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  • The Downside of Rent-To-Own Contracts

    Every day, I meet with people to discuss their finances. One common subject is classifying the type of debts that they have. Rent-to-own contracts have become all too common in today’s financial market. Many people are unable to acquire standard financing so they turn to alternate methods to acquire property.

    Joshua Lawhorn/ Bond and Botes- 40 readers -
  • Defenses to a Preferential Transfer Suit

    In my last blog, I described what constitutes a preferential transfer under the Bankruptcy Code. Now I’ll go into a few of the defenses a creditor might have to a preference lawsuit by the bankruptcy Trustee. These defenses, as well as several others, are set forth in Section 547 of the Bankruptcy Code.

    Kathryn Davis/ Bond and Botes- 38 readers -
  • Helping Homeless Veterans

    Promised Land: VA Deal to House Homeless Los Angeles Veterans In a saga that spans several years, new VA Secretary Robert McDonald recently reached an agreement that will help house many homeless veterans in the Los Angeles, California area. This saga goes back to the late 1800s and involves very expensive California property. The story can be found here.

    Ron Sykstus/ Bond and Botes- 36 readers -
  • Tips on Improving Your Relationship with Your Attorney

    In bankruptcy court yesterday, I witnessed a judge give a debtor in a Chapter 13 case the opportunity in open court to state why she was upset with her attorney. It was a cringe worthy moment and a reminder to me of how easily an attorney/client relationship can go south if not carefully attended to by both sides.

    Carla M. Handy/ Bond and Botes- 30 readers -
  • Can Student Loan Creditors Take my Tax Refund or Garnish my Wages?

    If you are in default on your student loan, the student loan creditor, or the collection agency for the student loan creditor can seek to garnish your wages or take your tax refund to offset the loan amount. A tax offset is where the Department of Education notifies the Department of Treasury to take the IRS tax refund to apply toward the loan amount that is due.

    Cynthia Lawson/ Bond and Botes- 29 readers -
  • The Debt Relief “Big Picture”

    When it comes to eliminating debt, there are really only three broad strategies from which to choose. If you are struggling with debt problems, you should consider the “big picture” as you try to intelligently assess your options. Looking at the “big picture” will help you either solve your problems or prepare you to consult with a competent debt relief attorney.

    Ed Woods/ Bond and Botes- 24 readers -
  • Doing the Right Thing

    Countless people throughout the years have come into my office Weak and Wearied, Choking back tears, Saying thru gritted teeth…..”I have worked SO HARD to pay back these creditors….” (voice trailing off) “Only to find I have nothing to show for it! The creditors got ZERO!” Or even worse: “I’ve been SUED! I thought I was doing the right thing!” The pain and agony of worki ...

    J Suzanne Shinn/ Bond and Botes- 25 readers -
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