11 Years Running

For over 11 years, the Legal Action television show has been airing on a weekly basis throughout the suburbs of Chicago on Comcast. Providing exceptional legal advice in the area of bankruptcy is a valuable tool for many people who are either considering bankruptcy or who have already made that decision to file. The information shared with the viewers over the past 11 years has hopefully helped people feel more comfortable about the process, be better prepared for the process and most importantly, wind up with a fantastic end result. Chapter 7 v. Chapter 13 For many people, chapter 7 is the best option. Chapter 7 will eliminate most debts except for student loans, recent taxes, parking + Read More

In Fear Of Filing For Bankruptcy?

I’m So Afraid To File Bankruptcy There is a very common concern or fear among those that are in debt with regard to filing for bankruptcy relief. They fear what they don't know. They don't know whether they are going to ever get credit again. They fear whether the entire world is going to find out about the bankruptcy filing and whether or not that filing is going to follow them for the rest of their lives. There is also a fear of failure. Some people look at bankruptcy as an absolute failure as a financial endeavor. Others however, look at bankruptcy as the fresh start for which it was really designed to be. Bankruptcy goes all the way back to biblical days. It was also made a part of the + Read More

Requesting Documents Required For Filing Bankruptcy The Right Way

The Bankruptcy Code puts specific demands upon the debtor seeking to eliminate debt through a bankruptcy filing. It is important for clients to realize that these demands are inherent in the bankruptcy code and are not needless demands from their bankruptcy attorney. In many cases, debtors will wrongfully assume that the demand is coming from their attorney. It is important to shift this way of thinking so that the client realizes that the attorney is simply trying to have the debtor fill the requirements of the bankruptcy code. Completion Of Credit Counseling The first major requirement to file for bankruptcy is the completion of a credit counseling session. This is a one hour session + Read More

Full Disclosure Always Best In Bankruptcy

If you're thinking of filing for bankruptcy, take the advice of an experience, bankruptcy attorney. Be honest, truthful, open and revealing when dealing with your bankruptcy lawyer. If you have assets that are going to be unprotected, your lawyer will advise you with regard to those assets. If you have made transfers that could be determined to be fraudulent, your lawyer will advise you as to what can happen with those transfers. Whatever is going on in your financial situation, you must make a full disclosure to your lawyer so that the right thing can be done. Unfortunately, there are times when the bankruptcy lawyer simply does not know what the client has done before, during or after the + Read More

Auto Lender Moved Too Fast To Repossess In An Open Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case

3 Options Regarding Financed Cars When a person files for chapter 7 bankruptcy relief and they have a financed vehicle, the debtor has three options with regard to that secured debt. The debtor can reaffirm the debt on the vehicle, redeem the debt on the vehicle or surrender the vehicle in full satisfaction of the debt. In the majority of cases, I am seeing my clients reaffirm auto loans. They generally like their car, want to keep their car and they need their car to work and live in today's society. In rare cases, the debtor can redeem the debt on the vehicle by paying the original lender the market value of the vehicle in full. This is done through an outside lender who steps into the + Read More

What Happens Once My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Is Filed?

The Automatic Stay Once your chapter 13 bankruptcy case is filed, there are a series of processes and events that take place. Each of these events are required and mandated by the United States Bankruptcy Code and assist in the smooth process of chapter 13 for all parties involved. The first thing that happens is the creation of the automatic stay. The automatic stay happens immediately upon the filing of the chapter 13 bankruptcy case. The creation of the automatic stay puts creditors on notice that certain collection activities for certain debts must cease. This is an immediate benefit that you will receive upon the filing of a chapter 13 bankruptcy case. Notice To Creditors Shortly + Read More

Hesitating To File Bankruptcy Can Cost You Thousands Of Dollars

Nobody sets out with the goal of wanting to file for bankruptcy relief. However, things happen in one's financial life which can lead to that eventuality. For many, there is an unwillingness to jump in and do what makes financial sense. Many people put off filing with the hope that somehow, someway, either their ship will come in or their debt will simply disappear. By hesitating in the decision to file, thousands of dollars can be lost by way of garnishments and bank account seizures. Wage Garnishments I have spoken to clients who have been garnished for months and months before coming in for a consultation. Standard garnishment rates for wages for the state of Illinois amount to 15% of + Read More

Simple Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing Can Become Difficult Depending Upon The Trustee

Difficult Trustees Nobody likes difficult people. Nobody likes to feel that they have been put through the ringer. Nobody wants to feel that they have been harassed, abused, and given an unnecessarily rough ride in the process. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in some Will County chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Let me cite a recent example: An attorney from my office recently was out in Will County for chapter 7, 341 meeting hearings. He had a few meetings at 9:30 AM, followed by a meeting or two concluding at 1:30 PM per the schedule.  What should've been a very easy day turned out to be an extremely difficult day thanks to the Chapter 7 trustee sitting that particular day. Let's + Read More

A Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney’s Christmas Wish List To Chapter 13 Trustees

At the close of every calendar year, I try and reflect about the year past from a bankruptcy standpoint. What was most rewarding about being a chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney? What would've made the practice of law even more rewarding? What types of rulings or policies would I have liked to have seen go in a different direction? Just a few simple thoughts as we enter the Christmas season. More Uniformity 1)   Wouldn't it be great if there was more uniformity among the chapter 13 trustees? There are three chapter 13 trustees which handle the reorganization cases for the bulk of my clients. There is a fourth trustee that has just a handful of my clients per year. A greater sense of uniformity + Read More

Looking Ahead To Next Year With Optimism

A Better Year Awaits As the year comes to a close, people look to the upcoming year with optimism. What can make next year better than the current year? For some this might mean a better relationship, a better job, a healthier lifestyle, and for some a financial fresh start. For those that have struggled during the current year and past years, they envision a future year either free from debt or on a program to manage the debt. What I am referring to is either a chapter 7 fresh start bankruptcy or a chapter 13 reorganization bankruptcy. Either one of these chapters, depending on the person's particular situation, will provide a great form of relief. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Chapter 7 is the + Read More

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