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Frequently Asked Questions about Bankruptcy

Posted on October 9, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: |

Frequently Asked Questions about Bankruptcy

Q: Why do so many folks file bankruptcy?

A: Americans generally have overextended themselves by using too much easily accessible credit to finance overspending, combined with lack of savings. With no financial safety net, sudden crises such as medical emergencies, job losses or failed businesses, death or disability of spouses, or divorce can result in insurmountable debt.

Q: What alternative courses of action are there to filing bankruptcy when facing overwhelming debt?

A: Short of bankruptcy, a debtor may enter into mediation with creditors or negotiate workout agreements to extend due dates, lower interest rates, partially forgive debt, or alter other terms. These options can be risky  as the debt you don’t pay back could be sold to a debt buyer  who could come after you later.

To help sort your way through the complicated maze of  bankruptcy, you need the assistance of knowledgeable legal advocates, with years of experience and demonstrated trustworthiness.

If you are facing financial problems, an experienced bankruptcy lawyer can explain bankruptcy options that can help you to get a fresh start on life and a return to financial stability. At the Glasgow, Kentucky, law office of bankruptcy attorney John Rogers, we have a thorough understanding of the realities faced by people entering into Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. It is our goal to help our clients find realistic solutions to their financial problems.

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Credit Scores and Bankruptcy

Posted on October 3, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , , |

A question we often get in the office is what effect filing bankruptcy has on our credit score. As this chart, based on data from the New York Federal Reserve shows, credit scores do improve after the filing of any type of bankruptcy.

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(For more details on credit scores and bankruptcy, the chart above is included in this blog post. )

If you think bankruptcy is an option for you, give us a call today. The first meeting is free and there is no obligation.

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Independent Information on Filing Bankruptcy … What You Need to Know

Posted on September 19, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: , , |

The well respected National  Consumer Law Center has published an excellent article for the public entitled “Deciding Whether to File for Bankruptcy”.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Federal law provides the right to file bankruptcy for people with debt problems. This article explains how bankruptcy can help you and when it may be the wrong solution for you. It also describes the difference between chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, lets you know the best time to file for bankruptcy, and sets out what a bankruptcy will cost. Importantly, the article corrects common misconceptions about bankruptcy.”

I would highly recommend that if you are considering filing for bankruptcy, or even if you are just thinking about your  debts, that you read this article.

Finding information about filing bankruptcy from someone  other than a bankruptcy attorney or law firm can be difficult. This article provides the information.

If, after reading the article, you think we can help,  give us a call and  we will schedule  you a free,  no obligation appointment to discuss your  options.

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Helping Folks is What We Do

Posted on September 13, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: , , |

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If you are having difficulty paying the bills at your home or business, we may be able to help.

We are a small law firm that prides itself in providing one on one personal service to folks that may be considering bankruptcy or other ways to help with their financial situation.

We care about helping and would consider it an honor to talk with you about your debt and finances. We know bills are not an easy thing to discuss.

Our first meeting is free and there is no obligation.

You can email us at johnrogers@glasgow-ky.com or call toll free at 1-888-651-9353.

We look forward to talking with you.

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How soon would I be eligible for a mortgage after bankruptcy ?

Posted on July 17, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Reorganization of Debts | Tags: , |

This question is often asked and really is hard to determine, as it really depends on which mortgage company you are dealing with and how they look at your bankruptcy, whether it be a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

In an article published by HSH.com , Julie Flatland, vice president of credit in the mortgage lending division of Carrington Mortgage Services in Santa Ana, California, is interviewed and provides some insight into this question that is often asked of bankruptcy attorneys by their clients, but never really answered.

Ms. Flatland provides some distinctions between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and how they can have different effects on the ability to be eligible for a mortgage after bankruptcy. She also provides four guidelines, or steps, to follow to improve your chances for qualifying for a mortgage.

All in all, her article confirms what I have generally always told my clients, and that is that obtaining mortgages and other debt after bankruptcy is usually possible, but is always dependent on your financial activities after bankruptcy and also which creditor is considering you for credit. As a general rule, our experience has been that bankruptcy does not totally destroy your ability to get credit in the future.

Click here to read the full article by hsh.com

If you have questions about bankruptcy, give us a call. The first appointment with us is free and there is no obligation. We might be able to help.

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Bankruptcy is Forgiveness of Debt: A Principle as Old as the Bible

Posted on June 12, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , |

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“At the end of every seventh year you are to cancel the debts of those who owe you money. This is how it is to be done. Everyone who has lent money is to cancel the debt; he must not try to collect the money: the Lord himself has declared the debt canceled.”
-Deuteronomy 15:1-3

If you think bankruptcy can help you,  give us a call today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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We are here to help !

Posted on May 25, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: , , , |

 

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Here at Kentucky  Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers,  we are a consumer bankruptcy law firm helping persons and businesses with their financial situation.  If you believe we can be of assistance to you, please contact us today at johnrogers@glasgow-ky.com  or toll-free at 1-888-651-9353 and put our experience to work for you.  We offer a free first meeting with no obligation.

We are located in Glasgow, Kentucky at 111 West Wayne Street, one block off of the Square in Glasgow.  Glasgow is conveniently located on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, for those traveling from west or east of Glasgow

We are Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification… one of the few attorneys in Kentucky so certified www.abcworld.org

We are an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, serving as Kentucky State Chair of this organization. www.nacba.com

We are also have been designated a debt relief agency by Congress and the United States Supreme Court and we provide legal assistance to consumers seeking relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Also, be sure to check out our other website adress of www.bankruptcy.ky for more information on filing bankruptcy and Kentucky Bankruptcy  Attorney John Rogers.

 

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Kentucky Consumer Alert !!!

Posted on May 25, 2018. Filed under: Consumer Alerts | Tags: |

Federal Medicare will soon be mailing out new cards to Kentucky  recipients that will no longer have the social security number but will be replaced by a 14 digit I.D. number.  Be on the lookout for your new card.

The Kentucky Attorney General is reporting in a press release that scammers may be taking advantage of this change and calling consumers and requesting personal information over the phone.

The Attorney General says in the press release about  this scam that Medicare will never call and request this information,  so if you receive such a call, hang up and report it to law enforcement.

You can read the full press release at this link: Kentucky Attorney General Press Release

 

 

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Are your bills a burden ?

Posted on May 17, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: , , , |

If you are looking at your debt today and feel that it is a burden to your life, give us a call here at Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers and we will be happy to schedule you a free, no obligation appointment to meet with you and discuss your options for resolving these issues. You are not alone. We are here to help and are ready to put our many years of experience to work for you. Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. Give us a call today at 1-888-651-9353 or email us at johnrogers@glasgow-ky.com

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How does Chapter 13 work? Who can file a Chapter 13 case?

Posted on May 3, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: |

Debtors in Chapter 13 keep all of their property, whether or not it is exempt, but they make regular payments on their debts out of the money that they earn after filing the bankruptcy case. These payments must be at least as much as would have been paid to creditors in a Chapter 7 case. The payments are made to a trustee, who distributes the payments to the creditors. The payments are made in regular installments, according to a plan that the debtor draws up (usually with the help of an attorney). The plans last either until the debts are paid in full or until the end of a three to five year period. The debtor receives a discharge at the end of the plan. Before filing Chapter 13, debtors are required to complete a credit counseling session with an approved counseling agency.

A Chapter 13 case can be filed by most consumer debtors. There are two principal requirements: First, the debtor must have regular income, although this need not be from a job—regular benefit payments or rental income would qualify. Second, the debtor must not have excessive debt. Chapter 13 is available only to debtors who DO NOT owe more than a certain amount in secured debt (like home mortgages and auto loans), and no more than a certain amount in unsecured debt (like most credit card and medical debt). Your attorney can review these amounts with you.

We are available to discuss your bankruptcy  options at any time. Maybe Chapter 13 is the best for you, maybe Chapter 7.  The first discussion with us in the office is free and there is no obligation. Call Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers today.

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