Filing for bankruptcy is a major step, and probably not something you ever wanted to do. You may have been in a major accident, or you or a family member may have experienced an extended illness that resulted in insurmountable medical bills. Budgets may have been cut at work, or you may have found yourself out of a job altogether. Often, there are other accompanying factors too, like divorce, overuse of credit card due to lack of income, and more.
Are you overwhelmed with debt, having reached the point where you can barely pay for the essentials, much less satisfy pay your creditors? You may have been doing your best to cope with escalating financial distress for months now or even years, but have finally decided to explore bankruptcy as an option. While this may be the smartest solution for gaining firm control of your finances, it can also be a difficult decision to make.
We have previously written about how important it is for a Debtor to be honest during the bankruptcy process. This was a particularly important lesson in a Chicago courtroom last month. Lynn Y. Zoiopoulos, an Illinois physician, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison because she concealed assets in her Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
The importance of honesty in the bankruptcy process cannot be overstated. As part of the bankruptcy process, a filer must disclose all property, income, and debts. These declarations are made under penalty of perjury that everything contained in the bankruptcy petition is true and correct to the best of one's knowledge, information, and belief. Honesty in this process is not optional; it is required. Failing to disclose income or assets can have wide-ranging implications from inability to discharge debt through to criminal liability.
For years, New Jersey homeowners saw their homes rise in value. During this time, many homeowners took out second or third mortgages or home equity loans. Even now, eight years after the beginning of the housing crisis, many homeowners are still underwater in their mortgages, owing more than their home is worth.
In a new twist on the student loan crisis, this year has seen a growing number of students paying on their parent's loans. The problem started with the Parent PLUS loan system, a system that is notorious for granting parents large amounts with few strings attached.
Dance Mom Abby Lee Miller is due in court this month to be sentenced for her role in a bankruptcy fraud case. The case began nearly four years ago, when Miller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming her business made only $8,899 per month.
If you are on active military duty, a disabled veteran, or planning to enlist in the armed forces, you may be wondering how your military status may affect your bankruptcy. If you are a member of the armed forces, you have the same right to file for bankruptcy protection as a civilian. In fact, special exemptions apply to military bankruptcies that can help discharge debt that might not otherwise be eligible.