Navigating the Complicated World of Bankruptcy

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Live To Use Credit Again

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Dark days can seem never-ending when your finances are in trouble, but a decision to file for bankruptcy is your first step towards sunshine. Not only will you find some immediate relief, you will have one of those rare “do-overs” where you can review and makes changes for the better. Read on to learn a bit more about recovering after a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. How did you get into such a mess?…

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4 Important Factors To Take Into Account Before You Pay Back A Business Debt Early

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If you’re in the process of paying a business loan off, you may be wondering if paying the debt back early is going to be to your advantage. There are a variety of different factors you need to consider before paying off a business loan early. Below are four things you need to think about to determine if it’s in your best interests to pay your loan off early rather than follow the pre-established repayment schedule:…

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Understanding Your Debt-To-Income Ratio And Its Effect On Bankruptcy

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Just about everyone has debt, and those with a high debt amount may think that their only choice is bankruptcy. But it may be possible to manage this situation if your debt-to-income ratio is at a reasonable level. Understanding your debt-to-income ratio and its effect is crucial for managing your financial health. The Nature Of Debt-To-Income Ratios Debt-to-income ratios indicate how much of your monthly income goes to your debt payments.…

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Two Things You Can Do When You Fall Behind On Credit Card Payments

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People think they’ll never fall behind on their debt payments until the day they do. Although getting caught up on past due payments can feel like an impossible task, it is possible to get your finances back on track. Here are two options you can take advantage of to help you resolve your past due balances and start fixing your credit: Ask About a Forbearance Program Creditors don’t like it when people fall behind on their debt payments.…

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Easier Than You Think: Your Bankruptcy Appearance

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Just the act of a bankruptcy filing can make some people feel embarrassed, but that might pale in comparison to the thought of making an appearance in public before a bankruptcy judge. You already feel a bit sheepish about your financial situation, and you know that taking responsibility for your situation is important. Fortunately, this dreaded appearance in bankruptcy court is usually nothing to be worried about, so read on to learn more about your chapter 7 federal meeting, known as the creditor’s meeting.…

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Advantages & Disadvantages To Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a type of bankruptcy that allows you to repair your credit by repaying some of your debt. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is best for those with a high income or with many assets that can be liquidated. If you are trying to decide whether or not to file chapter 13 bankruptcy, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages for you to consider.                                                                                 Advantages Avoid Foreclosure…

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How To Protect Social Security Disability Payments From Garnishment

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Most people who receive Social Security disability (SSDI) payments are living from one paycheck to the next. Unfortunately, sometimes the disability payments are not enough to cover all the bills they have accumulated. Because of this, sometimes people who are receiving SSDI are threatened with garnishment by creditors for debt repayment. Thankfully, there are several ways you can protect your SSDI from garnishment. Here’s what you need to know. Set Up an Electronic Transfer Account…

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Non-Priority Versus Priority Tax Debts In Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: How To Know The Difference

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an option for Americans seeking relief from a variety of debts, and that includes tax debts in most cases. In general, debts of all kinds, including back taxes owed, are divided into one of two categories: non-priority and priority debt. The laws providing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy delineate how tax debts are categorized. Below is more information on how to know if your tax debt will be considered as non-priority debt or priority debt:…

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What Happens To Tax Refunds In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases?

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Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a great solution for becoming debt-free if the majority of your debts are unsecured. When you are approved for a discharge in Chapter 7, all of your unsecured debts will be forgiven, but you may have to surrender some of your assets, including your tax refund. Before you file, you may want to know how the trustee will handle your refunds, and here are three things you should know.…

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Is Co-Branding A Way For Businesses To Avoid Bankruptcy?

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In 2014, over 18,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy protection, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Co-branding is how major retailers are regaining their financial stability and growing. Some take this intuitive after filing for bankruptcy, with the approval of the court, but it is a consideration for businesses on the brink, as well.  What is Co-Branding? Branding means a company successfully creates awareness about a product or service by associating their business name with it.…

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