• I Pass the Means Test – Can I File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

    Before consulting with an experienced bankruptcy attorney, many Georgians perform some of their own research on Google in order to see if they qualify to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Most people prefer to file Chapter 7 over Chapter 13 because at the conclusion of a successful Chapter 7 case, the bankruptcy court wipes away all of the person’s qualifying debts, whereas Chapter ...

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  • How Much Does it Cost to File Bankruptcy?

    It probably seems counter-intuitive that it costs money to file for bankruptcy. After all, don’t you file for bankruptcy when you have serious financial problems? While the answer to that questions is yes, there are still costs associated with filing for bankruptcy, a fact that surprises many Georgians when they try to complete this process on their own.

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  • How Bankruptcy Affects Your Credit Report

    Bankruptcy is the legal process that an individual or family may complete in order to have their qualifying debts discharged. When debts are discharged, the family no longer has to pay them and the bill collectors have to stop contacting them – which sounds like very good news to a lot of Georgians who are having trouble meeting their monthly bills.

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  • What Are Pre-Petition and Post-Petition Debts?

    The recent economic recession has affected Americans all over the country, causing hundreds of thousands of our friends and neighbors to take on multiple jobs or take out loans in order to make ends meet. Unfortunately, Georgia is no exception and many Georgian residents have found that they simply cannot meet their monthly debt obligations.

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  • How To Repair Your Credit After Bankruptcy

    Anyone who has faced bankruptcy proceedings knows how frightening the experience can be. After it’s all over, you’ll need to rebuild your credit, but how can you do this, and where will you start? Studies by the Fair Isaac Corporation, better known as FICO, show that filing for bankruptcy can lower your credit score by as many as 240 points.

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  • Can I Be Discriminated Against for Filing Bankruptcy

    The decision to file for bankruptcy is a very personal and private decision. Many Georgians have wisely sought the advice of bankruptcy attorneys to help them make an informed decision on whether filing for bankruptcy is the best solution to their financial problems. Now, that being said, once a bankruptcy case is filed it is no longer personal nor private because bankruptcy ca ...

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  • Help!  I  Cannot Pay My Credit Cards!

    If you are reading this post, it is likely that you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are struggling to pay their bills as the country continues to cope with the economic recession. Because the recession has resulted in many people losing their jobs (and the inability of many college graduates to secure their first job), a large number of Georgians have been ...

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  • Common Bankruptcy Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    One reason why it is highly advisable that Georgians work with experienced bankruptcy attorneys is because the bankruptcy system is not very simple nor user-friendly, and filing a successful case can rarely be considered a do-it-yourself project. There are many laws and rules that bankruptcy filers (called debtors) must abide by in order to ensure their case is approved by the bankruptcy judge.

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  • Do I Still Need to Pay My Taxes if I File for Bankruptcy?

    No one looks forward to preparing and filing their taxes. Just like most Americans, many Georgian residents are very confused about what forms they need to fill out and how much money they need to send the government (if any) every tax season. Filing taxes can be even more stressful if the person has experienced a particular financial hardship during the year.

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