Tag: chapter 7


05

Jul 2011

Filing Bankruptcy? Don’t Let Facebook Get You in Trouble!

I spent some of my July 4th weekend reading other bankruptcy blogs.  I know, exciting, right? One post I found very interesting, was on Jonathan Ginsberg‘s blog and dealt with how Facebook is changing the practice of law.  Jonathan is an Atlanta bankruptcy lawyer. In previous posts I have explained the requirement that a debtor must disclose all of his or her assets in the...

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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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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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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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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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09

Feb 2011

I Retained You 3 Years Ago…I’m Ready To File Now!

We all know that life can be an unpredictable journey at times.  We make plans, break those plans, remake plans, chart a new course, return to the old course, etc.  And, of course, time does fly… Recently, one of my Orlando bankruptcy clients, who retained my services 3 years ago, came into my office and was ready to “move forward” with his bankruptcy filing.  The...

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04

Feb 2011

Florida Supreme Court Rules on Wildcard Exemption

"where a debtor in bankruptcy elects not to claim the article X, section 4, homestead exemption and the trustee’s administration of the bankruptcy estate is not otherwise obstructed by the existence of the homestead exemption, the debtor does not receive the benefits of the homestead exemption and may claim the section 222.25(4) personal property exemption of $4000."


06

Dec 2010

Filing Bankruptcy? Avoid Perjury by Disclosing ALL Debts

It happens at least twice a week for me.  During the free evaluation I offer to my potential Orlando bankruptcy clients, I am asked whether a person must list all her debts when filing bankruptcy. My potential Orlando bankruptcy client further explains (pleads): “I only owe a small balance on these two cards and I want to keep my credit in good standing with them....

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29

Nov 2010

Why Does My Ex-Wife Have To Be Listed in My Bankruptcy?

Recently, when meeting with one of my Orlando bankruptcy clients during the signing of his bankruptcy petition, I was asked why his ex-wife had to be included as a creditor on the Petition. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 enhanced the rights and procedures for the benefit of domestic support obligation [DSO] creditors (my client’s ex-Wife, for example). Section 101(14A) of...

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