01 Oct 2020

Unemployment Fraud And Your Credit

The historically high unemployment rates resulting from COVID-19 pandemic layoffs, furloughs and work closures has led to a massive number of unemployment claims. During the first six months of the pandemic, U.S. unemployment claims averaged approximately 1 million weekly. Although the labor market is starting to show some small signs of improvement, unemployment benefit requests […]

Social security cards. Unemployment fraud generally occurs through the theft of personally identifiable information.
31 Aug 2020

What To Do If COVID-19 Is Affecting Your Credit Score

The financial toll of COVID-19 on the economy can’t be underestimated, and it’s affecting many people in a highly personal way. Job losses or reductions in working hours have forced many Americans to file for unemployment. With less income, the pandemic is causing many people to fall behind on bill payments. Although some lenders are […]

Poor credit score from a credit report, being viewed on a mobile phone screen.
31 Jul 2020

Bankruptcy After A COVID-19 Layoff

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant hardship for many people. As of June 2020, approximately 17.8 million people in the U.S. were unemployed. Across all industries and all levels of work seniority, many people are having a hard time making ends meet. Most stimulus checks were spent long ago, and although families are gaining some […]

Newspaper with headline about layoffs during COVID-19.
01 Jul 2020

Mortgage Assistance: What To Do If You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage Due To COVID-19

From extended job furloughs and unexpected job losses resulting from businesses permanently shutting their doors, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. Not surprisingly, many Americans are finding it difficult to pay their bills. As of early May, millions of mortgagees have been seeking help to make their mortgage payments or defer […]

Model of home with calculator and mortgage paper. During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been seeking help to make mortgage payments.
20 May 2020

Can Wages Or Unemployment Be Garnished Under COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in our history. Due to extended stay-at-home orders in many states, an enormous number of people have faced unpaid furloughs, a reduction in paid working hours or in some cases unemployment. During the first two months of the pandemic, more than 36 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment, […]

Medical mask and money. Even if your income has been impacted by COVID-19, your wages, unemployment or stimulus checks may still be garnished. Learn how to protect your assets.
23 Apr 2020

If I File For Bankruptcy, Will I Lose My Unemployment Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a domino effect, with closed business and furloughed employees resulting in record numbers of unemployment applications. In the first month of the pandemic, more than 22 million employees had applied for unemployment benefits with more expected to follow. In the face of job loss, substantially reduced work hours or a […]

Unemployment benefit claimed stamped "approved". Learn how bankruptcy affects unemployment benefits.
08 Mar 2020

If I File For Bankruptcy, Will I Have To Give Up My Tax Refund?

Tax refunds, obtained as a result of overpaying on taxes throughout the year, often become an anticipated windfall that people come to expect each spring. According to statistics, nearly eight out of ten Americans get a tax refund each year, and last year the IRS refunded more than 111 million Americans. If you are someone […]

1040 income tax form with refund money. If you're considering filing for bankruptcy, you may be wondering how this will affect your tax refund.
17 Jan 2020

Car Loans And Bankruptcy

Facing tough financial issues can be the source of significant stress and worry. Mounting pressures from debt collector calls, unpaid bills and choices that can’t be made due to financial struggles can make life difficult. Bankruptcy is often a very sensible option for people who want to gain a fresh start financially. Many people considering […]

MD bankruptcy attorney completing paperwork next to a blue toy car. Many people believe that an auto loan is a nondischargeable debt, but this is not always the case.
17 Dec 2019

Can Failing To Pay HOA (Homeowners Association Fees) Lead To Foreclosure?

Planned communities are often governed by an HOA, or a Homeowners Association. HOAs generally charge fees associated with the upkeep and maintenance of common areas, within the community such as pools, shared patios, esplanades, neighborhood parks and other amenities. At times when funds are stretched very thin (perhaps following a layoff, an accident or a […]

House Model Near HOA Rules And Regulations Document
03 Dec 2019

Things To Consider If You’re Filing For Bankruptcy And Self-Employed

Being self-employed can have a number of benefits including flexibility, autonomy and the power to make your own decisions. But it also means wearing multiple “hats”. People who are self-employed may be small business owners, or they may be freelancers or independent contractors. They may be responsible not only for their actual product or service, […]

Self-employed business owner reviewing finances. Bankruptcy can be a viable option for self-employed individuals who are facing financial difficulties