February 2014

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay prohibits debt collectors from taking action against you. Once you obtain your discharge order, which eliminates your dischargeable debts, debt collectors are barred from pursuing collection activity against you for discharged debts. However, it is possible that a collector may try to contact you even after your […]


“Tax Day” is quickly approaching!  Many debtors wonder what happens with their tax refund in a bankruptcy filing. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, the trustee investigates all of the debtor’s non-exempt assets.  Your tax refund (other than possibly the earned income credit portion) is considered a non-exempt asset of the bankruptcy estate. The trustee […]


aWe all know that bankruptcy was created to help individuals recover from debt. However, it may not be so easy to decide if it is the right option for you because there are many factors that must be considered. While there is no formula you can follow to determine if it is the right time […]


Florida Starts 2014 as #1 for Foreclosures

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RealtyTrac®, the California-based source for comprehensive housing data, recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for January 2014. The report tracks foreclosure filings, including default notices, lawsuits, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. There were 124,419 foreclosure filings on properties across the country last month, which is an 8% increase from December, but still down  18% […]


Tips for Talking to Attorneys

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If you are meeting with a lawyer to discuss your financial problems, it probably isn’t something you are excited about. For many people, attorneys are intimidating and seem unapproachable. However, it is important to remember that we are just people trying to help you out. We really don’t have a secret agenda, I promise! To […]


Your House is in Foreclosure: What Should You Do?-Part 2

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Hopefully you have read the first part of this blog that discusses mortgage modifications and short sales. This portion of the blog will examine how filing a Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy can impact your foreclosure. Chapter 7 It is important to understand that when you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the […]


Your House is in Foreclosure: What Should You Do?

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Facing foreclosure is stressful and overwhelming. The thought of your family being thrown out on the street probably keeps you awake at night. You may be aware there are many options available, but it isn’t always easy to know which choice is best for you. This blog will provide a summary of a few actions […]


Justice Department Extends Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

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The Justice Department has announced that it is expanding the federal benefits available to couples in same-sex marriages. This expansion will extend to those states, including Florida, where same-sex marriages are not legal, but only in matters where the U.S. government has jurisdiction. What does this mean? For example, a same-sex couple that was legally […]


South Florida Radio Stations File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Companies owned by radio mogul James Hilliard of Palm Beach County have filed for bankruptcy protection. James Crystal South Florida and James Crystal Inc., the owners of two major South Florida radio stations, have filed Chapter 11 cases. Both companies list their debt to be between $10 and $50 million. The radio stations involved in […]


Nickelodeon Star, Drake Bell, Files Bankruptcy

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Drake Bell, best known for his role on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh”, which aired from 2004 through 2008, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Although the 26-year old reportedly earned $408,000 in 2012, he only made approximately $14,000 in 2013. This drastic decrease in earnings and back taxes in the amount of $46,000 contributed […]


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