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Federal Limits on Wage Garnishment

If a judgment creditor files for a wage garnishment against you, it may be limited in how much it can take from your wages. That is because most of yo...

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Bankruptcy and Mortgage Deficiencies After Foreclosure

Question My house is in foreclosure, but I can't afford the payments and don't want to keep it anymore. The house is worth a lot less than what I...

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Debt Settlement Can't Protect You from Being Sued by Credit Card Companies

People often turn to debt settlement or debt consolidation agencies in a good faith attempt to pay back their debts.

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Will Bankruptcy Stop Foreclosure?

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay prohibits your mortgage lender from moving forward with the foreclosure process. However, how lon...

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Can Bankruptcy Stop Medical Collections & Lawsuits?

If you have outstanding medical bills to doctors, dentists, hospitals, or other medical personnel or facilities, you may be receiving harassing ph...

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Will Bankruptcy Stop Credit Card Collections?

Filing for bankruptcy will immediately stop all credit card collections and lawsuits, and will prevent a credit card company from initiating any n...

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Will Bankruptcy Stop the IRS From Collecting Tax Debts?

The automatic stay will stop the IRS from collecting taxes debt that you owe once you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. But depending upon ...

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Surviving Bankruptcy: Ten Things You Should Know

Everybody runs into trouble at one time or another. If you are up against the wall financially, you’ll want to know some information about the bankr...

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Secured vs Unsecured Debt in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you don't have to directly repay any of your debt. Instead, the bankruptcy trustee may take any property you o...

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If a creditor continues to harass me after filing bankruptcy what do I do?

Answer: When you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy judge issues something called the "automatic stay." The automatic stay p...

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The Truth About "Pay Day" Loans and Filing for Bankruptcy

Debtors may be Eligible for Relief from Payday Loans in Bankruptcy. For those who are struggling to pay their bills and who are falling behind on ...

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The Statute of Limitations and Your Debt

If you have an old debt, your creditor cannot try to collect it forever. State laws limit the period of time it has to sue you to recover amount owed

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Student Loans in Bankruptcy: The Brunner Test

Getting student loans discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is very difficult. For the most part, you must show that repayment would cause you "un...

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1099C: Tax Consequences of Forgiven Debt

If a creditor writes off a debt you owed, or if you settle a debt for less than the full amount owed, you may owe taxes on the "income" (that is, the ...

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Car Repossessions and Auto Loan Charge Offs

If you default on your car loan, you can almost always expect the lender to repossess the vehicle. If, after the repossession, you still owe money pur...

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Being Proactive: Stopping The Student Loan Garnishment Process

If you default on a student loan, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) can try to collect on your loan through a wage garnishment. This means it can...

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Debt Validation in Collection Cases

Debt verification (sometimes referred to as debt validation) is a powerful tool available to debtors whose debts are sent to collection agencies.

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Your 401k and Bankruptcy: Is It Protected?

Understanding your 401k and bankruptcy law is critical before you file. Bankruptcy laws do protect employer sponsored retirement accounts, including...

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Schedule C of the Bankruptcy Forms

When you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you have to complete a packet of forms and file them with the court. Schedule C is one of ...

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Will Filing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Remove A Tax Lien?

Although you can get rid of some tax debts in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, if a tax lien has been recorded against your property, you are unlikely to be able...

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Will Filing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge Tax Debts?

Whether you can discharge (eliminate) tax debts in Chapter 7 bankruptcy depends on what type of taxes are owed, when they first became due, and why ...

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Can You Stop IRS Wage Garnishment by Filing for Bankruptcy?

If the IRS has garnished your wages for unpaid taxes, filing for bankruptcy can give you some relief. It's only temporary, however: Bankruptcy doesn't...

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The Average Cost of Bankruptcy

If you're considering bankruptcy because you can't pay your debts, you may be concerned about what it will cost. The basic fee to file your bankruptcy...

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What if I Don’t Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you find yourself needing to file bankruptcy and you don’t qualify for a chapter 7 under the means test, you still have debt relief options. Th...

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Secured vs. Unsecured Debt

If you are thinking about filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it is important to examine all of your debts and figure out if they are secu...

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