Can Bankruptcy Stop Vehicle Repossessions and Lawsuits for Vehicle Debt?

If your creditors file a lawsuit and get a judgment against you, they are allowed to repossess your vehicle and other property, foreclose on your home, and garnish your wages. Not only can you lose the house you live in or the car you have relied on to get to work, but you also lose the value you already made in payments. Fortunately, it can take several months for creditors to get a judgment, so you have time to act to protect your property. Even if your vehicle has already… CONTINUE READING

Can I Declare Bankruptcy on Student Loans?

Student loan debt is an ever-increasing problem in the United States and has become the second highest consumer debt category, right behind mortgages. Money owed on student loans has reached $1.5 trillion, and the average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. Ohio is among the worst states for student loan debt, rating No. 5 on financial planning website WalletHub’s list of worst states for college debt. Since many people cannot find a job after graduation with pay high enough to meet expenses and cover… CONTINUE READING

Can I File Bankruptcy on Credit Cards and Keep My House?

Credit cards are one of the easiest, but most expensive, ways to borrow. People who don’t pay them off in a timely fashion or only pay the minimum balance often wind up in situations with interest rates that can reach almost 20 percent leading to debt that snowballs quickly, accumulates, and never gets paid off. 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 $1.023 trillion in November 2017.  Rising credit card… CONTINUE READING

Why Do Some People Choose Chapter 13 over Chapter 7?

Chapter 7 is the most common form of bankruptcy and has certain advantages, but that doesn’t mean it is the best solution for you.  Depending on your situation, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which allows you to consolidate your payments and repay some or all of your debt affordably over a three- to five-year period, may be more advantageous. How do you know which form of bankruptcy is right for you?  If you are facing a situation where your debt is getting to be more than you can handle, there is help… CONTINUE READING

Divorces Caused by Student Loan Debt?

Student loan debt takes such a big toll on marriage that it can even lead to divorce.  Financial problems are the leading cause of stress in a relationship, and student loan debt, which now stands at an all-time high of $1.5 trillion, can be a burden that becomes too much to bear. The debt puts tremendous pressure on young couples who are struggling to get established in their careers and wish to buy a home or start a family. The average outstanding balance for student loans is now $34,144, up 62 percent… CONTINUE READING

Can You Go to Jail for Credit Card Debt?

Debt collectors cannot arrest you for credit card or other consumer debt, but they can take you to court and sue you for payment. And, under certain circumstances, debt can lead you to jail for fraud, theft, or defying a court order. Whatever the source of your consumer debt, if you find yourself overwhelmed with debt, your best bet is getting legal advice. The skilled and seasoned Ohio bankruptcy attorneys at Fesenmyer Cousino Weinzimmer understand that money problems can happen to even the most well-intentioned people.  We offer a free consultation to… 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

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

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

If your creditors file a lawsuit and get a judgment against you, they are allowed to repossess your vehicle and other property, foreclose on your home, and garnish your wages. Not only can you lose…

Overwhelming debt can cause problems in all areas of your life, from being less productive at work to having money arguments at home that can lead to family breakdown. Adding to the stress is the accompanying…

Contrary to commonly held beliefs about who files for bankruptcy, the average bankruptcy filer is not a free-spending celebrity or a crook trying to cheat the system, but an ordinary middle-class American. According to an…

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