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Recent Posts in Repossession Category

  • Car Repossession and Bankruptcy

    A common preceding cause of a bankruptcy filing is a car repossession. On a basic level, a car loan is a secured debt. This means that unlike failure to make your credit card payments, which can result in lawsuits and judgments down the road, failure to make a car payment gives the holder of that secured interest the right to repossess the vehicle in order to pay off the debt. Bankruptcy offers a ...
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  • Surrendering Property in Bankruptcy

    A common misconception about bankruptcy, especially Chapter 7 bankruptcy, is that you lose all of your property upon filing. This isn't true; we've discussed in this space how bankruptcy exemptions and a lack of equity in property can protect your property and allow you to keep most, if not all, of it throughout your bankruptcy. On the flip side of that, though, Chapter 7 can be a convenient ...
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  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Part I

    The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is a federal statute originally signed into law in the late 1970s that is designed to provide protection to consumers from unethical and/or illegal actions by debt collectors. At the time of the promulgation of the act, Congress stated that it had substantial evidence of bad practices by so-called debt collectors, including abuse of consumers, deception, and ...
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  • The Bankruptcy Petition and Schedules, Part II

    Last week we started to address the various schedules that constitute a bankruptcy petition. We addressed Schedule A (covering real property), Schedule B (covering personal property), and Schedule C (detailing the exemptions used to shield assets listed on both Schedules A & B). Now, we turn to schedules that address and detail your debt. Schedule D Schedule D lists all of your secured debts. ...
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  • Common Causes of Bankruptcy

    Every situation is different, and each bankruptcy case is unique in the circumstances that precipitated its filing. This is one of the things that makes bankruptcy a complex area of law, as each individual has a different situation that must be addressed in their bankruptcy petition. At the same time, however, there are several common causes leading to bankruptcy that seem to encompass most cases. ...
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  • Secured Creditors and the Automatic Stay

    We discussed yesterday the basic concepts of the automatic stay in a bankruptcy case. The automatic stay stops all debt collection efforts from the onset of the filing of the bankruptcy case. This also includes any efforts by a secured creditor, such as your mortgage or car company, to collect on their debt with you. In certain situations, including if the debtor is late on payments to their ...
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  • What Happens If You Don't Pay Your Debt?

    When you don't pay your debt, debt collectors and collection agencies can both report your debt to credit bureaus and also pursue legal options. These legal remedies can include filing a lawsuit in either state or federal court; obtaining a judgment; and any attempts to collect on judgments. These attempts to collect after a judgment has been entered can include garnishments, citations, ...
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