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Top Four Reasons to File Bankruptcy Prior to Divorce

1. Cost • Legal fees and filing fees are the same cost when you file a case individually or jointly with your soon-to-be ex. • Legal fees for divorce are likely to be lower when allocation of debts does not need to be addressed by both parties. 2. Asset Retention • All bankruptcy filers protect […]

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Can I Get A Mortgage After Bankruptcy? – Matthew C. Swanson, Esq

Many people shy away from exploring debt solutions in bankruptcy for fear that they will never qualify for a mortgage.  Credit card companies and debt negotiation companies will have you believe that this is true, however, there is no merit to this assertion.  Whether you may get a mortgage after bankruptcy depends on what chapter […]

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Eliminating Student Loans Outside of Bankruptcy

Are student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy?  The answer is generally, no.  Student loans can only be discharged if you can show that repaying the loan would cause an “undue hardship”.  Although paying student loans is a hardship for almost everyone, the standard established by the bankruptcy courts is very difficult to meet.  The Debtor must show […]

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Do You Know How Much Your Debt is Costing You?

Many of my clients will consider themselves financially stable if they are able to make their minimum monthly payments on their debt.  I am often told, “I’m OK because I’m current.”  Let’s take a closer look at what “being current” costs you.   For purposes of this exercise, let’s assume that Client A has credit […]

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Elizabeth Warren measure would forbid employers from looking at job applicant’s credit history – Noah Bierman, Boston Globe

  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren announced today that she will introduce a measure to forbid employers from requiring credit histories on job applicants. The Massachusetts Democrat’s measure has support from dozens of liberal consumer groups, who argue that credit history is a poor measure of character and discriminates against the economically disadvantaged. But it […]

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Should I Wait to File Bankruptcy After the Holidays?

December tends to be the slowest month of the year for bankruptcy attorneys.  Most bankruptcy candidates want to focus on their family and friends during this time of year, not their financial woes.  Others simply cannot carve out any time to see an attorney during the hectic holiday season.  Some, however, believe that they should […]

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How Will the Government Shutdown Affect My Bankruptcy?

As we are entering the second week of the government shutdown, we seem to have more questions than answers regarding the impact of the shutdown on the bankruptcy Courts, those involved in active bankruptcy cases, and potential filers.  Since the Department of Justice falls under the wing of the “non-essential” government departments, there is reason […]

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Matthew was highly recommended to me by a number of mutual professional contacts and for good reason. Having just gone through a divorce and in the process of short-selling the jointly owned home with my ex-husband, I had the additional stress of needing to file personal bankruptcy. Matthew was great to work with: very personable and was able to explain the process in layman's terms so I could understand everything that was going to happen. Not only did Matthew make a very stressful process easier, he was able to complete and file all necessary paperwork in time for my ex-husband and I to close the then pending short-sale.

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