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Improving Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

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Why are credit scores so important, and how can you improve them after bankruptcy?

Our clients who file for bankruptcy in Queens and throughout New York want to see the future as a place of possibility, and an opportunity to create a new chapter in their lives.  Life after bankruptcy is not a complete reset, but it can be an amazing time to make changes that will get you on the right path toward fiscal responsibility. One such change is understanding the importance of your credit score and knowing how to improve it. There are steps you can take, now and in the future, to ensure a safer financial future.

Fixing Credit Score Errors – Good for Your Fiscal Future

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Can Errors on Your Credit Score Affect Your Financial Health?

When clients come to our office they are looking for debt relief. This may mean stopping a foreclosure, removing a lien, or going through a Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Our clients often want to improve their credit, but there may be more factors affecting their credit scores than missed loan payments.

In a recent study by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) from December 2012, the findings state that one in four credit reports have errors. So along with the other best practices we share our clients to ensure fiscal health and responsibility, we also support keeping a close watch on the information used by credit agencies to make their scores about you.

Detroit’s Landmark Municipal Bankruptcy Raises Questions Nationwide

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A vacant blighted home is seen next to a well-kept occupied home on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan July 23, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

What Does Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing Mean for City Workers and Residents?

My team and I have been keeping a close eye on the ongoing bankruptcy drama unfolding in Detroit. I previously wrote a post about the city appointing a bankruptcy lawyer, Kevyn Orr,  and recent events have had clients wondering how a city’s bankruptcy filing could affect its greatest asset: its residents.

When it comes to municipal bankruptcy, our office are asked to answer questions about how it can impact communities and public workers. On Wednesday, a federal judge permitted the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy case to go forward after it was challenged by union and pension fund lawyers –  so the challenges facing the city have been front and center on the headlines and people’s minds.

It’s time to Overhaul of Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy

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Why is it so Hard to discharge Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy?

There has been much debate over the issue of student loans in America in the past few months, and lawmakers and legal professionals are weighing in on the issue. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) has several strong articles that support making student loans dischargeable in a bankruptcy. I am in agreement with NACBA –   student loans should be dischargeable in order to provide much needed relief for recent graduates, their families, and their communities. 

Jefferson County Alabama Finally Reaches Bankruptcy Deal

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Jefferson County Alabama Finally Reaches Bankruptcy Deal

In a historic bankruptcy case, Alabama’s financially distressed Jefferson County says it has finally reached an agreement to refinance the majority of its debt.

The county will save hundreds of millions by refinancing and set it up to break free from bankruptcy in months to come.  Before the county can rid itself of bankruptcy, it must overcome several obstacles and be looked over by a federal bankruptcy judge.  This is scheduled to commence this Wednesday.

All-Electric Vehicle Company Coda Files for Bankruptcy to Re-Focus Business on Energy Storage

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With a single-charge range of only 90-125 miles, it may not come as a complete surprise that the green auto-maker, Coda Holdings, only sold 100 of it’s sedans and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Coda’s plan is to re-focus their business on energy storage, which has far fewer research and development costs. Coda will be able to use the same energy storage mechanisms they put in their failed sedans into systems for buildings and utilities.

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Asked to Ban Girls Gone Wild Founder Joe Francis From Corporate Offices

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A federal judge was asked to ban Joe Francis, the founder of the soft-core Girls Gone Wild franchise, from the company offices. The trustee running the company alleges he is a violent man who has threatened company employees.

According to papers filed by the bankruptcy trustee R. Todd Neilson, Francis threatened GGW Brands LLC employees with “violent acts”. Girls Gone Wild filed bankruptcy after a lawsuit involving Wynn Las Vegas LLC and others last February.

Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy is Possible, but Not Easy

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Is it worth it to try to discharge student loan debt?

When you are facing financial difficulties, you may be one of the hundreds of thousands of people whose troubles also include student loan debt. We often hear the same stigma surrounding student loan debt: it’s impossible to get rid of. And while the process of discharging student loan debt is tedious and has a lower success rate than other kinds of debt, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. There are those who are able to get rid of this debt and better their financial situations.

The Realities of Getting a Mortgage After Filing Bankruptcy

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Will I ever get a mortgage after I file for bankruptcy?

Many of our clients, and prospective clients, express serious concerns about how easy or difficult it is to get a mortgage after filing for bankruptcy. After all, it is no secret that a bankruptcy filing will appear on your credit report for up to 10 years (7 years for a Chapter 13).

While it can be difficult to obtain a mortgage after a bankruptcy filing, it is by no means impossible. Our offices have had many clients that were able to secure a mortgage for a new or used home even after filing for bankruptcy. The question remains, “What can I do to prepare for applying for a mortgage knowing that I have a bankruptcy on my credit report?”

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