September 24, 2017

My Parents’ House is in Foreclosure, What Can I Do?

One of the heartbreaking realities of my practice in insolvency law is getting a phone call from an adult child who has just learned that a credit card company has sued or obtained a judgment against his or her parent, or that their parent’s real estate is in foreclosure because of missed mortgage, HOA or real estate tax payments. In my line of work, it is rare to see a senior citizen with a … [Read more...]

Debt Resolution Programs: Beware, Beware

Look, I know why people have joined or are considering joining so-called "debt resolution" programs; we humans have an innate desire to “do the right thing” and honor our debts. But with so many people turning to me to pick up the pieces of a debt resolution program gone bad, it's time to take a stand against them. The ugly downside of debt arbitration programs As I work with new clients in … [Read more...]

How to Decide Whether Bankruptcy is Right for You

There are financial and emotional reasons to seek bankruptcy protection. Let's consider both categories. Financial questions to ask yourself Are you able to make more than a minimal payment on your debts every month? How many times in the last year have you been late or skipped a payment on a debt? What is your total debt relative to your annual income? The higher your debt to annual … [Read more...]

Eliminate Credit Card and Medical Debts in Bankruptcy

Most of my bankruptcy clients have credit card and medical debts they wish to discharge.  It is rare that a personal bankruptcy filing does not include both. To understand the relationship between the two debts, Dēmos, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization, conducted the 2012 National Survey on Credit Card Debt of Low- and Middle-Income Households this February and … [Read more...]