Bankruptcy


16

Jan 2017

The Impact of Social Media on Your Bankruptcy Case

The most important thing to remember if you plan to file for bankruptcy is don’t hide any assets. Even an honest mistake can delay or compromise your bankruptcy case. An experienced Orlando bankruptcy lawyer can help make sure you make all necessary disclosures to the court wherein you do not end up inadvertently hiding anything the law considers to be of value. After you file...

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05

Jan 2017

A New President, A New Way of Thinking About Your Finances

As you may know, in a few days we will have a new person sworn in as President of the United States of America. This person is very familiar with bankruptcy law and has used those laws to benefit his businesses, and by extension himself, on several occasions over the years. Why shouldn’t you be like our new President, at least when it comes to...

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14

Dec 2016

What Property Do I Give Up in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor’s assets must be turned over to a court-appointed trustee. Certain assets are exempt under Florida law, including up to $1,000 of equity in a motor vehicle and a $4,000 “wildcard” exemption that may be used for any property if the debtor does not claim a homestead exemption for their residence. An experienced Orlando bankruptcy lawyer can advise you...

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12

Dec 2016

Keeping Your House in and Orlando Bankruptcy

If you are worried about losing your home, an Orlando bankruptcy lawyer may be able to help. Florida actually makes it easier than most states to protect your homes from creditors or a bankruptcy court. Under the Florida Constitution, a person’s entire “homestead” is exempt from “forced sale” or judgment, subject to certain size restrictions. If the homestead is located in a city, the exemption...

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28

Nov 2016

When Can a Bankruptcy Court Refuse to Discharge a Civil Judgment?

Many people contact an Orlando bankruptcy attorney because they have been recently hit with a civil court judgment. You often see news headlines about plaintiffs who win a multi-million dollar verdict against a defendant. But oftentimes, the defendant lacks the resources to pay such a judgment and instead is forced to file for bankruptcy. Florida Couple Criticized by Court for Failing to Preserve Business Records...

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20

Jul 2016

What Orlando Students Need to Know About Student Loans & Bankruptcy

If you are a Florida resident that is entering college this fall, you may not fully appreciate the potential student loan debt that may accumulate during the next four-plus years of your study. For recent high school graduates, the reality of student loan debt is all too real. Faced with poor job prospects and mounting living expenses, you may need to turn to an Orlando...

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11

Jul 2016

Beware of Student Loan “Debt Relief” Scams Targeting Florida Students

Many Florida residents are currently facing an uphill battle to repay their student loan debt. Unbeknownst to many, scammers are preying on these residents and their desperate situation. In recent years, a number of Florida residents have fallen victim to “debt relief” schemes that make false promises regarding forgiveness of student loan debts, and federal and state officials are now cracking down on these scams. If...

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08

Jun 2016

Are There Benefits to Filing for Bankruptcy with Student Loans?

Summer is here, which means the Class of 2016 that recently graduated from Florida State University, the University of Florida, and other Florida institutions of higher education have approximately six to nine months before they must start paying back the thousands of dollars in student loans they used to finance their educations. For some Florida students, this will be a sufficient period of time within...

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11

May 2016

IBR/ICR and Defense to Repayment Approaches to Handling Student Loan Debt

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the average cost of a four-year university in the United States, including tuition, room, and board is more than $23,800 per school year. As most undergraduates do not have this cash on hand, it is no surprise that many take out student loans to pay for education expenses. While loan repayment does not begin until the student...

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19

Dec 2013

Can You Lower Your Student Loan Payments?

Yes, maybe, via one of the many repayment options available to folks with Federal student loans.  You don’t have to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy to lower your payments, but here’s how that option works if you’re interested. You have to dive in a little deeper to know what repayment option, outside of bankruptcy, is best for you; or if you are even eligible for a...

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