Filing for Bankruptcy

24 Apr The Reverse Mortgage. What You Need To Know!

There is a familiar expression:  "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!" I'd like to think that the individuals that came up with the concept of the reverse mortgage had good intentions.  The reality I see in my bankruptcy practice is elderly people, who are...

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02 Mar Bankruptcy Means Test: Student Loans Used to Obtain Dentistry Degree Not “Consumer Debts” Under Section 707(b)

The 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act's "means test" for chapter 7 bankruptcy filers was weakened by a recent ruling from a Texas bankruptcy court. Under this ruling, student loans incurred for the purpose of obtaining a professional degree to be used in business are not "consumer...

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06 Feb Should You Try to Keep Your Home When You File Bankruptcy?

bankruptcy and my homeThis week an interesting article about Atlanta real estate appeared in a local business blog, and I think that the warning issued by the writer could apply to bankruptcy filers anywhere in the country. Entitled “Easy Money as Landlord of Cheap Homes Proving an Elusive Dream” explains how large investment funds purchased thousands of Atlanta area homes following the 2008 - 2010 real estate crash with the idea of renting them out, securitizing shares in the investment venture, then selling the properties six or seven years hence when prices rebounded. I had a first hand view of this business model because a close friend of mine in the real estate brokerage business worked with one of these investment firms and at times was writing hundreds of offers per week. Politicians and newspapers report that the housing market is improving and prices are headed back up, but no one is looking beyond the raw numbers.
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