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Can Creditors Garnish Wages?

If you can’t pay money you owe, creditors may take steps to garnish your wages and withdraw money directly from your paycheck. In most situations, both federal and Ohio state law limit garnishment to 25% of your wages, and most creditors must file a collections lawsuit in court and receive a money judgment first. But once the courts give them this judgment, creditors can keep collecting money from every paycheck until the debt is paid. Having your wages garnished is embarrassing, leaves you even shorter of money, and has other… CONTINUE READING

The Consequences of Medical Debt on Your Credit Score

Medical bills, like any unpaid debt, can do major damage to your finances and your credit score. Nearly 3 in 10 Americans, even those who had insurance, had an unpaid medical debt sent to a collection agency, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. According to the National Consumer Law Center, medical debts are a huge portion of the negative information in credit reports, making up about half of debt collection amounts on these reports and affecting 43 million Americans. Having a low credit score has wide-reaching effects by making… CONTINUE READING

Who Inherits Debt After Death?

When a close family member dies, are you going to be stuck having to pay their debts?  Will you find yourself getting harassed by creditors and debt collectors for debts you didn’t even run up or benefit from? The answer depends on the situation. When people die, their estate goes into probate, and the estate owes the debt. Debts must be paid before heirs can receive their inheritance, and secured liens such as a mortgage on a house or a car loan, will be paid first.  Creditors are notified of the debt,… CONTINUE READING

Understanding the Basics of Title Loan Repossession

Taking a title loan on a motor vehicle will give you some quick cash, but you also will be taking the chance that the lender can repossess the vehicle if you get behind on payments.  In fact, when you get your money, you will have to provide the lender an extra set of car keys in case you default on the loan, to make it easy for the lender to repossess the vehicle if necessary. Depending on the situation, there are options that may be better than taking a title… CONTINUE READING

Can One Spouse File Bankruptcy Without Affecting the Other?   

Married people filing for bankruptcy in Ohio have the option of filing with or without their spouse.  There are advantages and disadvantages of both options, so deciding whether you should file for bankruptcy alone or together depends on your individual situation and needs. If you do file individually, it must be done in good faith.  The bankruptcy court will examine your circumstances, and if it determines that filing on your own was not done in good faith, it may dismiss the case without discharging your debts. If you don’t file… CONTINUE READING

Do You Know Your Rights as a Debtor?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects debtors from overreaching debt collection practices, such as abuse, deception and late-night phone calls. Still, many creditors and collectors blatantly violate its provisions and find loopholes and new ways to harass debtors. Anyone harassed by collectors should know their rights and what they can do to stop harassment.  The skilled and seasoned Ohio bankruptcy attorneys at Fesenmyer Cousino Weinzimmer understand that even the most well-intentioned people can find themselves overwhelmed with debt.  We offer a free consultation to evaluate your financial situation and… CONTINUE READING

Millennials in the U.S. Are Feeling Financial Stress

There are lots of causes of stress out there, but for millennials, financial issues create more stress than politics, work or health. A new study by Wealthsimple, an online investment management firm, found that money problems are twice as stressful as work and several times more stressful than politics. The study showed that nearly half of millennial women find money the most stressful thing in their lives, compared with 34% of millennial men. This stress can be so overwhelming that another study conducted by Payoff showed that the symptoms for… CONTINUE READING

How Long Does It Take for Credit to Recover Post-Bankruptcy?

Contrary to what many people think, filing for bankruptcy may be good for you and improve your financial situation.  Chances are that if you are considering bankruptcy, your credit is already suffering, and you are probably sick of being harassed by bill collectors and creditors, and faced with possible wage garnishments, evictions, lawsuits, and foreclosures. Not only does all that activity stop with bankruptcy, but bankruptcy can help your credit. Many of your debts will be eliminated, and although there will be an initial setback in your credit rating, after bankruptcy… CONTINUE READING

Maximize Your Savings on a Tight Budget

If you are living on a tight budget, you are probably struggling just to meet your expenses each month and may not even be thinking of putting aside money for savings.  You need to change this mindset, as many experts feel that if you wish to retire and still maintain your lifestyle, you should have enough savings to cover 70% of your pre-retirement income each year. Saving enough to retire may seem like an unattainable goal, and if you are not on track to save for retirement, you are not… CONTINUE READING

Multiple Credit Cards? How to Decide Which Ones to Tackle First

Having multiple credit cards has become an American way of life, and it’s not necessarily bad – if you can pay off the balance each month. Unfortunately, too many of us use credit cards to keep pace with increased living costs, and since credit cards are one of the most expensive ways to borrow, we wind up unable to pay off our debts. According to the American Bankers Association, 43 percent of card holders carry a balance each month, and the Federal Reserve reports that outstanding card debt hit a record… CONTINUE READING

Carrying crushing debt can become unbearable.  Bills pile up, and you’re harassed by creditors and may be faced with foreclosure of your house, repossession of your car, utilities being shut off, and garnishment of your…

If you are struggling financially and overwhelmed with debts that have become unpayable, you may wish to consider the “fresh start” that bankruptcy can bring.  To receive a “fresh start”, you need to know how…

People are often confused when it comes to  Chapter 7  bankruptcy and taxes, as it is a common belief that bankruptcy cannot eliminate (discharge) tax debt.  Fortunately, this is not always the case.  While -most…

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