to a credit card, personal loan, auto loan, medical bill and even your mortgage. A creditor cannot, for example, contact a debtor about a debt owed during inconvenient times, i.e. before 8:00am and after 9:00pm. Creditors are not allowed to contact other people about a person’s debt but may inquire … [Read more...]

What about Consumer Credit Counseling? – Credit Counseling Atlanta Georgia

What about Consumer Credit Counseling? Over the past few years, a popular alternative to bankruptcy has surfaced. Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS), a nonprofit organization financed by credit card companies and other consumer finance organizations, works with you to reduce some of your debt and create a plan to pay off the rest of your debt without the intervention of the Bankruptcy Courts. If your debt is not too overwhelming and you have sufficient income, CCCS may be able to … [Read more...]