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January 21, 2011
Chapter 7 is often referred to as liquidation bankruptcy because debtors are required to liquidate assets to pay outstanding debts. In the past, this personal bankruptcy chapter was the preferred choice because it wipes out debts and allows debtors to have a fresh start.
Today, Chapter 7 is only offered to debtors who do not qualify for Chapter 13 under regulations set forth in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. These new bankruptcy laws were enacted to reduce frivolous bankruptcy filings to eradicate credit card debt and personal debts caused by reckless spending.
June 11, 2010
Loans allow people to buy things they need but don't have enough money saved away to purchase. Loans are often used when buying real estate and automobiles, as well as financing college education tuition or starting a business.
Unless loans are provided by family or friends, recipients of borrowed funds must apply for personal or business loans through banks or credit unions. Lending institutions require borrowers to provide evidence they are capable of repaying loans. If borrowers have poor credit their loan application might be denied or lenders may require a qualified co-signer.
May 24, 2010
Most people with IRS debt will agree that owing the Internal Revenue Service is stressful. They worry an IRS agent will arrive at their door to repossess valuable items. They have heard horror stories of people being sent to prison over unpaid back taxes. They lose sleep thinking the IRS will attach wage garnishments; leaving them little income to pay their bills.
If you are faced with IRS debt problems, the worst thing you can do is ignore the problem. Believe it or not, the IRS offers taxpayers multiple solutions to payoff back taxes. However, you must be proactive and initiate contact with the Internal Revenue Service. Otherwise, payment options will be limited and your worst nightmares could turn into reality.
May 13, 2010
Homeowners who obtain a home equity loan or line of credit use the accrued equity as collateral to secure the loan. When the housing crisis occurred, millions of homeowners lost a substantial amount of home equity because of the dramatic reduction in real estate prices.
To determine the amount of available home equity, lenders calculate the outstanding balance owed on first and second mortgages and subtract it from the appraised property value. The difference between the two amounts will determine how much money borrowers qualify for when obtaining a home equity loan.
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?
January 23, 2009
Many people would prefer to file bankruptcy online, but even with modern technology this option is not yet available. You can, however, locate bankruptcy forms and bankruptcy attorneys via the Internet. Important information regarding various bankruptcy chapters and the new bankruptcy laws can also be found online.
Although you can't file bankruptcy online, the Internet provides numerous tools and resources to assist with filling out forms and preparing financial calculations. Many people prefer to use bankruptcy software, while others prefer hiring a bankruptcy lawyer to help them prepare legal documents and represent them in court.
December 17, 2008
Debt relief is the buzzword of the day. From Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to banks and automakers, everyone is searching for their own personal bail-out. And, while it is now official that America is in a recession, most people have been feeling the financial pinch for quite some time.
Obtaining debt relief is no easy feat; however it can be accomplished. The problem is most people want instant financial gratification. Unless you hit the lottery jackpot, chances are this isn't going to happen. It took time to build your mountain of debt and it is going to take time to chisel it away.
December 15, 2008
In the past, hiring a Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney was as simple as opening a phone book. Today, it isn't quite as easy. When the new bankruptcy laws went into effect in 2007, a provision was included which requires lawyers to attest to their clients bankruptcy petitions. In a nutshell, this provision requires lawyers to state they believe their clients' petition is necessary. If clients are not completely honest when providing details about their financial situation, the attorney assumes significant risk.
Today, retaining the services of a chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney is more costly. In addition to the above mentioned risk, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) require lawyers to engage in additional casework to ensure their clients have a legitimate need to file for bankruptcy protection. This has resulted in higher legal fees; making it more difficult for average Americans to obtain appropriate counsel.
December 13, 2008
Deciding to file bankrupsy is never an easy choice. However, if personal bankrupsy is the only option left, it is best to become as informed about the process as possible. Doing so will help reduce the stress associated with filing bankruptcy and help you stay focused on the task at hand.
A key element of bankrupsy is understanding the new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act was put into place as a way to protect both consumers and creditors
October 09, 2008
There are good reasons to pay off credit cards. First and foremost, by paying outstanding balances in full each month, you will be able to retain your credit status. In today's tumultuous economy, credit is going to be much harder to obtain. Consumers who pay the minimum amount will likely see their credit line diminish. Others may have their account closed altogether.
Another good reason to pay off credit cards is to eliminate monthly payments and high interest rates. Experts state that Americans carry an average of $20,000 in credit card debts. By paying only the minimum due, consumers could pay interest for as long as 20 years. Is that morning latte and fast food lunch really worth being in debt for two decades?