Articles Tagged with bankruptcy process

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Will I lose my property if I file for bankruptcy?”

We all know what bankruptcy is intended for, to help people or companies get back on their feet financially by eliminating burdensome debts. The aim is to essentially wipe the slate clean and, by doing so, give hope for the future. When it comes to individuals and corporations, though it can be hard to finally take the step of filing, it’s good to know that the right to do so always (or almost always) exists. For other entities, particularly states, the debate isn’t about when to file, but whether filing is even legally possible.

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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”.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?”

When you think of the world of professional athletes and their net worth, the term “bankruptcy” is probably not one that comes to mind. Between the multi-million dollar salaries and lucrative endorsement deals, it is hard to imagine that someone raking in that kind of dough would be able to spend it all, let alone need to seek bankruptcy protection. So when NHL player Jack Johnson announced that he was filing for bankruptcy in 2014, claiming more than $10 million in debt, it stunned those within the hockey world. The lenders reported that interest from those loans had accrued his total amount owed to $21 million.

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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.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Can I keep my car if I file bankruptcy?”

Knowing whether or not to file for bankruptcy can be a difficult decision. You will likely need to weigh a variety of factors, including your income, future prospects, total assets, total debts and the impact that filing can have on your life, in both the short term and over the long haul. Another question that many people consider is how filing for bankruptcy can impact their ability to operate as usual, including staying in their house and continuing to drive their current vehicles. To learn more about what happens to your car during Chapter 7, keep reading.

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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.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What is a small business bankruptcy ?”

No, the top executives for the bankrupted Sports Authority do not have the authority to give themselves $2.85 million in bonuses, the company’s U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled.

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

Most people choose to file bankruptcy because they need to lessen their debt burden. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is one good way of doing that, with the court overseeing an agreement between the debtor and creditors on a repayment plan. The creditors agree to cooperate because it is better to get something in a repayment plan than nothing should the filer instead pursue a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Debtors like Chapter 13s because they can restructure their debts and hopefully pay less over the course of the plan than what’s owed.

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

A federal judge in New Jersey just reminded us of the power the Internal Revenue Service can retain over us all, even in bankruptcy. The judge recently threw out a defunct law firm’s lawsuit that accused the IRS and Treasury Department of illegally trying to collect taxes during a bankruptcy proceeding. Although the person bringing the lawsuit was an attorney, he apparently lacked the sufficient bankruptcy law experience to successfully protest the IRS’s oversteps, highlighting the dense and difficult nature of the bankruptcy process.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Can I get credit after filing personal bankruptcy?”

There have been new developments in the ongoing saga of Curtis James Jackson III’s bankruptcy. Jackson, AKA 50 Cent, filed for bankruptcy last year after revealing that he owed more than $25 million, the vast majority of which is owed to two creditors. The problems began soon thereafter, with the creditors arguing that Jackson was hiding assets and posing for pictures that indicated he was far from broke.