Douglas Jacobs, Esq.

Douglas Jacobs is a California bankruptcy attorney and partner in the Chico law firm of Jacobs, Anderson, Potter & Chaplin. Since 1988, Mr. Jacobs has taught Constitutional law and Debtor-Creditor/Bankruptcy law at the Cal Northern School of Law. He has served as Dean of Students since 1994. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of consumer bankruptcy law, and has spoken at both state and national levels.

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In my practice, I see it all the time: an elderly couple come to talk about their debts. Inundated by credit cards and living on a fixed income, they see no help in sight. But, their retirement can’t be garnished and the credit industry can’t get at it (in most cases). Social security is almost […]

A chapter 7 bankruptcy can be easy or difficult. Here are four steps to making it go quickly and smoothly: 1. Hire a competent knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney that you can talk with. Provide your attorney every piece of information and all of the documents she asks for. Remember that the attorney is on your side: […]

Filing Bankruptcy is all about timing. Sometimes, waiting to file makes good sense and will save the debtor a lot of headaches and some significant debt. Sometimes, however, the time to file is as soon as possible. Let’s look at six reasons to file now; and six reasons to wait: File now when: 1. Your […]

A debt is a lawful obligation, usually to pay money to someone. Secured Debts are those where the borrower has granted the lender a lien or security interest in some item of real or personal property to ensure that the lender is actually paid. Two simple and common examples are home loans – where the […]

The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to establish uniform laws on bankruptcy. Our bankruptcy law is a federal law administered by the U.S. courts. But, does that make it the same from state to state? It certainly does not. Although the main framework of the law applies across the country, the specifics of many […]

Last month, on October 17th, the bankruptcy law turned 8. In 2005, the government passed the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act:  BAPCPA. It became the bankruptcy law on October 17, 2005. So, on October 17, 2013 that law was eight (8) years old. Why do we care? The new law carefully defines how long […]