If you are struggling with debt, you are well aware of this timeless fact: creditors are relentless in their pursuit of money. They are willing to engage in all manner of collection efforts, including harassing letters and phone calls to get what they believe they are owed. Sometimes, creditors will even file lawsuits against debtors.
Bankruptcy is a process in which debtors either give up assets or reach a payment plan in order to pay off creditors, with the ultimate goal of discharging all qualifying debt. There is a lot of hard work and emotional energy that goes into accomplishing this feat. When the dust settles after a bankruptcy court discharges a person's debt, they may feel a great sense of relief.
Nobody wants to file bankruptcy. On either a personal or business basis, no one manages their finances or starts their own business with a vision of financial turmoil. Rather, we work hard, take risks, and do the best we can to provide for our families. Unfortunately, things happen along the way that can send us spiraling down a financial path we did not want to travel.
Do you share a bank account with another person? Has a creditor levied upon that joint account to satisfy a judgment that was entered against one of you? Are you afraid that your money in that joint account will go towards paying off the other person's debt? If so, a recent Appellate Division ruling will come as good news.
Attorney Shelley Slafkes recently spoke as a panelist in the Financial Reform Summit, hosted by New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (NJCAEF). The NJCEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial empowerment of low income and moderate income people in New Jersey. Together with community leaders, the summit brought together advocates, students, elected officials, financial institutions, small business owners and other stakeholders to hear experts and leaders talk about some of the most pressing economic issues facing New Jerseyans.
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.
You've found the one. You've planned the wedding. You're ready to walk down that aisle, but you want to know, when your officiant asks "if you take this person to be your spouse, for richer or for poorer," what are you agreeing to?
If you are a business owner who is drowning in debt, it may be time to consider filing a business bankruptcy. Depending upon the financial situation your company is facing, you may want to reorganize or liquidate the business.
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a student loan debt relief scam has illegally been tricking borrowers into paying for federal loan benefits. Student Aid Institute, Inc., misrepresented to consumers that it was affiliated with the Department of Education.