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Why Transferring Student Loans to Credit Cards is Not a Good Idea

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As the looming crisis of student loan debt nears, some enterprising debtors are no doubt getting desperate. Student loan debtors are being hounded by collection agencies night and day, tax refunds are being intercepted, and wage garnishments are inevitable. So some enterprising debtors are getting the idea to transfer their student loan debt to credit cards with the idea of ... Read More »

Dave Ramsey’s Hatred of Bankruptcy and Credit Cards Makes No Logical Sense

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I should probably never preface an article with this but here goes. If you are a die hard Dave Ramsey fan you are probably going to disagree with what I have to say. I get it. But all I ask is that you read the post, think about it, and then let’s engage in a discussion in the comments section ... Read More »

How to Really Discharge Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy. Many Can. But Never Try.

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For years we’ve all heard the same message that it’s near darn impossible to discharge student loans in bankruptcy. We’ve heard that the undue hardship standards make it so onerous that expecting a student loan discharge is all but an act of God. But what if that belief was actually more myth than fact? Recently Jason Iuliano, (J.D. Harvard Law ... Read More »

How to Know if You Should File Bankruptcy

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If you are in financial trouble and struggling to make payments, tapped out, you’ve spent down savings, or living month-to-month, then bankruptcy is worth a good hard look. Below you will find a number of links to posts, articles, and calculators to help educate you about the realities of bankruptcy. Many people carry a lot of baggage around about what ... Read More »

What Does the Bible Say About Bankruptcy? Is Bankruptcy Scriptural?

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Far too often people come to me for help loaded with all sorts of assumptions, emotional baggage, and guilt about their financial situation. They feel that it is immoral to consider some options and instead set themselves up for long term failure by not knowing all the facts. They launch into five to ten year repayment plan that leave them ... Read More »

The Incredible Healing Power of Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 & Chapter 13

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Let’s be upfront and open, many people harbor an emotional feeling about bankruptcy and a false belief that bankruptcy is a path chosen by ne’re do wells and reprobates. Yea, that impression has nothing to do with the reality of the situation. I understand the angst and fretting. I myself went bankrupt in 1990. I get it. But since I ... Read More »

How to Easily Get a Mortgage After Bankruptcy

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One generally unfounded fear people have is that filing bankruptcy will stop you from buying a house. That’s just not true. Granted, being able to qualify for a mortgage immediately after filing bankruptcy might be a bit tougher, but the reality is that filing bankruptcy and clearing away unmanageable debt can actually make it easier to get qualified for your ... Read More »

Fee Only Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Upheld. Gives Consumers an Interesting Bankruptcy Tool.

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Now here’s an interesting situation, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the bankruptcy filing of a woman who was just existing on social security benefits and food stamps. The woman originally filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy after trying and failing to negotiate a repayment plan she could afford with her creditors. The filer, Patricia Crager, put forward a chapter 13 ... Read More »

Fake Bankruptcy Attorney Caught in Maryland Running Scalia & Seidel

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Michael mancini of Baltimore, Maryland was caught recently impersonating a bankruptcy attorney. it is reported he represented more than 50 consumers in bankruptcy before getting caught in his sham. Mancini, a high school graduate, was ordered by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David Rice to pay $261,000 in fines and damages and close up shop. According to the National Law Journal, ... Read More »

Bankruptcy Filers Eligible for New Mortgages in as Little as One Year

For those who have declared bankruptcy, it may feel as though you’re on financial probation for up to 10 years, since that’s how long a bankruptcy can stay on your credit report. However, mortgage borrowers could be eligible to apply for a home loan in as little as one year following a bankruptcy. “If you filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which ... Read More »

Did the NFCC Client of the Year Really Do the Ethical Thing?

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The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Recently put out a press release celebrating their clients of the year who, in my opinion, should never have been put into a debt management plan to begin with. See NFCC Celebrates Utter Stupidity and Puts Older Dementia Patient in Debt Management Plan. My goodness, I hate to make this issue about Jim and ... Read More »

Are You a Great Bankruptcy Attorney or Do You Know of One? We Want to Know.

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We’ve recently launched our new bankruptcy attorney directory at bankruptcy.getoutofdebt.org. Our hope is that we can make it easier for bankruptcy attorneys to be found by readers and that we can feature one attorney in each city. Filing bankruptcy is most often a nerve wracking experience. It’s less because of the actual process and more because of the uncertainty or ... Read More »

What the Full Set of 2011 Bankruptcy Tells Us About Consumers With Debt

The most recent annual publication of bankruptcy data is out from 2011. Compared to 2010 there was an 11 percent drop in bankruptcy filings, a 23 percent drop in filer assets, a25 percent drop in filer liabilities and a 28 percent incidence of repeat filers. Despite of what many debt relief company sites claim that a chapter 7 bankruptcy is ... Read More »

Will My Girlfriend Lose Her Car I Cosigned for When I File Bankruptcy? – Marc

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“Dear Steve, I am divorced and have about $100k in unsecured debt due to job loss and other issues which arose in my marriage. I am just treading water with the bills (including alimony and child support) and am sinking fast. I believe I am going to have to file Chapter 7 BK as I am never going to dig ... Read More »

Lesbian and Gay Couples Allowed to File for Joint Bankruptcy

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An article out of Kentucky brought up a point I had not thought about, filling bankruptcy as a gay married couple. The underlying issue is that with only a handful of states recognizing gay marriage, what are gay couples to do when they want to file bankruptcy together but their marriage in New York isn’t recognized by Kentucky. That question ... Read More »

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