Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Timeline

Chapter 7 bankruptcy may seem intimidating, but as you can tell from the following infographic, the steps that go into successfully completing your case are pretty straightforward. For those of you who may not be able to view the image, the text follows: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Timeline Initial Consultation Meet with an attorney to discuss your [...]

Bankruptcy and Your Credit Report – Frequently Asked Questions

How Does a Bankruptcy Affect my Credit Score? If you've been doing a great job making payments on your debts, bankruptcy will have a significant impact on your credit score in the short term. However, by the time you start thinking seriously about bankruptcy you've probably either started missing payments or are on the verge of doing [...]

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Bankruptcy Means Test Median Income by State – After November 1, 2018

Your household income is an important element in determining whether you are eligible for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and calculating the payment amount and duration of a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy repayment plan. The bankruptcy means test compares your income to the median income for the same size household in the your state. If you make less than [...]

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Two Common Mistakes That Put Your Social Security at Risk

Under both federal and Colorado law, Social Security is exempt, or safe, from the vast majority of your creditors. For example, if you are sued by a credit card company and they get a judgment against you, they can’t garnish the Social Security directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. However, once those funds [...]

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Why You Must List All Your Assets in Your Bankruptcy – Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller Indicted on Charges of Bankruptcy Fraud

"If I don't list it, how will the court know about it?" This is a common question I receive when I tell prospective clients that they need to list all their assets in a bankruptcy. The answer I generally give is "I don't know how the court will find out, but if you hide it and [...]

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Bankruptcy, Retirement, and Estate Planning

When planning for retirement, you may be focused on saving up the money you'll need to live comfortably after you've left the workforce. And when planning your will and trust, the primary focus is probably making sure that your loved ones are well taken care of by passing down as much of your property possible. Surprisingly, bankruptcy can help you achieve [...]

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Bank Account Garnished? Here’s What To Do Now

You’re checking out at the grocery store and the debit card is declined. That can’t be right, I just got paid yesterday, you think. You call your bank to find out what the problem is and they tell you that you’re overdrawn by $150 because a creditor has garnished your bank account.  Many people who face [...]

Bankruptcy § 341 Meeting of Creditors Locations By County

While there is only one bankruptcy court for Colorado, which is located in Denver, where you live plays a big part in your case. Not only does it determine whether you're eligible for a chapter 7 bankruptcy and dictate allowable expenses in a chapter 13 bankruptcy, but it also determines where your 341 Meeting of [...]

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Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors – What will the Trustee Ask?

Attorney Charles E. Longtine posted a useful article on the Colorado Consumer Bankruptcy Association's blog about commonly asked questions at the 341 Meeting of Creditors. The first few questions he lists are: Have you previously filed bankruptcy? If so when? Why are you filing bankruptcy? Did you review the bankruptcy petition? Is the information correct? [...]

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