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You Can Protect Your Tax Refund in Bankruptcy

The beginning of the year is always the busiest season for filing bankruptcy. Nobody likes to think about their financial troubles during the holidays, and often the holiday spending that so many businesses rely upon is the same tipping point for balanced debt to begin spiraling out of control. But … [Read more...]

A Debt Collector Threatened Me with Fraud and Jail. Can They Do That?

Lawrence & Associates has told you before about creditor harassment, and with a list of things the creditor can and cannot do. We’ve also talked repeatedly about illegal scams where someone calls and pretends to be a debt collector in order to swindle you out of money. This post is slightly … [Read more...]

Steps To Take Before, During, and After a Bankruptcy To Reduce The Impact On Your Credit

Many people wonder how they can protect their credit during a bankruptcy. There are actually several steps you can take before, during, and after a bankruptcy to help reduce the bankruptcy’s impact on your credit to the greatest extent possible. The Fort Mitchell, Kentucky offices of Lawrence & … [Read more...]

Lawrence & Associates Help a Client Keep Her Home Using Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

There are many reasons that individuals and families find they can no longer afford to pay monthly bills. Some may have recently gone through a divorce or been saddled with overwhelming medical bills. Others have been injured at work or in an accident and are unable to earn an income. Many are … [Read more...]

Illness and Overwhelming Medical Bills Send Many into Bankruptcy

According to a 2007 study, 62.1% of all bankruptcies have a medical cause and the share of bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 50% between 2001 and 2007. [1] Moreover, a recent article in Forbes highlighted one woman’s story of illness and mounting debt and stated that overwhelming … [Read more...]

A Fresh Take on Bankruptcy: Filing for Bankruptcy Can Benefit Individuals, Companies and Society

The Webster Dictionary defines bankruptcy as the quality or state of being bankrupt or the utter failure or impoverishment. Although the definition of bankruptcy gives off a negative connotation, it doesn’t have to. Filing for bankruptcy can benefit individuals, companies and society as a whole. A … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy Explained: Stopping Foreclosure Through Bankruptcy or Loan Modifications

If you are struggling financially and have not been able to keep up with your mortgage payments, a personal bankruptcy filing under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 can suspend foreclosure actions and help you get a fresh financial start. There are also ways that you can avoid foreclosure without filing for … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy Explained: Protecting Your Paycheck From Creditors

If you have received notice that a creditor is suing for the right to garnish your wages, or if they have already begun to deduct money from your paycheck, it is time to seriously consider your options in bankruptcy. Many people find themselves facing wage garnishment when they were already having … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy Explained: Can Debt Consolidation Protect Me from Creditors?

A consolidation or “workout” is an attempt to modify one or multiple debts without the need for bankruptcy, usually through a debt consolidation agency. The main issue with a workout is that most debt consolidation companies don’t provide local creditors with a contract that enforces the … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy Explained: Understanding Property Exemptions – Keeping Your House and Car

If you file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, you can always keep your property. If you file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the United States bankruptcy code allows you to keep your house, keep your car, and keep your property so long as your equity in that property is below certain thresholds at the time the … [Read more...]