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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.

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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: “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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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: “Can I get rid of student loans by declaring bankruptcy?”

The reason most people feel forced to consider filing for bankruptcy is because their debts increase to unsustainable levels. Whether it’s a few large debts or many small ones, the total amount owed becomes too much to keep up with, requiring you to consider filing for bankruptcy. The hope is that bankruptcy wipes these debts away, allowing you to start fresh with a clean slate. Though that’s the goal, it’s unfortunately not always the reality. The reason is that some debts can’t be easily escaped and can instead follow you despite filing for bankruptcy protection. To learn more about which debts are hardest to shake, keep reading.

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

When Teresa Giudice’s name has appeared in the press for the last half-decade, it has usually not been uplifting press for the former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star. Bankruptcy fraud convictions, millions owed in debt and a stint in the federal penitentiary have dampened the celebrity she once enjoyed as a reality star, and the hits just keep on coming.

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Bankruptcy Lawyer Bryan W. Stone answers the question: “What is the means test?”

A Clinton County, Illinois farmer whose bankruptcy fraud case became intertwined with a double murder in 2007 was released from prison this April to a prison-sanctioned halfway house.