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Bankruptcy vs. Debt Settlement – Which is better?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEoETAnhoEc Almost everyone considering bankruptcy can and should consider debt settlement as a last ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy. Debt settlement can be preferable to bankruptcy in these types of circumstances: …

6 Things To Do If You are Considering Bankruptcy

Most people, by the time they start thinking about bankruptcy, have exhausted other options. Many times people find themselves in a situation where they may or may not be able to dig themselves out of a financial hole, depending on future contingencies,…

The Perils of Trying to File Bankruptcy While Supporting an Adult Child in College

As I have explained to clients many times before, there is sort of a hierarchy in bankruptcy. Your minor children come first, your creditors come second, and your adult kids come third. If you have been supporting an adult child, for instance…
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How will bankruptcy affect my credit rating?

That’s a great question, but the better question is, how is your credit rating right now? As a general rule, if you currently have excellent credit but just too much debt, your credit score will probably drop to 600 or so after the bankruptcy.…

Bankruptcy Petition Preparer Continues to Defy Court Order

In a prior blog post, I mentioned Judge Kishel's order shutting down bankruptcy petition preparer Ed Jonak, who does business under a variety of aliases, including Affordable Law Center, Affordable Court Services, Action Plan Rx, Christian Discount…

Will I be penalized if I file bankruptcy while I'm in debt management program?

Not only will they not, can they not, penalize you, but you probably have a cause of action against them for ripping you off & may be entitled to a refund. This is one of the more typical horror stories I hear about people in DMP's. You…

If I file chapter 7 or 13 will this stop the judgments that have been filed against me by creditors?

A bankruptcy filing stops collection, and the discharge makes judgments void, but they will stay on your credit report for 10 years from when the judgment was entered.  There is an additional procedure you can go through under state law, after…
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"How You Can Become a Credit-Score Superstar"

Article in  The Wall Street Journal on 12/9/2012 You, too, can be a credit-score hotshot. Fair Isaac, creator of the commonly used FICO credit score, used to be tight-lipped about what it took to earn its best scores. But this fall, it provided…

Bankruptcy vs credit counseling

The airwaves are filled with ads touting debt settlement or debt negotiation, implying that is a better solution than bankruptcy. A credit counseling plan, also called debt consolidation, or debt management plan, typically work by a nonprofit…