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Bankruptcy & Mediation

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Mediation is a non-judicial proceeding which has begun to play an increasingly prominent role in bankruptcy. In mediation, a third party neutral (the mediator) listens to a dispute with the hopes that all sides can overcome their disagreements and find common ground. Used most commonly in large Chapter 11 bankruptcies, mediation has begun to… Read More »

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What are Allowed Living Expenses in a Chapter 13 Repayment Plan

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The repayment plan is the centerpiece of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This plan can last up to five years, and it identifies how much you will pay to your creditors. Any debt that remains at the end of the repayment period gets wiped out, and you can walk away free. At its simplest, a… Read More »

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Bankruptcy & Mobile Homes in Florida

By Nowack & Olson, PLLC |

Indebted consumers in Florida can typically choose between two bankruptcies—Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. With a Chapter 13, consumers do not lose any property, but they will need to stick to a repayment plan for 3-5 years before debts are discharged. With a Chapter 7, however, debtors can lose non-exempt property, which the trustee… Read More »

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Tangible Benefits of Filing for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

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A little discussed research paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has highlighted the many benefits of filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Looking at roughly half a million filings, the two researchers found that those who complete a Chapter 13 tend to make more money and live longer than those who don’t…. Read More »

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Rapper Lil Kim Files for Bankruptcy

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Financial troubles seem to hit the wealthy just as frequently as the average working American. In a news scoop from last month, TMZ reported that famed rapper Lil Kim filed for bankruptcy protection in New Jersey. As reported in court documents, Kim is up to her eyeballs in debt to the tune of $4… Read More »

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Converting a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to a Chapter 7

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A Chapter 13 bankruptcy offers some advantages over a Chapter 7, but it is not for everyone. As an example, you don’t need to hand over non-exempt property, such as your car or investment property, to the trustee in a Chapter 13. However, you do have to complete a repayment plan that can last… Read More »

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Can You Pay a Chapter 13 Plan Off Early?

By Nowack & Olson, PLLC |

The cornerstone of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the repayment plan. This plan lasts three to five years, and you pay off priority debts along with a portion of nonpriority debt (which is usually unsecured debt like credit cards). At the end of the repayment plan, any remaining unsecured debt gets wiped out and… Read More »

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Can I File for Bankruptcy if I am Not Behind on Bills?

By Nowack & Olson, PLLC |

Every now and then we hear from someone with a very high credit score and no collection accounts who nevertheless is under financial distress. This person wonders if they can file for bankruptcy to obtain peace of mind or whether they must wait until their accounts go into collections before filing. This is an… Read More »

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Will You Lose Your Jewelry in Bankruptcy?

By Nowack & Olson, PLLC |

Bankruptcy protection is usually a good deal for most indebted consumers. Filing will immediately halt all collection efforts, such as creditor lawsuits and repossessions. Also, you can typically discharge (wipe out) unsecured debts like credit card debts and medical debt entirely. However, bankruptcy does come with some downsides. One concern we hear from consumers… Read More »

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Why Do People Fail to Complete a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

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Chapter 13 has proven itself to be an attractive alternative to Chapter 7 liquidation. With a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, consumers can retain all of their non-exempt property while using disposable income to pay off a portion of their unsecured debt over the course of a few years. At the end of the repayment period,… Read More »

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