Remember the old high school cheer: two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Turns out, that’s not just a cheer, it’s shorthand for the rule on when you can file bankruptcy again. And it points out that when you can file again depends on what kind of bankruptcy you filed last time. Here’s how […]
Bankruptcy Discharge For One Spouse Yields Benefits For Non-filing Spouse
Spouses don’t have to file bankruptcy together. Often there are strategic reasons for only one spouse in a community property state like California to file. So, where does that leave the non-filing spouse when creditors come calling? Community property in bankruptcy Central to this discussion is the way the Bankruptcy Code treats community property. When […]
The Secret Bankruptcy Discharge For Community Property
Psst! Let me tell you a secret about bankruptcy law. You can get 3/4 of the benefits of a bankruptcy discharge without ever going near a bankruptcy court if you are a married person in California, or any other community property state. If your spouse files bankruptcy and you don’t join in, you still reap much […]
Does Debt Discharged In Bankruptcy Stay Gone Forever?
Can debt bankruptcy in bankruptcy come back to haunt me? Worried clients ask me this all the time, fearful that the relief they get from their creditors in bankruptcy is only temporary. The short answer is no. The automatic stay that stops collectors when you file bankruptcy is replaced, at the end of the case, […]
Does THIS Violate My Bankruptcy Discharge?
When creditors contact you after your bankruptcy, you need to know what actions violate the discharge, and which are permitted by law. Having been through the financial wringer and having been proactive to get out from under old bills, you hope for a tranquil and prosperous life after bankruptcy. When creditors violate the discharge, they […]
Do I Have To File Bankruptcy Before There’s A Judgment?
Can I discharge a judgment once it’s entered, was the first question the caller asked. Do I have time to file bankruptcy? The caller was sure he had to file bankruptcy before the court entered judgment or he’d be stuck with the judgment forever. Not so. Bankruptcy discharges judgments. And, a judgment in California does not […]
Bank Account Safe From Credit Card Debt
Your bank can’t take your money in an account to pay their credit card. That’s one less thing to stress about. Credit cards and bank accounts are an exception to the old saw that possession is 9/10th of the the law. After all, the bank would have possession of the money on deposit and a […]
Skip Filing Your Tax Return And The Tax Lives Forever
It’s tax season and tax myths are everywhere. Know what the most dangerous one is? If you can’t pay the tax on the return, you’ll escape collection action if you keep a low profile by not filing the return. I hear it repeatedly, each year, year after year. And it’s wrong, over and over. Four […]