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Educational Debts that Can Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

AREN'T STUDENT LOANS NOT ABLE TO BE DISCHARGED IN BANKRUPTCY? Student loans are generally difficult to discharge—legally write off—in bankruptcy. Most of the time you have to prove ...
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Solving the Child/Spousal Support Dilemma

If you fall behind on child or spousal support in California, you can be hit by some super aggressive collection actions by your ex-spouse or support enforcement agency. Those actions can't be ...
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Avoid Having to Sell Home to Prevent Foreclosure

Your home is likely your biggest asset, and your mortgage your biggest debt. Whatever you do with that asset and that debt has a big effect on your present and future financial life. If you are having ...
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Filing Bankruptcy and My Security Clearance

WILL FILING BANKRUPTCY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH MY SECURITY CLEARANCE? The short answer is that the filing of a bankruptcy case itself will not affect your security clearance. However, the reasons that a ...
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Why You Should Not Delay Filing for Bankruptcy

As a bankruptcy lawyer I want to help my clients resolve their financial situation and eliminate their debts. One of the largest frustrations I encounter is when a client can't use the bankruptcy ...
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Son's Juvenile Detention Costs Ruled Dischargeable in Chapter 7

THE FACTS Maria Rivera filed a Chapter 7 case in the Santa Ana Division of the bankruptcy court. She included among her debts $9,905 owed to the Orange County Probation Department for costs related to ...
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Discharging Student Loans related to ITT Technical Institute's Closing

In early September, ITT Educational Services announced that it was immediately closing all 136 of its ITT Technical Institute branches nationwide. This included 9 in Southern California. As of late ...
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Can You Claim a Homestead Exemtpion If You Are Not Living in the Home?

The homestead exemption determines how much equity in your home you can protect from your creditors. When you file bankruptcy in California, usually California statutes determine the amount of your ...
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Increase in Homestead Exemption for Recently Acquired Homes in California

WHAT ARE PROPERTY "EXEMPTION" LAWS IN BANKRUPTCY? When you file a bankruptcy case, your property and possessions are protected through a set of "exemptions" under California law. ...
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Stop an Eviction in California through Bankruptcy

Filing a bankruptcy stops the eviction process in California, but only if it hasn't gone too far. The topic of today's blog post is how far is too far. A very recent appeals court ruling in a ...
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When Can I Use California's Property Exemptions If I've Moved Here?

My last blog asked how long you need to live in California before being able to file bankruptcy here. In general you must live here for at least 91 days. I ended that blog post saying that ...
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Social Security Act Benefits Exclusion is Broadened by the 9th Circuit BAP

THE ROLE OF "CURRENT MONTHLY INCOME" IN CHAPTER 13 Whether or not a particular source of a debtor's incoming funds is considered part of his or her "current monthly income" can ...
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Where Should My Bankruptcy Case Be Filed?

This is one of those questions that has a very easy answer, for most people. But then can get more complicated for others. I'll start by making clear that this blog post is about people filing ...
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Timing Issues for Passing the Means Test

WHAT'S THE MEANS TEST? The means test determines whether or not you qualify for Chapter 7 "straight bankruptcy." Those who don't pass the test are considered in the eyes of the law ...
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The Risks of Using a Paralegal to File for Bankruptcy

DO I NEED LEGAL ADVICE WHEN DECIDING TO FILE BANKRUPTCY? The decision whether or not to file bankruptcy is your first step towards your entire financial future. You need to know the consequences one ...
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Debts Caused By Driving Under the Influence

CAN I WRITE OFF CLAIMS AGAINST ME FROM A VEHICLE ACCIDENT? When you think of debts to be written off through bankruptcy, you likely think of credit cards, medical bills, vehicle loans, and ...
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Recent Credit Card Charges and Cash Advances in Bankruptcy

Most debts are discharged—legally, permanently written off—if you file a consumer bankruptcy case. But there are some exceptions. In today's blog post I address one kind of debt that ...
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After Acquired Interest Not Part of The Bankruptcy Estate

When you file a bankruptcy case, everything you own becomes your "bankruptcy estate." In a large majority of Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases everything in the "estate" is ...
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No Discharge Needed to Lien Strip a Mortgage

In a recent case called In re Boukatch, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit (which includes California and much of the western part of the country) was faced with whether a ...
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When Can I Buy a Home After Bankruptcy?

Being able to purchase a home after bankruptcy is a major concern for many families. There is a lot of misinformation that has created the impression that filing for bankruptcy will make it nearly ...
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Employer Can Discharge Debt Owed to Employee Benefits Trust

The Bankruptcy Code says that a debtor cannot discharge (legally write off) debts arising from the debtor's "fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity." See 11 U.S.C. ...
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Automatic Stay and Multiple Bankruptcy Filings

WHAT'S THE "AUTOMATIC STAY" AND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT The "automatic stay" stops creditors from pursuing you and your assets as of the moment your bankruptcy case is filed, ...
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10 Ways Bankruptcy Solves Tax Problems

If you owe a lot of income taxes, you may have wondered whether bankruptcy can help you deal with this special kind of debt. There's a good chance that you have misconceptions about whether and ...
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In Bankruptcy, Is Jointly Titled Property Community Property?

THE COMMUNITY PROPERTY DILEMMA Let's flesh out the question stated in the title: In California, a community property state, if a married couple buys an asset during their marriage in which the ...
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Debt Owed by Contractor to Homeowners Was Fraud and Non-Dischargeable

As I regularly review court cases to keep up on the law, I often run into ones that provide a good way to help my readers understand some important aspect of bankruptcy. Today's blog post does ...
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