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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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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Facebook and Bankruptcy

Posted on April 18, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , |

In order to provide as much information to folks in as many formats as possible, we have two Facebook pages that offer this outreach and we also offer occasional  posts on those pages with information about consumer finance issues and other financial topics of interest. You may want to check out these pages:

John Rogers, Attorney at Law

Rogers Law Consumer Help Center

We are solely determined to offer the finest in advice and representation to folks who may need to consider bankruptcy for help. With almost 30 years of experience in this area, we strive to assist folks with their options at the lowest cost available.

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Bankruptcy and What You Own and Want to Keep

Posted on March 6, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts | Tags: , |

 

If you decide that filing for bankruptcy protection is in your best interest, you want to keep as much of your property as you can, while at the same time obtaining relief from your debts.  Without an experienced bankruptcy lawyer guiding you through the bankruptcy process, your property and the discharge of your debts may be at risk.  Our firm believes that the best way to represent you is to personally know you, your situation, and your reason for considering bankruptcy.

 

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Will you get to keep your tax refund money if you file bankruptcy ?

Posted on February 28, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, taxes | Tags: , |

It is the time of year for tax refunds. We have questions from folks as to whether they can file Chapter 7 bankruptcy before filing taxes and still keep their tax refunds coming to them after they file bankruptcy or whether they can keep a tax refund received right before filing bankruptcy.

The answer is that they generally can keep their refunds, depending, of course, on how large the refund is. The general bankruptcy exemptions available under the federal bankruptcy exemptions (which we can use in Kentucky) are usually large enough to protect most tax refunds from being lost to the trustee. You can also use your tax refund to pay the fees and costs for the bankruptcy.

Also, if you are thinking about filing bankruptcy, and are going to use your tax refund to pay off a debt to a family member or creditor prior to filing bankruptcy, you should consult with a bankruptcy attorney before doing that. There are provisions in the bankruptcy law which may allow the trustee to take that money back from the family member or creditor should you then file bankruptcy after paying them. Alternatively, if you just keep the refund and don’t pay any of it to anyone, then the refund may be able to be protected with the exemptions as outlined above, and as we said above, used to pay the fees and costs for the bankruptcy.

Your circumstances may be unique, so always discuss your options with a bankruptcy attorney before you do anything with your tax refund money, if possible.

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Letting A Home Go Back in Bankruptcy

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

We have found in our office that surrendering a home is one of the hardest things for clients to consider doing.  We all get emotionally attached to our home, often because that is where our children were raised or it is family property.  It is very difficult to consider letting your home go back, but it is often the economically sound thing to do for your future.

We would also add that in our area of Kentucky, we have many folks that have financed a manufactured or mobile home and land together and owe much more than the manufactured or mobile home is worth, even factoring in the value of the land.  Manufactured or mobile homes most often depreciate in value, thus never allowing folks to build up equity in them.  In these cases, surrendering the manufactured or mobile home is often the wisest thing to do.

A home can be surrendered to the bank or mortgage holder in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and the debt owing on the home is then discharged, or eliminated.

Finally, often  a Chapter 13 Bankuptcy can be used to save a home where the debt on the home is behind, should you choose to.

To look  at your options in regards to your home debt, contact an  experienced bankruptcy attorney.

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Credit Counseling, Debt Consolidation or Bankruptcy ?

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

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Are you considering debt relief through a consumer credit counseling  or debt consolidation service ?  You may be surprised to learn that they can do more harm than good to your credit.  Many times, bankruptcy is a better option, and we will be happy to sit down with you and thoroughly discuss your personal financial situation in order to help you decide what is the best solution your financial problems.  In analyzing your particular situation, we always consider if there is an alternative to filing bankruptcy.  The decision to file bankruptcy is a difficult choice for many people to make.  A bankruptcy will have an effect, in some fashion, on your future credit.  Bankruptcy, though,  does not totally destroy your ability to get credit in the future.  The decision to file bankruptcy must be carefully made in consultation with an attorney. Contact us at Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers at johnrogers@glasgow-ky.com or 270-651-7777.

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Your Tax Refund and Bankruptcy: What to Know

Posted on January 24, 2018. Filed under: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Consumer Alerts, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney | Tags: , , , |

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Tax refund time is here.  We have questions from folks as to whether they can file Chapter 7 bankruptcy before or after filing taxes and still keep their tax refunds.

The answer is that they generally can keep their refunds, depending, of course, on how large the refund is. The general bankruptcy exemptions available under the federal bankruptcy exemptions (which can be used in Kentucky) are usually large enough to protect most tax refunds from being lost to the trustee. You can also use your tax refund to pay the fees and costs for the bankruptcy.

Also, if you are thinking about filing bankruptcy, and are going to use your tax refund to pay off a debt to a family member or creditor prior to filing bankruptcy, you should consult with a bankruptcy attorney before doing that. There are provisions in the bankruptcy law which may allow the trustee to take that money back from the family member or creditor should you then file bankruptcy after paying them. Alternatively, if you just keep the refund and don’t pay any of it to anyone, then the refund may be able to be protected with the exemptions as outlined above.

Your circumstances may be unique, so always discuss your options with a bankruptcy attorney before you do anything with your tax refund money.

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Client Reviews of Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers

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

At Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney John Rogers, we are proud of the customer service we provide our clients and are happy to share their reviews of our service:

” You have an excellent reputation in the local area. You are organized, professional and really know how to put a client at ease during a hard time in their life.  After seeing how unorganized some other attorneys were at court, I was thankful I had your office helping me and not someone else. Thank you all so much.” – Carol

“Any questions I had I could always talk to someone directly.  I would recommend your office to other people. ”

– Jeff

“All questions were answered in a manner that we could understand.  We were never rushed and everyone we worked with was always kind and polite.” – Joe

“(another attorney) said that John Rogers was the only one he knew who could sort out my difficult situation and that he himself could not help me. Thank you for being there for me.  You were my friends when I have been at my lowest. You helped me and encouraged me. God bless all of you. I am so thankful for you all.” – DKC

“Someone was always able to answer my questions. I felt like everyone there actually cared about helping me with my situation and wasn’t just after collecting my money. ” -Julie

“I will definitely recommend this office simply for the professionalism and understanding.”  -Melissa

“The staff was very easy to talk to, as was Mr. Rogers, and very knowledgeable. We felt very comfortable.”  -Brent

“It was a relief to us to have someone like you to represent us. You were very professional, extremely well organized and obviously experienced in cases like ours.”  -Kathleen

“Always willing to listen and answer my questions. All of the staff, as well as Mr. Rogers, went beyond the call of duty.” – Diana

“During my meetings, I didn’t feel like I was looked down on. Mr. Rogers was so nice.” -Annette

“Everybody was always so friendly and willing to help me in any way. I would just like to thank John for walking me through this whole process. Everything he told me was correct. ” -Anna

“Everyone was very helpful. No matter how many times I called or how many questions I had.” -Danny

“John Rogers was very polite and accurate in his job and very fast in getting the job done. He is a very good attorney” – Carolyn

“Made us feel like it was okay to go this route and didn’t make us feel ashamed or foolish.” -Victor

“I would recommend people to your office if they were looking for a good attorney. ” – Susan

“Prayer helped us choose your firm. We saw your ad and felt very comfortable with you. ” – Mike

“We didn’t think anyone could be as great…” -Wayne

“All the staff was friendly and helpful. I never felt judged or ashamed for my situation. Everything went smoothly and as expected.” “Every time I called with a question or concern, whoever answered the phone was always helpful and knowledgeable of who I was and what I needed to know. Any messages I left were returned quickly.” -Mike

“All friendly and helpful with any and all questions that I had during a stressful period in my life” -Kimberly

“Very kind and understanding of our problem” -Brian and Teresa

“Payment plan and the cost was good. We will tell everyone we know about him” -C

“From my very first visit, Mr. Rogers made me feel better about myself and what I had to do. All the staff and Mr. Rogers were the best.” -Annette

“The staff was very friendly and easy to talk to. John Rogers was also very friendly and easy to talk to.” -Julie

“Thank You for all you have done. I feel much better than I have since my husband’s passing. The stress has lifted immensely. ” -Vivian

“Always there when we needed you and it didn’t take long to wait for things to get done.” -Gene and Gloria

“Thanks for helping when no one else would !” -Shelia

“I thank God for all of you. Thank you for being so good to me. Keep God in your services.” -Geneva

“You all made me feel comfortable going through this Bankruptcy. Not at anytime did you make me feel belittled getting into this situation.” -Richard

“They accepted my handicap, I couldn’t make steps, and came downstairs.”    -anonymous

“Everyone was very nice. No one wants to file bankruptcy. We never felt like anyone was judging us. It was a great relief. We are very grateful for your services.” -R and K

“Open and willingness to help in time of distress, and handicapped convience” -Octava

“Thanks for helping us begin again after our business failed” -Jason and Bridgett

“Professional, discreet, and helpful”  -anonymous

“Your staff and you were so nice to us, you made an unpleasant experience as pleasant as you could. … You all go the extra mile. As a matter of fact, we have already recommended you to other people.” -Michael and Linda

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