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You have questions, we have answers: If I file bankruptcy, won’t my credit be messed up for 10 years?

If you file for bankruptcy protection and relief, the case information is allowed to remain on your credit report for up to 10 years – but this is often times not the case. Something important to consider when filing bankruptcy is the immediate fresh start you receive from a bankruptcy discharge which allows you to […]

You have questions, we have answers: What about the companies I see on TV that say they will wipe out my debts without bankruptcy?

There are many unfounded claims being made by agencies that do not have the right to practice law. The Federal Trade Commission recently warned of these “credit repair” scams. The truth is, these companies depend on your creditors voluntarily agreeing to reduce your debt in exchange for a lump sum payment. Unlike legal debt relief, […]

You have questions, we have answers: What kinds of debt can I NOT eliminate in bankruptcy?

In most cases you cannot eliminate student loans, certain tax debts, secured debts (such as mortgages or car loans) for personal and real property that you plan on keeping, or court ordered domestic support payments. You also cannot eliminate some debts which were incurred within 60 to 90 days prior to the date of filing […]

You have questions, we have answers: If I file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy relief, will I have to make monthly payments to every creditor?

You have questions, we have answers: If I file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy relief, will I have to make monthly payments to every creditor? No! This is why: Chapter 13 bankruptcy is NOT a debt consolidation. We will determine your payment based on what you can afford to pay on a monthly basis. You will […]

You have questions, we have answers: If I filed bankruptcy previously, can I file again?

Yes, but how long you have to wait to re-file depends on the type of bankruptcy that you initially filed, if you received a discharge, and the type of bankruptcy you now wish to file. The re-filing time periods vary from two years to eight years. We can help you navigate the best time to […]

You have questions, we have answers: If I file for bankruptcy, won’t everyone know that I have filed?

Usually not. While a bankruptcy filing is technically public record, it is not easily available information for most people to find. Bankruptcy information is on a court database that is not searchable from websites like Google or Yahoo.

You have questions, we have answers: I am married, do both of us have to file bankruptcy?

No, you can absolutely file individually! Whether you should or not depends on who is legally liable on the debts that you have: ~ If you have individual debts, then filing individually may make the most sense for your family. ~ If you have joint debts with your spouse, it may not be a good […]

Something To Consider: Financial Spring Cleaning

Spring time cleaning isn’t just for your junk drawers and closets! Here are some key points to consider when you spring clean your finances this year.

You have questions, we have answers: I have been told if I file for bankruptcy I will lose my home, is this true?

This is completely false! One of the main purposes of filing bankruptcy is to protect your most important assets, like your home. And if you are current on your payments, you can rest assured that your home’s equity will be protected from creditors as well. At a minimum, North Carolina individuals can protect $35,000 worth […]

Couples and Money

Growing a healthy financial rapport with your significant other is an important, and often overlooked, part of a thriving relationship. As Vicki Cook and Amy Blacklock of Women Who Money state: “Doing the work … will put you on the path to a brighter financial future. It’s so beneficial to understand your money “history” and […]