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

During these unprecedented times, we decided to address some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on bankruptcy cases.

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

The popular children’s toy store, Toys R Us has decided to close all of its United States store and liquidize assets after failing to survive the bankruptcy it filed last year. In 2017, Toys R Us filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to get a handle on almost $5 billion in debt. The company filed for Chapter 11 in September of 2017. The holiday shopping season was not as successful for Toys R Us as the company would have hoped, and they were unable to follow their debt plan and survive bankruptcy. As such, the company switched their bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation option instead, according to USA Today.

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

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was filed in 2003 has finally ended 15 years later. The Great Northern Paper Co. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2003 and Chief Judge Peter Cary of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine has ordered that the proceeding be closed within 30 days, according to Bangor Daily News. The trustee submitted a certification that the assets of the estate were accounted for and requested that the court discharge the company from other debts and duties.

Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “Can I get rid of student loans by declaring bankruptcy?”

In the United States, the cost of higher education is ever increasing. If you combine that with the difficulty of obtaining a reasonably salaried job after graduation, it is no surprise that student loan debt plagues graduates long after they graduate. An estimate of student loan debt currently owed in the U.S. is over $1.4 trillion dollars. Individuals with student loan debt may eventually fall prey to financial hardships. If an individual is struggling to pay bills and make ends meet, he or she may consider filing for bankruptcy. Student loan debt is often one of the largest debts a person can try to discharge in bankruptcy. However, it is extremely difficult for student loan debt to be discharged. There are specific and limited circumstances in which student loan debt will be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding.

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

We like to think that when someone takes the big step of filing for bankruptcy, they do so only when it’s absolutely necessary. The bankruptcy process was created to offer relief to individuals struggling with burdensome debt loads, not to be abused by those simply trying to stall creditors. Though the vast majority of those who file for bankruptcy protection do so as a last resort to avoid financial disaster, there are some who take advantage of aspects of the system for their own benefit.

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.

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

As anyone with student loans knows, educational debt can cause serious financial stress for even the thriftiest of individuals. With the average borrower in 2016 facing some $37,000 in student loans, it can be hard to know how best to tackle such a big pile of debt. Though payment plans and income-based loan forgiveness programs have been helpful, the reality is that many millions of people continue struggling with how to make ends meet and student loans represent a large part of that problem.

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 the pros and cons of bankruptcy?”

Though many people may not be aware of it, the debt collection industry has exploded in recent years. In the past five to 10 years, creditors have begun selling all their old debt to debt buying firms, usually for two or three cents on the dollar. These firms then use aggressive tactics to pry money from debtors, even in cases where the debts are expired and legal claims can no longer be made to recover the money. The industry has grown to more than $13 billion in size, representing many thousands of claims against many thousands of debtors.

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

When a person files for bankruptcy protection one of the first things he or she must do is submit a list of assets and liabilities. The liabilities are obviously important because these are the debts that the petitioner is trying to get out from under. The assets, at least for the creditors and the bankruptcy trustee, are just as important. It’s the assets that can be sold and used to repay creditors and it’s crucial that the list be accurate and complete. In fact, the law requires debtors to list all assets and any failure to do so, assuming it’s deliberate, can result in serious criminal penalties.

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