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When to File for Debt Relief in Bankruptcy Court?

A major factor to consider when filing bankruptcy is timing. Even after a Sacramento-area consumer has decided that she will definitely file bankruptcy, in many cases the timing can be crucial. Often, a debtor has little choice but to file as soon as possible. Swift action may be necessary to ward off a repossession, eviction,…

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Creditor Fails to Update Debts Discharged in Bankruptcy

One of the most common reasons people file bankruptcy is to get a fresh start on their finances. The problem is that there are some very serious consumer reporting failures in recent years that prevent debtors from gaining the full benefits of a discharge. Creditors often fail to report an updated status for discharged accounts…

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Protecting Home in Bankruptcy May Become Easier

When people in the Sacramento area file bankruptcy, often one of their chief concerns is whether they will be able to protect the equity in their homes. The primary tool for protecting that equity is called the “Homestead Exemption.” There are federal exemptions and many states offer different maximum exemptions for folks’ primary residence. Since…

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Conflict May Arise with Creditors in Bankruptcy

The vast majority of bankruptcy filings in Sacramento and Northern California go through the system smoothly. However, there are many situations that can arise in a bankruptcy case that involve conflict between a creditor, the debtor, and/or the trustee. Many times, these conflicts must be resolved in bankruptcy court in front of a judge. Complex…

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Chapter 7 Extends Time in House Before Foreclosure?

The Sacramento area boasts a vast and active real estate market. In addition, house values can be volatile, as can the job market. As a result, many consumers in the Sacramento area can end up behind on their mortgage payments, seemingly without options, and searching for solutions. This is a common question from consumer debtors:…

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Petition Preparer or Attorney, What’s Better for Bankruptcy?

It makes sense that if someone needs to file bankruptcy, they probably don’t have a lot of money. So it can be tempting to seek bankruptcy help from a petition preparer or a cheap attorney from out of town. But it makes much more sense to hire someone who is actually an attorney and is…

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Does Business Bankruptcy Eliminate My Personal Liability?

Northern California is filled with hard-working people. Many of those folks are small business owners. But running a small business can be a struggle, especially in a volatile economy. It is a great thing that inhabitants of the Sacramento Valley are proactive entrepreneurs. From general contractors to orthodontists, there are examples of what makes the…

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Commons Reasons to Ask for Debt Relief

There are many reasons that folks in the Sacramento area file for bankruptcy protection. From divorce to medical expenses, tough (but common) life events are often the primary cause of bankruptcy. It is important to realize that these problems happen to many, many people. While feelings of shame are valid and come from a place…

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