Monthly Archives: June 2011


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Jun 2011

In Bankruptcy, What is a Non-Exempt Asset?

A non-exempt asset is an asset that exceeds the amount of the exemptions that the debtor is entitled to claim. However, just because you have a non-exempt asset in your bankruptcy estate does not mean that you will lose the property. There are various ways that you can keep the property such as by entering into a buyback agreement with the Chapter 7 trustee, or by filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.


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Jun 2011

Will Filing Bankruptcy Affect Me Getting a Job?

It’s a hard enough in today’s economy to land a job.  Will filing bankruptcy make it that much more difficult to find a job? Many of my clients worry about the effect filing bankruptcy will have on their effort to find a job.  While everyone’s situation is different, during the last 11 years of my representation of people filing bankruptcy, one thing has remained constant,...

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Jun 2011

After Filing Bankruptcy, Chapter 13, Do I Still Pay My Bills?

Recently, during a free evaluation, I was asked by a potential client if he had to make payments on his bills when filing Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 specifically.   First, I had to determine what he meant by “Bills”.  Bills go by many different names, there are bills that you pay for on going service, like utilities, cable, cell phones, and then there are other debts, like...

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22

Jun 2011

Should I Do a Short Sale After I File Bankruptcy?

In previous posts I’ve discussed the differences between a Short Sale and filing bankruptcy and if one is preferable over the other. However, many of my clients who own real estate and have gone through the bankruptcy process have a different question: Is it necessary, or should I do a short sale after I file Chapter 7 bankruptcy or surrendered my property through a Chapter 13...

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20

Jun 2011

Are Foreclosure Filings Really Down?

Across Florida, and the nation for that matter, there have been a number of stories recently in the news reporting that foreclosure filings have been down for the last 8 months. This is a little misleading and is not at all cause for celebration. There is a specific reason why filings are down, and it is not because people are suddenly able to make their...

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16

Jun 2011

How Does an Orlando Bankruptcy Lawyer Get Paid?

“As an Orlando bankruptcy lawyer, how do you get paid by your clients?”  This is one of the questions I get from my friends and colleagues.  Actually, some of my clients ask this as well, as you might imagine.  The question is one that I asked myself when I first began working as an Orlando bankruptcy lawyer 11 years ago. Orlando bankruptcy attorneys will accept payments in...

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15

Jun 2011

Can I File Bankruptcy by Myself, Without My Husband?

Many people who contemplate filing bankruptcy wonder “Can I file bankruptcy by myself and not involve my spouse ?”, whether that spouse is the person’s husband or wife.  Is this possible to do? The answer is Yes, it is. However, there is a second question you have to consider when making the decision to file by yourself, and to not include your husband or wife; and...

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