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Rebuilding After Bankruptcy

It’s no secret that declaring bankruptcy will negatively and significantly affect your credit score.  This can make it much harder to receive loan approval or a line of credit, or you may be approved but with exorbitantly high rates.  However, just because you’re...

Money Tips for Couples

Are you planning on getting married anytime soon?  Discussing money before marriage is something of an unofficial taboo, but it’s important to share your financial philosophies with your future spouse.  Many marriages experience friction due to arguments regarding...

Another Year of Bankruptcy Declines

We have some good news to report in regards to bankruptcy today.  Bankruptcy filings saw another consecutive year of decreases, dropping by just over eleven percent compared to January 2015.  The consecutive decline represents the fifth straight year that filings have...

Understanding the New Federal Bankruptcy Forms

Last year we discussed the changes being made to the federal bankruptcy forms, designed to make the paperwork much easier to understand.  The changes officially went into effect on December 1st but there may still be some lingering questions about why they were...

Changing Your Lifestyle After Bankruptcy

There is a certain sense of liberty that comes with filing for bankruptcy and completing the process, knowing you now have a clean slate to start fresh and make better decisions as you rebuild your financial future.  There are significant changes that need to be...

Financial Preparations for 2016

December is here and 2015 will soon be coming to a close.  Depending on what your financial plans are, you may be considering starting 2016 with a fresh slate, free of the financial situation you may be currently facing.  Some goals may include finally being able to...

Bankruptcy and Homeownership

When dealing with bankruptcy, homeownership is part of the process.  If someone is filing for bankruptcy, chances are they cannot make the monthly mortgage payments.  However, if a debtor misses a payment, they do not have the option to surrender their home as a means...

All about the New Bankruptcy Forms

Every year, changes and additions are made to the way bankruptcy cases are handled, dictated by a set of rules stated in the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.  These changes are devised by an advisory committee consisting of individuals like bankruptcy attorneys...

What Defines Fraud?

Fraud is not something all that unusual in bankruptcy filings as many people do try and defraud their creditors.  Since the fresh start of bankruptcy isn't available in such a scenario, the question then becomes: how is fraud defined?  An upcoming Supreme Court case...

Bankruptcy and Co-Signers

Having a co-signer can be tremendously beneficial when you're applying for a loan.  It can often help you if your credit score is low or if you're just starting to build your credit.  With that in mind, a co-signer is placing him or herself at risk, especially if the...