A Decade in the Closet Being Afraid About My Bankruptcy

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I am still amazed when I read uninformed posts about why people are going bankrupt claiming there is no more stigma about bankruptcy. That is not true. People are going bankrupt because creditors are not allowing people to repay their debts with as much enthusiasm as the banks had when the person was borrowing the … Read more

We Need a “Blue Light Special” on Bankruptcy

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As a young man, I practiced law in a three-man law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. In the winter months, the firm occasionally experienced lean times when clients couldn’t pay their bills. But we three were young, optimistic, and confident. I remember one day during an especially lean winter month when our senior partner jokingly announced: … Read more

7 Famous People Who Filed for Bankruptcy (and what you can learn from them)

Tax man troubles. Bad investments. Shady financial advisors. Lavish spending. These are some of the pitfalls that lead the rich and famous to file for bankruptcy.  Most famous folks end up filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a much less common form (7,735 filings in 2018, compared with 480,933 for Chapter 7 and 290,566 for Chapter 13). But some of their … Read more

For Two Years I’ve Been Contemplating Bankruptcy

Question: Hi Steve, First, love that you volunteer saving animals, I actually do the same! The reason I write you today is that for nearly two years I have been contemplating filing bankruptcy. Four years ago I came down with a debilitating disease and had to quit working altogether. Moved back with mom for day-to-day … Read more

My Bank Won’t Work With Me So I Can Pay My Debt

Question: Dear Steve, The bank called me and told me that I must pay 12600 first before I can apply for account restructuring with an interest rate of 1%. I was not able to pay it as of now because I am jobless. What should I do or how should I respond to the threats … Read more

Here is Exactly Why People Who File Bankruptcy Are Smart

I seem to spend a lot of time educating people that most everything they know about bankruptcy is just plain wrong. In fact a friend of mine just told me they were going to file bankruptcy and my answer was, “congratulations.” You see, even studies by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have come … Read more

Why a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Should be Your First Option and Not a Last Resort

A good friend of mine recently wrote about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Michael Bovee discussed the greater impact of doing the right thing when getting out of debt. It’s a topic I’ve harped on about for years. For me, the greater question to answer before diving into how to … Read more

Should We File Bankruptcy Because of Business Debts?

Money, Credit and Debt Advice – Get Out of Debt Guy Question: Is There Hope for Us in Bankruptcy? Dear Steve, We have roughly $80,000 in credit card debt. We have 4 children, 2 in college and 2 yet to go. We own a small business that we run out of our home in addition … Read more

Those That File Bankruptcy Do Better Than Those That Don’t

This report is republished from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and contains the authors analysis and finding about bankruptcy following the 2005 reform. Personal bankruptcy was introduced in the United States through the Bankruptcy Act of 1978. After passage of the act, bankruptcy rates rose steadily until 2005, when Congress passed the Bankruptcy … Read more