Bankruptcy Continues to Best Form of Relief for Most People

I hope you are having a great Sunday. My name is David Ruben and I have been a bankruptcy lawyer in Maryland for almost 23 years. I love what I do. Tommorrow is one of those rare days that I do not have to appear in court, so I was thinking about what my day will bring. Aside from all of the written work that I have to do, I will probably (hopefully) field about 15-20 new phone inquiries about filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. What continues to amaze me about the phone calls is that many of the people have been thinking about calling a lawyer for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy for months, sometimes years, and have been reluctant to do so for fear of the unknown. People are actually afraid to call me and scared of what they might hear. Many people, after we have our consultation, say "wow, that was easy, I was expecting that to be much worse, I feel so relieved." Despite what you might think or what people might tell you, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are … [Read more...]

Do’s and Don’ts for Filing Bankruptcy

I enjoy looking around on the web and reading what other lawyers have to say.  Just today I came across a list of DO’s and DON’Ts for filing bankruptcy by Carmen Dellutri, a well-respected bankruptcy attorney in the state of Florida.  The interesting thing about bankruptcy law is that it is Federal law, which means, with certain variations, the rules and procedures in each state are pretty much the same.  Read on: THINGS THAT ARE OK TO DO IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT FILING BANKRUPTCY Do take the bankruptcy court seriously, and avoid making any financial decisions that may make your creditors suspect you of filing in bad faith. Do seek an attorney before you file any papers, and learn your rights and options under the United States bankruptcy code.  Call or e-mail us today and we will answer any questions that you may have. Do maintain timely payments on any collateralized loans that you wish to keep the collateral for. In other words, if you have a mortgage or car payment and … [Read more...]

Can Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Help Me?

I saw this article online and thought it was excellent, please read if interested in learning about or filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, I couldn't have said it any better myself. Can Chapter 7 bankruptcy help? When most people think of filing for bankruptcy, they think of chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, often referred to as “straight bankruptcy,” is a much faster process than its slower cousin chapter 13 bankruptcy. Depending on income, chapter 13 bankruptcy lasts between 3 to 5 years, whereas a typical chapter 7 case is open and shut within 4 months. Within that short time frame, chapter 7 transforms the debtor’s financial life from a cluttered mess, to a clean slate. Here are 5 important ways that chapter 7 bankruptcy can help if you find yourself in financial distress. 1. Eliminate unsecured debt. This is the most obvious way that chapter 7 bankruptcy helps consumers. Filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy wipes out high interest credit card debt and medical bills. … [Read more...]

Can Bankruptcy Help?

At the Maryland Bankruptcy Center, we tell at least 1 person per day that they are NOT eligible to file bankruptcy or that bankruptcy is not a good idea. On the other hand, we tell most people who call that filing bankruptcy in Maryland is the right choice. Why is that? Chances are, if you are researching bankruptcy, you have found yourself in a very difficult financial situation and you are desperate for help. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are your last resort, but unfortunately in this economy, it is the only resort for hundreds of thousands of Marylanders each year. Consider the article below, and if you have any questions at all, feel free to call us anytime. Filing For Bankruptcy is a Major Decision. Necessary For Some, Unnecessary For Others… You don’t just throw a bankruptcy in your shopping cart and head for the check out, it’s a major life decision that should not be entered into lightly. In some cases, bankruptcy can really help. Some families who are avoiding filing … [Read more...]

When Should I Talk to A Bankruptcy Attorney?

Through my national bankruptcy connections I recently became friends with Quinton Pelley, one of the premier bankruptcy attorneys in the state of Texas. He was kind enough to share with me some great articles/blogs that he has written in the bankruptcy field for potential bankruptcy filers. I think that this one is excellent, so I am sharing it with you. If you are searching for a bankruptcy attorney to help you through this most difficult process, contact us today. No two debt situations are the same. However, since we have been helping people resolve their debt problems since 1991, we have noticed quite a few patterns. We know that you did not choose to be in this position. We also know that you were probably forced into your debt situation because of one or more of the following: Loss of job, reduction in income, death, divorce, someone got sick, ridiculously high interest rates, the bad economy, or some other similar life changing event. Life happens. Now you need to make the … [Read more...]

Getting Credit After Bankruptcy…..Is it really 10 years?

Clients are always concerned about their credit score. It is not unusual for the question “How will bankruptcy affect my credit score?” to be the first thing that comes out of someone’s mouth when they consider bankruptcy as an option. Although bankruptcy does have an effect on your credit, the effect may not be as bad as many would have you believe. Further, most people fail to compare the alternative effect that not filing bankruptcy will and already does have on their credit. There are a number of facts that will appear on your credit report. Any type of loan, any credit you have taken out, how you use it, whether you have paid it or are in default, are all things that will appear when someone looks up your credit report. Bankruptcy will appear on your credit report for up to 10 years. Any negative occurrences will appear for 7. If your credit is poor, as most people’s is when they consider filing for bankruptcy, bankruptcy may not hurt your credit as much as not filing … [Read more...]

Bankruptcy: What is it and how does it work?

As a Maryland bankruptcy lawyer, I have many clients that know very little about the bankruptcy process when they come in for a consultation. It is important that anyone considering filing for bankruptcy to have a basic understanding of the process before they make the decision to file. Everyone has a right to know what their options are and how these options can affect their future, especially when dealing with a bankruptcy. Types Of Bankruptcy There are two types of bankruptcy and each carry different qualification standards. Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy produces a debt elimination at very little out of pocket cost to the debtor. However, a debtor must have a reportable income less than the median income level of their state of residence in order to qualify. This rule prevents abuse of the system by weeding out anyone who may be able to afford to repay their debts rather than have them eliminated. Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows a debtor to develop a repayment … [Read more...]

Have a Debt Free 2012!

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  If you are visiting our website during this time of the year, and you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy, you have taken the first step in the right direction to make you 2012 your best year ever.  Too many Marylanders have so much credit card debt and other other debt that they literally cannot go entire day without thinking about their financial woes.  Many, many years ago, our founding fathers realized that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness INCLUDES the ability to seek debt relief and a fresh start in difficult times.  That is why the right to file bankruptcy was inluded in the first draft of our United States Constitution.  It is your right, and if you don't use it, you are giving up one of the greatest benefits of living in this country. Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Maryland allows you to eliminate credit card debt, medical bills, judgments, garnishments, repossessions and all other unsecured debts except student loans and most debts to the … [Read more...]

Facing Foreclosure in Maryland? Read This.

Mortgage Assistance companies and credit counselors are not lawyers and they can’t explain the legal ins and outs about the bankruptcy laws. Not that they want to, because telling someone to see a lawyer about Chapter 13 bankruptcy might be a better option for the homeowner, but it won’t put a fee in the company’s bank account. All too often, these companies will assure the homeowner that they can help, only to notify them that they can’t do a thing – after they have collected their fees and often mere days before the foreclosure – leaving the homeowner with no time to fully explore bankruptcy or other legal solutions. Many companies are disreputable; taking money but doing nothing. What a mortgage assistance company does is collect a fee to help a homeowner workout a repayment plan with their mortgage company. The fee is often a full mortgage payment, non-refundable, and there are usually no guarantees that the payment plan will be one the homeowner can afford. Any homeowner can … [Read more...]

Ten Things To Do BEFORE FILING BANKRUPTCY

Bankruptcy is very often a time-sensitive process and pre-bankruptcy planning can be critical in protecting assets. Chapter 7, in particular, the trustee’s responsibility is to “look back” at the actions the debtor has taken to insure that there hasn’t been a fraudulent conveyance of assets, a non-allowed preference payment to creditors or other actions that might leave assets exposed. It’s critical, if you are considering bankruptcy, to consider taking the following steps to insure a successful filing: 1. Consult with an attorney. The bankruptcy laws have become so complex that consumers should not attempt to file by themselves. It’s a very risky process to try to do on your own. Since 2005, there is a complicated “Means Test” required, government-approved credit counseling, as well as other changes which made the filing of Bankruptcy much more complicated. Even if you eventually file pro-se (representing yourself) consult an attorney and ask questions about whether bankruptcy … [Read more...]