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Does Filing Bankruptcy Mean I Have to Go to Court?

Last updated Dec. 14, 2017. For most people, lawyers and lawsuits conjure up images of wood-paneled courtrooms with scary judges presiding over heated exchanges. “ORDER IN THE COURT! OBJECTION, YOUR HONOR!” Many bankruptcy clients are concerned that a judge will be reviewing and second-guessing their petition. This concern is usually unwarranted. In the vast majority…

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Can I File Bankruptcy Without My Spouse? Will My Bankruptcy Hurt My Family?

One of the most common questions bankruptcy attorneys receive is: “How will filing for bankruptcy affect my spouse?” The issue comes up most frequently when only one spouse is planning to file for bankruptcy. Many have the mistaken impression that because they are married, their spouse is automatically responsible for their debts. This is not…

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Are Arbitration Agreements Enforceable In Bankruptcy?

Arbitration and Bankruptcy Pursuant to Supreme Court decisions broadly applying the enforceability of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) mandatory arbitration clauses are becoming more common in consumer contracts of all kinds. Arbitration, with its limited discovery and lack of judicial review, appeals to large corporations weary of the unpredictable jury. However, the case by case…

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Filing Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer? Know The Risks

ContentsYes, you can file bankruptcy without the help of a lawyer. Is it advisable? Definitely NOT!Bankruptcy Laws Changed Dramatically in 2005Local Rules and Customs Further Complicate MattersPotential Pitfalls for Pro Se DebtorsMost Firms Offer Payment Plans Yes, you can file bankruptcy without the help of a lawyer. Is it advisable? Definitely NOT! There is an…

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180 Day Wait Period to Refile Bankruptcy After Dismissal

Dismissal of a bankruptcy case is unfortunate and can happen for a number of reasons. The Bankruptcy Code places numerous responsibilities on debtors and failure to comply can jeopardize your case; making it important to consult with a knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney before filing. When a bankruptcy case is dismissed without issuance of a discharge, you…

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I Filed Bankruptcy: How Can I Rebuild My Credit Score?

Follow these steps to rebuild your FICO score after bankruptcy Will I be able to get credit after filing for bankruptcy? How can I rebuild my credit after filing for bankruptcy? These are two important questions commonly asked by those who have been forced to file for bankruptcy protection. A discharge in bankruptcy provides a…

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