Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Loan Modification Blog

When is Filing for Bankruptcy Not a Good Idea?

When you are unable to handle your debt load, whether that debt load is personal or business debt, you might consider filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a legal process through which an individual or company in debt can have that debt discharged, either through the liquidation of assets (Chapter 7), a repayment plan (Chapter 13), or a reorganization of the company (Chapter 11). Other chapters exist as well, such as Chapter 9, Chapter 12, and Chapter 15, but these are for niche purposes and only utilized by specific groups....
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Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy with a Variable Income

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an option for individuals who have an income to work through their debt issues and move toward a financially sustainable future. Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which involves ceding control of the filing party's assets to a court-appointed trustee to liquidate and use the profits to pay off his or her debt, Chapter 13 pairs the filer with a trustee to develop a repayment plan that will allow him or her to repay the bulk of his or her debt over a period of three to five years....
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Aeropostale to Seek Bankruptcy Rescue

In an earlier post, we discussed fashion retailer Aeropostale's financial troubles, the changing factors in the fashion world behind them, and the company's bankruptcy plan. Now, there are new developments regarding Aeropostale's bankruptcy and potential financial recovery. It and Versa Capital Management hope to reach a purchase deal by the second week of August....
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Mistakes to Avoid When Going Through the Bankruptcy Process

Bankruptcy can be confusing. When you are trying to work through the stress and confusion of the bankruptcy process while balancing your job and family commitments, you can easily become overwhelmed and prone to making mistakes. These mistakes can only hurt you more, potentially invalidating your bankruptcy claim or forcing you to take extra time and money to repair them....
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Mistakes to Avoid When Going Through the Bankruptcy Process

Bankruptcy can be confusing. When you are trying to work through the stress and confusion of the bankruptcy process while balancing your job and family commitments, you can easily become overwhelmed and prone to making mistakes. These mistakes can only hurt you more, potentially invalidating your bankruptcy claim or forcing you to take extra time and money to repair them....
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How is Student Debt Different from Other Types of Debt?

To say that student debt is a big issue in the United States is an understatement. According to marketwatch.com, approximately 70% of American bachelor's degree holders graduated with some student debt. 40 million Americans currently have student loans, and the total amount of outstanding student debt among Americans is $1.2 trillion....
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Hostess is Going Public Again, Four Years After Bankruptcy

Hostess has been a favorite snack for Americans young and old since 1919. The company first produced its famous cupcake, a dark chocolate-flavored confection topped by an iconic white icing swirl, nearly a century ago and in the decades since, has followed with classic products like fruit pies, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and Sno Balls. It most recently made headlines in 2012 when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy....
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Why Would My Loan Modification Request Be Denied?

When you are facing financial distress, you might explore options like modifying your mortgage loan terms or negotiating with your creditors to avoid bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy can have a substantial impact on your current and future credit and in many cases, bankruptcy is too extreme of a remedy for the issues an individual faces. In cases like this, modification of a mortgage loan's terms can be the right way for an individual to get his or her debt under control....
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Know Your Rights Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

When you have outstanding debt, you often get calls from collection agents who are tasked with getting you to repay the money you owe. These people have a difficult job – it can be stressful to locate individuals with debt to hunt down the money their companies have the right to collect, whether they are the original lenders or they have purchased the debt from them. But sometimes, these calls can become unbearable....
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