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Medical Bills, Bankruptcy, and Trump – How the Pending AHCA Bill Could Affect Bankruptcy Filings

The following post is part of our Law Student Blog Writing Project, and is authored by Ian Fasnacht, a law student from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, took effect in 2010 and has been the center of political tension for almost … [Read more...]

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and How it Protects You

The following post is part of our Law Student Blog Writing Project, and is authored by Caitlin DiCrease, a law student from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. What is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act? The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” for short) is a federal law under … [Read more...]

When a Civil Defendant Files for Bankruptcy

Justin Lawrence wrote this article to teach other attorneys how to handle a personal injury case, such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall, when the defendant in the case files for bankruptcy.  If you have a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim, the case law and advice in this article can … [Read more...]

Credit Card Purchases: Why Calculating Interest Is the Most Important Step You’ll Ever Take

Credit cards are ubiquitous in American society. We get offers to take out a new credit card when we turn eighteen, prisoners get offers to take out credit cards while they are still in jail, and even the recently deceased still get offers to take out a credit card well after the day they died. It … [Read more...]

Understanding the Rights a Mortgage Company Has After Bankruptcy

The following post is part of our Law Student Blog Writing Project, and is authored by Mark Ashley Hatfield, a Juris Doctor student at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Understanding the Rights a Mortgage Company Has After Bankruptcy Most homeowners in America do not own their home free … [Read more...]

The Injured Plaintiff’s Bankruptcy — Pitfalls for the Civil Litigator

Justin Lawrence recently wrote an article for the Advocate, Kentucky’s trial lawyer community’s premier publication, about what needs to be done when a person who is injured by an automobile accident, slip and fall, or workplace injury files for bankruptcy while their lawsuit is still … [Read more...]

What are the effects on my spouse if I file bankruptcy?

In this video, Justin Lawrence talks about the effect on a non-filing husband or wife when their spouse needs to file bankruptcy. What happens to their assets? Which debts get discharged? And what happens to the non-filing spouse’s credit score? Watch this video to find those answers and more! … [Read more...]

How Long Do I Have to Wait Between Bankruptcies?

In this video, Justin Lawrence discusses the complicated rules governing how long you must wait between bankruptcy filings, depending on what kind of bankruptcy was filed previously (Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13), what kind of bankruptcy is being filed now, whether a discharge occurred in the prior … [Read more...]

How does filing bankruptcy affect my credit score?

In this video, Justin Lawrence addresses a problem many people worry about before filing bankruptcy:  the effect that filing bankruptcy will have on their credit score.  Several rules of thumb are given that address when the opportunity to take out a loan will become available, how long interest … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Taking Out Debt Before Filing Bankruptcy

Justin Lawrence from Lawrence & Associates talks about the dangers of taking out debt before filing bankruptcy, including the 90 day presumption of abuse used by bankruptcy courts to discourage the use of credit cards and loans within 90 days before filing a bankruptcy. This video applies to … [Read more...]