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.

credit score path for bankruptcy filers

(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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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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