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Timing Your Bankruptcy Filing: When to Delay Your Petition

If you know you want to file for bankruptcy, sometimes it's best to delay filing your petition. In some circumstances, waiting for a certain period of...

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When Your Bankruptcy Case Is Dismissed Without Prejudice

Like any court case, a bankruptcy case can be dismissed for various reasons. A judge may dismiss a bankruptcy case with prejudice or without prejudice...

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Should I Refinance Before or After Bankruptcy?

If you intend to file bankruptcy but are also considering refinancing your mortgage, whether you refinance before or after will depend on a number of ...

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Family Heirlooms and Bankruptcy

What happens to your property in bankruptcy depends on whether you file under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. In Chapter 13, you get to keep all of your prop...

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Why So Many Seniors Face Bankruptcy

While retirement used to be the promised land for senior citizens in America, it may not be a dream come true for everyone. According to financial...

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What can I do to protect my rental property during bankruptcy?

If you own rental property, the effects of filing for bankruptcy depend on how much equity you have in the property, your state's law, and whether you...

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How will child support income affect my bankruptcy case?

Answer: Congress recognizes that child support serves a vital interest: It maintains the bonds between parent and child, enforces parental obligation...

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Should I file for bankruptcy to protect my assets in foreclosure?

If you are facing foreclosure, filing for bankruptcy can give you at least a temporary break. As soon as you file for bankruptcy, whether under Chapte...

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How Will an Inheritance Affect my California Bankruptcy?

If you've got an inheritance coming your way soon and you're thinking about bankruptcy, it may become part of the bankruptcy estate and could potentia...

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What will happen if I inherit a large sum of money after filing for bankruptcy?

If you receive an inheritance within 180 days after filing for bankruptcy, you have to report it to the bankruptcy trustee. The consequences of receiv...

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What is a clawback provision in a bankruptcy filing?

Answer: When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, everything you own on that date (as well as certain property you receive in the six months after you f...

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Bankruptcy and Divorce: Which First?

It's not uncommon for divorcing couples to also file for bankruptcy. Some divorcing couples have strugged with debt for years, and others face new fin...

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Bankruptcy Credit Counseling - Do I have To Repeat It?

Many people try debt counseling or credit counseling before deciding to declare bankruptcy. There are many types of debt counseling. Some debtors take...

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After the 341 Meeting Is My Chapter 7 Case Closed?

Once you file for bankruptcy, you are required to meet with your trustee and creditors before the bankruptcy court can rule to discharge your debts. T...

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How Is Joint Property Treated in Bankruptcy?

If you are married and considering bankruptcy, you should consider how your bankruptcy filing will affect your spouse and the property you own togethe...

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If You Receive an Inheritance During Your Bankruptcy Case

If you receive an inheritance after filing for bankruptcy, it might become part of your bankruptcy estate. In a Chapter 7 case, this means the truste...

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Is Social Security Safe in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Generally, Social Security benefits that have been or will be paid to the debtor are safe in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, if you have Social Secur...

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Will I Lose My Rental Property If I File for Bankruptcy?

Do you own rental property? If you own a house, an apartment, commercial space, or a multi-unit building that you rent out to tenants, then you should...

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Which Type of Bankruptcy is Right for Me?

The bankruptcy code is like a book in a library.  All the titles in the United States Code, the federal statutes,  are numbered.  The bankruptcy ...

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What Are Some Good Questions To Ask a Bankruptcy Attorney?

If you are planning to hire a lawyer to help you with your bankruptcy case, you should shop around. Ask each attorney some basic questions; the answer...

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Can I File Bankruptcy Without A Lawyer?

When you file for bankruptcy, you'll have to decide whether to handle the case yourself or hire a lawyer. There are pros and cons to each choice. Hiri...

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United States Bankruptcy Code

Bankruptcy laws are federal, which means they were enacted by Congress and apply throughout the states. You can find the federal bankruptcy laws in Ti...

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Will I Lose My Job If I File for Bankruptcy?

Many people who are considering bankruptcy worry about the effect it might have on their jobs. These worries are unfounded, however. Whether you work ...

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Should I File for Bankruptcy?

Making the decision to file (or not to file) bankruptcy is a big one. While getting a fresh financial start through Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy...

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