California law, effective January 1, 2023, will assure those who file bankruptcy that they can keep their car as long as they stay current on payments. The onerous requirement that a debtor give up their discharge as it pertains to the car lender is eliminated. The same bill, SB 1099, increases the exemption for equity […]
Is There Life After Bankruptcy?
Is bankruptcy worth it? If you see filing bankruptcy to get a fresh start as painful or less than honorable, you might wonder what life is like, on the other side of bankruptcy. What’s the return on taking the big step? I got a report from the other side this week from a Chapter 7 […]
What’s Your Retirement Theme Song?
Why does April tax season put me in mind of September Song ? Oh, the days dwindle down, to a precious few…. A precious few days to make your contribution to tax advantaged retirement accounts. Or, do you tap your foot to a different song: Do You Believe in Magic? Do you expect that finances in your […]
Pay No Tax On Debt Discharged In Bankruptcy
Debt discharged in bankruptcy is tax free, even if you get a 1099 claiming otherwise. It’s unnerving when you get a 1099 after you thought the debt, and all its complications, were gone. But for bankruptcy clients, the answer is simple: Debt discharged in bankruptcy is not taxable. Tax on cancelled debt The tax code […]
Find The Hidden Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction In Bankruptcy
Is your Chapter 13 plan paying back mortgage payments that were delinquent when you filed bankruptcy? If so, a mortgage interest tax deduction lurks, unclaimed, in the trustee’s records. Track down that tax deduction, add it to your tax return, and you reduce your federal income tax burden. But it’s difficult because, for reasons I […]
The Difference Between Good Bankruptcy Lawyer and Great Bankruptcy Lawyer
Finding the right bankruptcy lawyer may be the difference between a successful bankruptcy and a nightmare. Choosing a lawyer you can talk to is critical because the basic bankruptcy bargain is full disclosure in exchange for discharge of debts. You’ll be disclosing lots of information normally held confidential. But there’s more. It’s not just a […]
Pay Off Credit Cards Without Interest: Bankruptcy For The Solvent
Once again, Chapter 13 rescued a client. He’ll get out of debt and pay off credit cards with no interest going forward. So many people tell me they could pay off the credit card balance if it wasn’t for the high interest. This client owned a home, had a job, and was solvent on paper, but […]
No House, No Discharge When Chapter 13 Goes Off Script
Sound the alarm. Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases are getting tossed out when debtors fail to make mortgage payments. What began as a trickle of Chapter 13 cases ending badly has become a torrent. More and more, bankruptcy judges are strictly enforcing the direct pay term of Chapter 13 plans. If your plan says you will […]
How Much Should You Pay To Get Out Of Debt?
Shop for a bankruptcy lawyer, and you’ll end up wondering what bankruptcy should cost. When you’re flat broke and under pressure, cheaper sure looks better. If a lawyer will do your Chapter 7 for $600, what’s the point of paying $1000? Or even $2000? Like answers to many legal questions, it depends. Bankruptcy relief depends on […]
What Happens To Your Bank Account in Chapter 13
Those considering filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy worry about “what happens to my bank account?” Will the trustee take all the money? How do I pay my living expenses after I file? The short answer is: nothing changes. The account remains yours and available for all the expenses of day to day living. Because, in […]
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