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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Will anyone find out about my bankruptcy?”

It’s a favorite of the media: coverage of financial difficulties for celebrities (and sometimes, semi-celebrities). We love watching them fly high and, so it seems, love watching when they come crashing back down to earth. One issue that is assured to get media attention is when a celeb (or quasi celeb) goes into bankruptcy or, even worse, gets accused of bankruptcy fraud. There are several recent examples, including a few of the “Real Housewives”, the rapper 50 Cent and most recently, Abby Lee Miller, star of the reality TV show “Dance Moms”.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are the pros and cons of bankruptcy?”

A recent article by Money Magazine walked through some of the most common myths associated with the bankruptcy process, exposing them as the fictions they really are. Though deciding to file bankruptcy can be difficult under the best of circumstances, it’s made unnecessarily harder due to commonly held misconceptions. These myths can intimidate and frighten people away from a process that might actually prove helpful, freeing them from mountains of burdensome debt. Now, let’s demystify some of these myths.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are my alternatives to bankruptcy?”

There are many considerations that go into filing for bankruptcy. As we’ve discussed many times before, you have to be sure that bankruptcy is right for you and, even if it is, that this is the right time to move forward. Something you may not think much about is how residency can impact your ability to file for bankruptcy. To learn more about where the law allows you to file for bankruptcy, keep reading.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are my alternatives to bankruptcy?”

Deciding to file for bankruptcy protection is a big step and one that can cause a lot of stress for the person trying to decide whether to take the plunge. Given the importance of the decision, it’s a good idea to be sure that you’ve taken sufficient time to think before moving forward. The following are some things worth keeping in mind as you consider filing for bankruptcy protection.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What is Chapter 13 bankruptcy?”

One year ago this December, the paperwork that had been in use since the 1980s for people and businesses filing for bankruptcy protection was replaced with forms that were supposed to be clearer and easier to understand.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?”

If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, particularly a liquidation bankruptcy under Chapter 7, you are likely eager to understand exactly what property you will be able to hold onto throughout the process. One item you may not think about, but that can prove to be very important, is legal settlements/awards in a personal injury case. It may not occur to you that these could be forfeited in bankruptcy, but depending on your circumstances that is absolutely possible. To learn more about what happens to money won in a personal injury claim, keep reading.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are my alternatives to bankruptcy?”

Many people considering filing for bankruptcy protection lack information about the process. This is understandable given that most people filing for bankruptcy have never filed before and are thus totally unfamiliar with how the system operates. Someone with only passing knowledge might think that all a person needs to do is decide to file and fill out some paperwork and before you know it the bankruptcy is over and done. Sadly, there are many more steps along the road that must be navigated before reaching the desired conclusion. Thankfully, skilled bankruptcy attorneys are here to help guide the way.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are the pros and cons of bankruptcy?”

The bankruptcy process can seem opaque. Few people understand how filing for bankruptcy works and it can be hard to get reliable information from those who do know. This lack of information can have the unfortunate side effect of discouraging people who might otherwise benefit from bankruptcy from pursuing it. In an attempt to help demystify the whole process, let’s explore an aspect of the bankruptcy system that is likely unfamiliar to most people: the bankruptcy trustee.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What are North Carolina’s exemptions?”

In the various stories we discuss on this blog, we frequently include warnings against hiding assets when filing for bankruptcy. One particular case this summer provides an illustration of precisely why doing so can land you in hot water—and prison.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Do I need an attorney to file bankruptcy?”

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discussed a strategy used by some landlords in the city to avoid paying fines: repeatedly filing for bankruptcy protection. The practice is used by those landlords who the city is trying to come after for providing substandard housing to tenants. By filing for bankruptcy protection, the landlords avoid paying mounting fines and are able to shield their property from being seized by the authorities. The article focused on the actions of one landlord who is an especially egregious abuser of the bankruptcy system.