Wage Garnishment and Bankruptcy

Wage garnishment is a legal procedure in which a portion of a debtor’s earnings are withheld by his or her employer to repay creditors. Garnishment is a fairly severe consequence and is usually used only when an employee is seriously behind on his or her debts....

Child Support and Bankruptcy

Both parents have a legal responsibility to financially care for their child. Courts take this obligation very seriously and generally won’t relieve a parent of this duty. If you’re paying child support and considering filing for bankruptcy, you may want...

Your Options When You Can’t Repay Student Loans

It can be scary when you cannot pay back your student loans, and the consequences of defaulting on loans can be severe. Several options are available to you when you cannot make the payments on your student loans. These options include: Delaying payments on your loans...

Can Filing for Bankruptcy Clear Credit Card Debt?

Yes, declaring certain forms of bankruptcy can clear most of your credit card debt. It can also help you form a repayment plan and stop a credit card company from harassing you. You can file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to clear credit card debt. It is the Bankruptcy...

Facing Foreclosure? How Bankruptcy Can Help

Many Americans fall behind on their mortgage payments. Some lenders and mortgage companies may be willing to work out deals with homeowners, such as a short sale or loan modification. Most lenders are not. Here’s how bankruptcy can help when lenders begin the...

Reasons to File for Chapter 13 Instead of Chapter 7

Not every debtor qualifies for Chapter 7. In some cases, repaying debt over time in a court-approved Chapter 13 repayment plan provides benefits that are unavailable in Chapter 7. The following is a comparison of Chapter 13 vs Chapter 7 bankruptcy. For additional...

Can I Keep My Home After Filing Bankruptcy?

The answer, like so many others in law, is that “it depends.” Most people that declare bankruptcy can keep their houses throughout the process, but some are not. Keeping your home is often the biggest worry about filing for bankruptcy – and which Chapter...

Can You Clear Medical Debt in Bankruptcy?

Yes, you can eliminate, or discharge, most medical debts if you declare Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy (two types of consumer bankruptcy). Medical bills are considered “nonpriority” or general unsecured debt. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can get rid of all...

What Is Probate?

Everything you need to know about the probate process and how it works. Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person’s estate — the collection of everything they owned when they died — which eventually ends when the deceased’s property is...

What You Should Never Put In Your Will

Leaving these assets out your will can actually help your loved ones and heirs. A last will and testament is the foundation of an estate plan, which lets you plan for your estate after you’re gone. However, there are certain things that you might not want to put in...