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October 07, 2009
Debt problems are affecting more Americans today than ever before. The financial crisis of Wall Street left many people with worthless financial portfolios, while the unemployment crisis has drained many saving accounts. Add in wasteful spending habits and you have a recipe for financial disaster.
Many options exist to eliminate debt problems, but it takes patience and commitment to get out of debt. Individuals with mounting debts must take a hard look at spending habits to determine where their money is being spent.
September 23, 2009
Today, millions of people are seeking credit card debt relief. In previous years, consumers who possessed good credit scores could obtain credit cards from major credit card companies, gasoline companies, airlines and department stores. Creditors with poor credit ratings could obtain credit cards from subprime lenders who charged outlandish interest rates and drove debtors into a financial grave.
Today, numerous companies offer credit card debt relief. Many offer the promise of helping debtors obtain reduced interest rates and the opportunity to slash outstanding balances. Some claim they can help consumers get out of debt in a matter of months. Depending on credit card balances, it can take consumers a decade or longer to repay outstanding debt. The promise of becoming debt-free in months is enticing, but is it realistic?
April 04, 2009
Business bankruptcy filings are occurring at an unprecedented rate. Last year, bankruptcy courts reported a whopping 50-percent increase in filings over the previous year. Bloomberg.com, a worldwide provider of financial information, reports more than 18,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy protection during the first four months of 2008 alone. Unfortunately, the outlook is even gloomier for 2009.
Filing business bankruptcy requires the assistance of a qualified bankruptcy attorney. The new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005 have made filing both personal and business bankruptcy nearly impossible. Known as the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, BAPCPA places numerous restrictions on financial constraints on business owners.
March 15, 2009
Chapter eleven bankruptcy is used by corporations, partnerships and sole proprietors to reorganize business debts. Oftentimes referred to as 'corporate bankruptcy', Chapter 11 allows business owners time to restructure debt in an attempt to become a viable business.
During chapter eleven, businesses are allowed to continue normal operations. If the company is publically-held the reorganization plan must be provided to investors. Distribution of interest and principal payments to bondholders is prohibited during the reorganization phase. Stockholders are placed at the bottom of the list and unable to collect proceeds until creditors are repaid
February 27, 2009
As a private investor I buy houses on a regular basis. On average, I view around 100 houses per month. Every day, I hear incredible stories of the life struggles people are facing. Many of the homeowners are facing foreclosure or bankruptcy. Others are going through a divorce or have recently lost their spouse due to illness or accident. Some need to sell their house because they have lost their job.
When I entered the "I buy houses" arena, my primary goal was to make money. I didn't realize that buying houses would ultimately offer distressed homeowners the opportunity to make a fresh start. While making money is fun, helping people out of bad situations is even better!
February 17, 2009
The word 'bankrupt' refers to a person or business that is financially ruined. Both people and companies can rebound from being bankrupt, but their chances for success are limited if they don't take time to investigate what caused them to become bankrupt in the first place.
Today, there is an abundance of bankrupt people and businesses. From automakers and lending institutions, to the corner grocer and your neighbors. Everywhere you turn there is news of gloom and doom, a failing economy, and unemployed people
October 12, 2008
Are you confused about how to file bankruptcy? You aren't alone. The new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005 have created a tremendous amount of confusion and complexity. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act implemented strict rules and regulations, making it difficult to file personal or business bankruptcy. BAPCPA stipulates all debtors must engage in credit counseling prior to petitioning the court for bankruptcy protection.
Understanding the intricacies of how to file bankruptcy generally requires the services of a qualified bankruptcy attorney. While hiring a lawyer is not required by law, few people possess the fortitude to undergo the bankruptcy process on their own. The complexities of BAPCPA could place debtors who file without legal representation at risk for having their petition rejected
September 22, 2008
For many Americans, bankruptcy is the only alternative they have to save their financial assets and personal belongings. While most people view bankruptcy as financial failure, nothing could be further from the truth.
Bankruptcy can be traced back to the Old Testament of the Bible. According to Moses Laws, every 50 years all debts are eliminated. Additionally, the Hebrew law of Forgiveness instructs a release of debt every seven years. Unfortunately, this belief has not carried over to Americans and millions of people are facing foreclosure, loss of valuable assets and complete financial ruin
March 01, 2008
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is the most common type of bankruptcy filed in the United States. Also known as Wage Earner's Plan, Chapter 13 allows individuals to retain their possessions and repay their debts over a period of three to five years.
Individuals facing foreclosure oftentimes file Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in an effort to save their home. Filing Chapter 13 can stop foreclosure proceedings; however, the individual must continue making mortgage payments in a timely fashion.