• Getting From Point A to Point B With Money

    Taking a trip is exciting. You have a staring place [“Point A”] and a destination [“Point B”]. Along the way, is the “journey.” Getting from Point A to Point B is simple when it’s a road trip because we look at a map, or nowadays, we’ll just plug in our destination into our GPS system, and the road to our destination appears before us.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 25 readers -
  • Debt Jubilee Brings End To Debt Threats

    In today’s Los Angeles Times, Tom Petruno’s (@tpetruno) article entitled, Debt Threat Looms, again, he warns us of inevitable business cycles and where the economy is headed. You see, in order for the economy to move full steam ahead, we need to continue to spend money. The problem with that concept is that we’re so buried in debt, we can’t spend any more.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 26 readers -
  • 2016 New Year’s Resolutions Infographic

    Treat your New Year’s resolutions like goals and then take regular action steps each day to help you reach your goals this year. It’s important to write your goals down and then take some action toward those goals. For instance, if you’re desire is to get out of debt, then you must write down how much debt you have and to whom that debt is owed.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 22 readers -
  • Pros & Cons: Married Filing Separately

    If you are married and considering Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you have additional issues to think about. To start, you’ll have to decide which option works best for you: filing a joint bankruptcy or an individual bankruptcy petition. For most couples, joint bankruptcy will protect more of your property and discharge more debts. But not always.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 37 readers -
  • Options For 2nd Mortgages After Bankruptcy

    Here’s a question posted recently over at AVVO.com.: “We had a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged two(2) years ago. We have a second mortgage that we haven’t paid on in 2.5 years that has a $95,000 balance. We have not had any communication with the lender. Would like to know what our options are and the repercussions that are in the future.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 44 readers -
  • Retirement Planning Through Bankruptcy

    My husband is at it again; writing blog articles for me that is. Here are his thoughts on retirement planning and bankrutpcy: It surprises me that many people are not as concerned as retirement as I am. I guess my “normal” is just not quite aligned with other people’s “normal”. I recently heard of a friend of a friend, who took out a fairly large sum of money out of their 40 ...

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 38 readers -
  • Just Got Sued? Do This First . . .

    If you’ve just gotten served court papers, indicating that a debt collector has sued you, you must act quickly to develop the best strategy in defending this law suit. You only have 3o days to respond to this lawsuit, so time is of the essence. Making the right decision as to your options must be explored immediately. FIRST You’ll need to decide whether to fight the law suit or not.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 10 readers -
  • Student Loan Debt Crisis; Fix Undue Hardship

    In a recent Los Angeles Times article, entitled Degree of Debt, soaring student loan debt burden poses risk to economic growth. The article states that student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy, which is simply untrue. My firm alone, has discharged two student loans to date and many colleagues across the country are now taking up these issues. Check out these success stories here and here.

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 40 readers -
  • A Bankruptcy Expedites Financial Success

    I’m so tired of hearing that “bankruptcy is failure.” It’s simply not true, and yes, I am biased. However, I have seen bankruptcy success stories, like Dave Ramsey, Walt Disney, J.C. Penny, darn near every football player ever, and more are listed in this article. If bankruptcy works for successful business folks, then why are you still sitting there believing that you should d ...

    Christine Kingston/ Los Angeles Bankruptcy Law Monitor- 34 readers -
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