Readers of Bankruptcy Soapbox vote for their favorite bits of bankruptcy and money advice with their eyeballs.
I’ve tallied the eyeballs on the 48 posts written in 2018, and, cue the fanfare, present the top 10 most-read new posts for this year.
The pundit’s proposition that irresponsibility was the cause of bankruptcy made me furious. Four decades of bankruptcy practice suggests that the root causes of bankruptcy relief have much more to do with laudable human activities and unavoidable bad luck. See if you agree.
Thirteen years after the miserably written bankruptcy reform act became law, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made one thing clear: the discharge in a Chapter 13 case wipes out the debtor’s personal liability for HOA dues that arose after the filing of the case.
Filing bankruptcy automatically makes the continuation of most collection actions unlawful. That’s the power of bankruptcy. But that power has its limits. These five kinds of legal actions can proceed despite a bankruptcy filing.
What happens if you accidentally leave a creditor out of the list of creditors filed in your bankruptcy case? Having screwed up, can you recover? We look at when you can fix the mistake and whether that fix really solves the problem.
My client, with a fine income, a home, and a working spouse, escaped $370,000 in credit card debt for pennies. The power of Chapter 13 is that you keep your assets and pay only what your income or your assets allow. Protection while you pay and no tax when debt is discharged. Sweet.
Creditors and the debt-settlement companies want you to think that life as you know it ends if you seek relief in bankruptcy. Tain’t so. Here is a clear-eyed look at seven ways that your economic life changes after your discharge. None are negative.
The Affordable Care Act imposed a penalty for not having health insurance, collected by the IRS. I caught the IRS trying to collect that penalty twice: once as a part of my client’s tax debt for the year, and again as a separate tax on the IRS proof of claim. Challenged, the IRS reduced its demand.
Homeowners who got title through inheritance or a divorce decree have historically been treated as outsiders by mortgage servicers. If the present owner wasn’t also the sole borrower on the secured loan, mortgage modification and even monthly statements were denied. No more under new federal law.
In which I go off on a national financial service focusing on all the wrong things when looking at bankruptcy as an option for financial woes. The question of whether to file bankruptcy has no simple or universal answer, and is NOT, in my view, driven by its effect on your credit score.
Mortgage servicers can no longer hide behind bankruptcy law to justify withholding monthly mortgage statements to a borrower who wants to pay the home loan. Federal law now requires monthly statements, and protects servicer from a claim that it violates the law by doing so. Score one for homeowners!
Next time, I’ll assemble my personal favorites from this year’s batch of posts.
Have a happy and prosperous New Year.