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April 2013 Archives

Students struggling with debt may soon see student loan changes

Since the 1970s, student loans have been mostly exempt from bankruptcy discharge. Students and graduates crushed by overwhelming debt have been unable to find relief from their student loans by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Florida's governor and many other politicians from both political sides are listening to student activist groups and advocates about today's student loan problems.

Federal student loan consolidation as debt relief: important tips

In many ways, student loans can help out someone in need of college money, who might not otherwise have the chance at an education. Many student loans allow deferment until after graduation. However, jobs aren't always in demand right after someone gets a degree, leaving the borrower in the unfortunate situation of not being able to pay his or her loans.

New rules on federal exemptions help clarify wage garnishment

Just getting by from day to day can be difficult enough for many Floridians with financial challenges, without the worry of having their wages garnished to pay off their creditors. Millions of people might find themselves facing wage garnishments before filing for bankruptcy. Some exemptions have been put in place to prevent people with certain types of income from suffering hardships resulting from wage garnishment.

Bank of America fined for Orange County mortgage abuse

The $9.3 billion settlement between major banks and the federal government was supposed to provide aid to homeowners in the struggling economy. The agreement was meant to protect them against the types of abusive foreclosure activities lenders were practicing with the "robo-signing" scandal and other actions. But some Florida consumers, judges, and bankruptcy attorneys claim abuse from big lenders still continues. Several homeowners who thought they had debt relief from either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy have experienced uncooperative lenders and continued harassment from collection agencies.

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