• How Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Work?

      How Does Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Work? Posted on Aug 26, 2016 By Ed Woods August 26, 2016 by Ed Woods One very powerful remedy that financially strapped consumers have is a discharge pursuant to Chapter 13 of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is so named because it is Chapter 13 of Title 11 of the United States Code.

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    • Should You File Bankruptcy on my Medical Debt?

      Should You File Bankruptcy on my Medical Debt? Posted on Aug 19, 2016 By Amy Tanner August 19, 2016 by Amy Tanner aFor many Americans, the answer to this question should be yes! Medical debt is currently one of the leading reasons that people file for bankruptcy. I see that in my day to day practice and, if I am ever asked to pinpoint the main reason people file for bankru ...

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    • What is a Violation of the Automatic Stay?

      What is a Violation of the Automatic Stay? Posted on Aug 24, 2016 By Bradford Botes August 24, 2016 by Bradford Botes For many of our clients, the automatic stay is the best thing that has happened to them in a long, long time. In fact, in my opinion, there is no other provision of the law that can do more good for an individual more quickly than the automatic stay.

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  • What Income Counts When Filing Bankruptcy?

    It is no surprise that the amount of income you have effects your ability to file a bankruptcy case. However, there are many different types of income. Wages, tips, Social Security, and VA Disability income are just a few. Be aware that just because you may not have to file income taxes on all or a part of your income, that doesn’t mean you can leave it out when filing bankruptcy.

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  • FCC Cracks Down on Robo-Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed an $82 million fine against a man who has allegedly made millions of automated sales calls. The FCC has accused Philip Roesel and Best Insurance Contracts dba Wilmington Insurance Quotes, of violating the Truth in Caller ID act. According to the FCC, Roesel and his company made 21 million automated calls, also known as ro ...

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  • Episode 19 – Next Lawyer Up with Ron Sykstus featuring Larry Heinkel

    This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Larry Heinkel I was recently in Tampa Bay, Florida for a hearing and I thought I would catch up with attorney Larry Heinkel. Larry’s office is nearby, in St. Pete, and he represents taxpayers nationwide on their federal tax problems. His website name really sums up what he does – www.taxproblemsolver.com.

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  • We Can Do More to Honor Our Veterans

    Last month I blogged about issue of debt collection against our veterans and the issue of the treatment of our veterans continues to weigh on my mind. It would not be hard for anyone reading my blogs to determine I am a liberal. In fact, a description of me as a Yellow Dog Democrat will never offend me. And as a liberal, I generally believe war stinks. In fact, I hate it.

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  • Have You Been Sued by National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts (NCSLT)?

    First of all, if you have been sued by any of the NCSLT trusts, don’t delay! Failure to answer a NCLST lawsuit will result in a default judgment against you which means you lose. Judgments can have very severe and detrimental consequences to consumers on many different fronts. What is a Judicial Lien? Are You Being Sued or Harassed By a Debt Buyer? Debt Buyer Lawsuits ...

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  • Famed O. J. Simpson Defense Lawyer F. Lee Bailey Files Bankruptcy

    The Bangor (Maine) Daily News recently reported that F. Lee Bailey has filed for bankruptcy in Maine. According to the news story, Mr. Bailey sought bankruptcy relief to resolve an outstanding federal tax debt from a dispute that ended his legal career. Reportedly, Mr. Bailey is a resident of the State of Maine, having moved there in 2010 and that is why he filed his case in that state. Mr.

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  • Divorce After 50 and Surviving Financially

    Divorce can be a very challenging process for many. There has been an upward shift in divorce after 50. Researchers coin the phrase “Gray Divorce” to describe this. The National Center for Family & Marriage Research reports the divorce rate among adults over age 50 doubled and tripled for those over 65 between 1990 and 2014.

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  • What is an Insider Payment?

    The bankruptcy code defines an insider as either a relative, a relative of a general partner, a general partner of the person filing bankruptcy or a corporation in which the person filing bankruptcy is an officer, director or personal in control. When filing bankruptcy you must answer whether you have made a payment on any debt owed to an insider within the last 12 months of filing bankruptcy.

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