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How to Rebuild Your Credit Score

If you have accumulated more debt than you can reasonably afford to pay, filing for bankruptcy is often the best option. When you file for bankruptcy, you are able to get out from under the debt and ensure a better financial future for yourself and your family. However, the bankruptcy will have a negative effect on your credit score. Fortunately, you can take steps to rebuild your credit after bankruptcy. If you’ve gone through a bankruptcy or are likely to go through one in the near future, it’s important for you to know how to […]

What are Kentucky’s Exemptions for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

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If you’re thinking of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you probably already know that the standard process is to liquidate (sell) your property. Property exemptions allow you to protect some of your property from being liquidated to repay your creditors. In Kentucky, you have the option of choosing between federal and state exemptions when you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The federal exemptions are generally more favorable to you than the state exemptions, so in the list below you’ll find a list of the federal exemptions that can apply to your Chapter 7. Chapter 7 […]

How to File Bankruptcy in KY

If you are considering filing bankruptcy in Kentucky, this is going to be a difficult and confusing time. Sometimes things happen in our lives that we can’t help. A sudden layoff, a business mishap, or an unexpected medical crisis can always threaten a person’s financial stability. Through no fault of your own, you could be facing financial troubles. This is probably the first time in your life you’ve ever been thinking about filing bankruptcy. If you’re considering filing bankruptcy, it’s important for you to know the right way to go about this process. Let’s get […]

What Are the Repossession Laws in KY?

What Are the Repossession Laws in KY?

If you fall behind on loan payments for a car, truck, or other vehicle, the creditor has a legal right to repossess this property. For people struggling with finances due to a temporary set-back, losing transportation this way can be devastating. It is certainly difficult to earn necessary wages when you lack reliable transport to get to and from work. If you understand repossession laws, you can take steps to prevent seizure of your vehicle or get your automobile back as soon as possible. What are the repossession laws in KY? Below you will find […]

Does Bankruptcy Affect Child Support Payments in Kentucky?

Does bankruptcy affect child support payments in Kentucky?

Financial support for children is of primary importance, and Kentucky gives child support obligations priority in any bankruptcy proceeding. Filing for Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy will not discharge child support arrearages or put a stop to a payee’s obligation to continue monthly payments. It is very important for child support, as well as alimony payments, to continue throughout bankruptcy proceedings. If court-ordered support stops, it can lead to garnished wages and other consequences, including suspension of the driver’s license or even incarceration. Note that if a Kentucky bankruptcy filer lacks resources to […]

Large Retail Bankruptcy News: “Sleep Outfitters” Files for Bankruptcy

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The “Sleep Outfitters” retail chain has petitioned Kentucky courts for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. On January 11, 2019, Sleep Outfitters, a subsidiary of Innovative Mattress Solutions, LLC,   filed for bankruptcy in  the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington Division. Similar, large retail bankruptcy filings have become increasingly commonplace in recent years. There were 16 significant retail filings in 2018 and, as of early February, six more in 2019. Sleep Outfitters’ Bankruptcy Case In this case, Sleep Outfitters sought to borrow funding in order to continue business operations as the company looks […]

Buying a House after Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

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After receiving a bankruptcy filing discharge in Kentucky, it is time to look forward. One of the best reasons to file bankruptcy is to leave past problems behind and move toward a fresh start. You will be free of the burden of unmanageable debt, but you will also face the challenge of a lower credit score. If buying a house after Chapter 7 bankruptcy is your dream, this is a potentially achievable goal. Many people surprisingly learn they may qualify for a post-bankruptcy mortgage much sooner after filing than expected. How Soon After Chapter 7 […]

What are the Chapter 7 exemptions in Kentucky?

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Kentucky Bankruptcy Exemptions Help You Get a Fresh Start The purpose of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to get a fresh start financially, and Kentucky bankruptcy exemptions are one way to help you do so. These exemptions keep you from being left destitute and allow you to start over with enough essential property to allow you to recover from your debts and get back on your feet again. While you may have to liquidate and sell off some property in Chapter 7 to pay off your debts, your exemptions protect certain types of property […]

Can I Keep My Car If I File Chapter 7?

Can I Keep My Car If I File Chapter 7?

If you are thinking about filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief, you probably know this involves “liquidation,” or selling of property, to pay back debts. This is naturally worrying, especially when it comes to the property you need, such as a vehicle you use for transportation. Many pre-bankruptcy clients wonder, “Can I keep my car if I file Chapter 7?” The answer is: there is a good chance you can keep your vehicle post-bankruptcy. If there is a loan against your car, the lender has the right to repossess it for lack of payment. The […]

How to Confront Unpaid Loans with a Bankruptcy

How to Confront Unpaid Loans with a Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can eliminate many types of outstanding debt, including credit card balances and medical bills; but what about loans for big-ticket items like a car, house, or furniture?  A vehicle loan, a home mortgage, and a payment plan for merchandise may also be some of the loans with a bankruptcy that are dischargeable, depending upon your goals and individual circumstances. Unsecured v. Secured Loans There are two types of common loans dealt with in bankruptcy court: secured and unsecured credit. A secured loan is backed by a debtor’s obligation to return property that […]