BANKRUPTCY BLOG


Informative articles on bankruptcy

What is a bankruptcy discharge? Under the federal bankruptcy statute, a discharge is a release of the debtor from personal liability for certain specified types of debts. In other words, the debtor is no longer required by law to pay any debts that are discharged. The discharge operates as a
What debts cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy? In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation), the Bankruptcy laws will not allow a debtor to “discharge” certain types of debts. The most common “nondischargeable” debts are taxes, student loans, child support obligations, and criminal fines. However, there are exceptions to this basic
Credit Repair Information What is a credit bureau? There are three major credit bureaus in the United States: Trans Union, Equifax, and Experian. Credit bureaus are private, profit-making companies that gather and sell information about a person’s credit history. The bureaus sell the information to banks, credit unions, credit card
How long does a bankruptcy stay on a debtor’s credit report? Can co-signers be protected if bankruptcy is filed? Yes. The filing of bankruptcy creates an “Automatic Stay” in favor of the debtor and any co- signers or guarantors of the debtor’s bills. In order to protect the co-signer after
February 23, 2014

Debt and the Elderly

Debt and the Elderly Meager cash flow, usually just Social Security. Too many of our elderly are enduring continuing stress and scrimping on food, medical treatment and prescriptions, and emergency cash reserves. It is important to know that Social Security payments and pension payments are exempt from seizure by creditors.
What are my rights against debt collectors? What are my rights against debt collectors? Creditors typically start their collection efforts with a series of form letters, then graduate to phone calls, and then to repossession or referral to a collection agency or to an attorney for suit. Collection agencies, attorneys,
Can co-signers be protected if bankruptcy is filed? Can co-signers be protected if bankruptcy is filed? Yes. The filing of bankruptcy creates an “Automatic Stay” in favor of the debtor and any co- signers or guarantors of the debtor’s bills. In order to protect the co-signer after the filing of
Where is the bankruptcy court? Monroe courthouse From Rayville, Bastrop, Columbia – get on I-20, take the Civic Center exit; go straight to Jackson Street, take a right, pass St. Francis Hospital, it is the very next building on the right. From Ruston – get on I-20, take the Civic
Bankruptcy and Income Tax Debt Many people do not realize that a bankruptcy can discharge (wipe out) certain tax debts. A bankruptcy generally will wipe out an income tax debt, when the following conditions have been met: The due date (usually April 15 of the following year) for the tax
February 21, 2012

Student Loan Issues

Student Loan Issues Student loans can be divided into Federal and Private Student Loans. Federal Student Loans are made through the Direct Loan program and the Federal Family Education Loan program (FFEL). The Direct Loan program was created in 1993, and the FFEL program was created in 1992. Direct Loans