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Payday lending pitfalls: What to know

With the holidays approaching, people of every income range will be buying gifts for others. For many, this is just an added year-end expense. Others who feel the pressure to give to family and friends but don’t have the money may look for other ways to fund this seasonal expense. The ads for “payday” loans […]

Can I pay back family before bankruptcy?

In times of difficulty, we naturally turn to family and friends for help. The same holds when those difficulties are financial. Family and friends know you and understand your troubles; they’ll be willing to lend you a hand even when banks won’t. They trust you regardless of your credit score. If you borrow from people […]

Gift or loan, and why does it matter for bankruptcy?

When you’re struggling with debt, it’s natural to turn to friends and family for help. They know you and they trust you, making it simpler and easier to seek financial aid from them than from a bank. If your financial difficulties continue and you decide to file for bankruptcy protection, what happens to the friends […]

What Happens At A Typical Bankruptcy Consultation?

The Bankruptcy Consultation The initial bankruptcy consultation is a first meeting, usually lasting between 30-60 minutes, in which your bankruptcy attorney gets a feel for the financial issues you are confronting and how best to address them. A good bankruptcy attorney will not try to “steer” you in the direction of bankruptcy and the meeting may very well […]

How Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Works

Be forewarned, the following journey through chapter 7 bankruptcy law is a bit technical, so if you are considering filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy, consult a bankruptcy attorney. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: It All Begins A chapter 7 bankruptcy case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the […]

How the North Carolina Foreclosure Process Works

North Carolina is a power of sale foreclosure jurisdiction. This means that unlike many other states in which a lender seeking to foreclose must go through a lengthy judicial process in order to regain collateral, North Carolina lenders may foreclose through a private process. Power of sale foreclosure can happen fast depending on backlog and […]

How Can a Chapter 13 Plan Be Modified Post-Confirmation in the Eastern District of Michigan?

Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for the adjustment of an individual’s debts, when the individual has regular income, by allowing the debtor to keep property and pay debts over time (usually three to five years) pursuant to a Plan. For information on Chapter 13 generally, see this site.  In these uncertain economic times, […]