The short answer is YES under the right of setoff if you owe that same bank or credit union on a credit card or loan. When you have a savings or checking account with a bank or credit union it is very common to apply for credit cards or loans with that same financial institution […]
It’s true: once a creditor gets a judgment against you it can take money out or your bank, credit union, or other financial institution account to pay that judgment. This blog post gets into what exactly a judgment creditor can do to levy your accounts, and what you can do to stop it. HOW CAN […]
Getting lawsuit papers can be scary. A process server, or sometimes a sheriff’s deputy, may show up at the door of your home and insist on personally handing you the papers. Or this might happen at your place of work or business. It could even happen as you’re simply walking down the street. (See Service […]
At the beginning of this year (2021) the amount of home equity a California homeowner can protect from his or her creditors greatly increased. See our blog post, Huge Increase in California Homestead Exemption, about this. This new greater protection of home equity makes understanding the federal Bankruptcy Code’s limitations on homestead exemptions all the […]
The California Homestead Exemption’s Requirements of Residing in the Home and Intending to Continue Doing So The California homestead exemption amount’s huge increase at the beginning of 2021 has made it all the more important to understand when the exemption does apply to a home and when it does not. A number of practical issues […]
How does filing bankruptcy affect your credit report? To answer this we need to understand 1) some facts and 2) how those facts apply to your life. To give you an idea where this is going, the truth is that it depends on your situation. But if you’re like many people with challenging finances, filing […]
How can you protect your California Workers’ Compensation in bankruptcy? You’re hurting financially and thinking about filing bankruptcy. Let’s assume a big part of the reason you’re in financial trouble is that you were hurt at work. You either have a workers’ compensation claim pending or it’s been resolved and you’re getting benefits. You want […]
Huge Increase in California Homestead Exemption The homestead exemption protects a specific dollar amount of a homeowner’s home equity from his or her creditors. In California, the California homestead exemption amount of protection is substantially increasing as of January 1, 2021. This increase in protection makes it much more likely that homeowners in financial difficulty […]
Filing for bankruptcy can slow down or stop an eviction process. It is important that you file bankruptcy prior to a judgment for eviction being entered.
The automatic stay protects you from collection actions from most debts but it does not stop criminal proceedings, tax assessments, and governments police and regulatory powers.
How does the automatic stay affect child support, alimony and divorce? The automatic stay can protect you from collection of past due child support in a Chapter 13.
Certain categories of debt are never discharged in bankruptcy. Whether certain debts like taxes, student loans or fines are discharged depends on meeting specific requirements.