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Why You Shouldn't File Bankruptcy Without the Help of an Attorney

Filing for bankruptcy is never an easy decision. Nonetheless, beginning the bankruptcy process is one of the most effective ways to stop harassing phone calls from your creditors so that you can regain control of your finances. If you or a loved one has been seriously thinking about declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you may have thought about beginning the process on your own. Bankruptcies are notorious for being expensive and the thought of having to pay attorney fees can seem impossible. That shouldn't mean you have to make a risky decision. 

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Property in a Bankruptcy Case

When you file for bankruptcy, there are myriad different aspects of your life that will be affected. While most should be positive, there may be some things that come along with bankruptcy that you weren’t expecting. As your trusted local NJ bankruptcy attorneys, we at Scura are here to help you determine which assets will be affected in a bankruptcy filing and set your mind at ease.

6 Bad Financial Habits That Are Signs You Should Consider Bankruptcy

In many circumstances, you take on debt because something unexpected happens. You or a loved one may lose a job or face long-term health problems. In other situations, however, the need to file bankruptcy may arise because you have developed some poor financial habits that trap you in a cycle of taking on more and more debt.

The Impact of a Judgement of Possession on Your Lease in Bankruptcy

Has falling behind on your lease obligation caused your landlord to initiate eviction proceedings against you? If so, has the landlord also obtained a judgment of possession for the premises? This blog will explore your options if you are currently facing this scenario through a bankruptcy proceeding.

How Bankruptcy Can Stop A Wage Garnishment

Generally, individuals file for bankruptcy after their creditors begin collection actions for repayment of outstanding debts. These actions may include written notices and daily phone calls. However, if the creditor is unable to obtain consensual repayment, they may seek additional legal remedies, including a wage garnishment order.  When an individual experiences a wage garnishment, it is likely they are facing a financial hardship and garnishment will exacerbates the situation.

Retaining Your Property after a Foreclosure Sale?

Has your property recently been foreclosed upon at a sheriff sale leaving you scrambling to try to retain it? There is an avenue of the law that may provide you with a potential solution through a preference action in a bankruptcy proceeding. However, as this blog will explore, it is an unsettled area of the law meaning that different parts of the country have ruled in different ways on this issue. Despite the uncertainty, pursuing this legal avenue may be your last best hope.

Types of New Jersey Bankruptcy Exemptions

New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the U.S. However, all of that income comes at a price—New Jersey also has high property taxes and even higher rent prices. It is in the top five most expensive locations to purchase a home in the United States. The U.S. average credit card debt is $6,304.26, but it is $8,406.60 for those in New Jersey.

How Are Medical Bills Treated in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Medical bills are one of the biggest financial burdens that Americans worry about each year. Different from your monthly credit card bills or mortgage payments, medical bills can often be so large threat they become a scary afterthought that most people simply don’t want to deal with. For this reason, medical bills are also one of the most common reasons that Americans seek debt relief through Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Can I File Bankruptcy if I Own a Business? [Video]

[David Stevens, Esq. answers your questions about owning a business and filing for bankruptcy ]

That's a question I'm asked very often, and the answer is of course you can. The issue is not whether you own a business. The question is does the business have such value that it's a concern for us, and even if it did, how do we treat that value in a bankruptcy context?
 

Potential Changes to Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharges

For many individuals, student loans are the greatest financial burden to their daily lives. With the rising cost of education and high interest rates, it can be impossible to repay student loan debt. College loan balances in the United States have jumped to $1.4 trillion dollars, with a default rate of over 11 percent. However, the federal government may soon be revising its policies concerning student loan forgiveness in bankruptcy.

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