There is more outstanding student loan debt in the United States today than there is credit card debt. The credit card debacle of five years ago is being replaced by a student loan debacle, and the situation is projected to continue.
It is widely believed that you can’t do anything about student loans in bankruptcy. However, the bankruptcy code does provide for “hardship discharge” of student loans in Chapter 7 under extremely limited circumstances that requires expensive litigation. (Unless you are old and in terrible shape, you probably won’t qualify.) Read more “Reorganizing Student Loans”
Q: I was a little behind on my car payments, and my car was repossessed. Can filing a bankruptcy help me get it back?
A: Yes. Chapter 13’s are often used to cure defaults on car notes. Having the car repossessed does not in and of itself make you lose all of your rights in the car. So long as you have any remaining rights, you can usually use a Chapter 13 to force the lender to give it back and let you pay for it through your Chapter 13 plan. Read more “Bankruptcies and Vehicle Repossession: Q & A”
Q: I’m behind on the house payments. My bank stopped accepting payments, and I received a letter saying that my mortgage has been referred to a lawyer for foreclosure. What does that mean? Will filing a bankruptcy help this situation?
A: “Foreclosure” is the process by which the lender on real estate takes title back from the borrower because of a default, usually by missing payments. There is no minimum number of missed payments that will trigger this action. If payments are not made according to the schedule set out in the note, the bank has the discretion to foreclose.
Read more “Bankruptcies and Foreclosure: Q & A”