Bankruptcy Timeline


06

Jul 2011

Short Sale? Debt Consolidation? Just File Bankruptcy Already!

Short Sale.  Debt Consolidation.  Many times the decision to file bankruptcy is the better option. I just got off the phone with a client who retained my services 2 years ago to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  They never actually filed.  Now, they have an offer on a short sale and have hired a debt consolidation company. He and his Wife make a good income (just...

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27

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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24

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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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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14

Jun 2011

Can My Mortgage Company Sue Me After Foreclosure?

Your mortgage company can collect on a debt you owe it after it sues you in a foreclosure action in Florida. Florida is what is called a “recourse” state.  This means that after your mortgage company successfully sues you in a foreclosure action and receives a final judgment, if there is not enough money from the sale of the property to satisfy that judgment, you...

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10

Jun 2011

How Long Does Filing Bankruptcy Take?

Many people that I speak with considering filing bankruptcy will ask how long the process of filing bankruptcy takes. The answer to that question really depends on your situation and is another reason why you should meet with an experienced Orlando bankruptcy attorney to learn about how the process works and how long it will take given your particular facts. Having said that, I can...

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