Category: Bankruptcy

Dogged by numerous creditors? Unable to afford the lease payments on your business space? When the battle to remain solvent becomes too tough, an option of last resort for individuals and business owners is filing for bankruptcy. It can be a tough sell for many. We have it drilled into us that bankruptcy is a moral failing, the result of careless money management. It may surprise you to know, then, that medical expenses are the number one reason Americans file for personal bankruptcy, and most of those individuals have some form of health insurance. By some estimates, […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

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 […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

Equifax has been in the news quite a bit as of late, but a recent change in their policy, unrelated to the recent data breach, may have a serious impact on the credit ratings of those who have filed for bankruptcy. By having a better understanding of this change and what it means for those who have filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in the past decade, consumers can be better informed and aware of the ever-increasing need for transparency among the major credit-reporting bureaus. Understanding the Change Other major credit-reporting bureaus, such as Experian and […]

Attorney Caryn L. Belobraidich

Attorney Caryn L. Belobraidich has handled Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcies for individuals and businesses and Chapter 13 reorganizations for twenty years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to get her J.D. degree at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Caryn tries to make the bankruptcy process as pleasant as possible for all of her clients. [ Attorney Bio ]

Consumers with liens or civil judgments without proper identifying records got some relief July 1, when the three major credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian and Equifax – purged their records of that information if it was incompletely filed or had not been updated in the last 90 days. Newer material that doesn’t meet the updated criteria for information will not be added to the report. What this means is that for those with bad marks on their credit scores, their scores may move higher. Everything not Removed This move from the reporting agencies does not […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

For various reasons, sometimes it’s simply not possible to complete and file a tax return by the April deadline. Whether it’s because all the information isn’t available, the person filing has questions they aren’t sure how to answer or a myriad of other reasons, sometimes taxpayers find that the April deadline simply isn’t going to make the cut. So what to do? While there are differences in opinion among professionals, the easiest solution, especially for an individual, is simply to file for an extension with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 4648. On one side of […]

Attorney Caryn L. Belobraidich

Attorney Caryn L. Belobraidich has handled Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcies for individuals and businesses and Chapter 13 reorganizations for twenty years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to get her J.D. degree at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Caryn tries to make the bankruptcy process as pleasant as possible for all of her clients. [ Attorney Bio ]

If you are faced with a bankruptcy in the state of Kentucky, there are a few items that are allowed to be kept during this time. One of these items is firearms. Although guns must be listed as assets in bankruptcy, gun collections are usually exempted under the Wildcard exemption, so you might be able to keep your collection depending on its value. Most people believe they can just transfer their guns to someone else to avoid listing them in the bankruptcy petition, but this is a bad idea. If there have been any transfers […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

  The word “audit” tends to strike fear (or at least mild apprehension) in the heart of every taxpayer, but the Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only government entity that can use its official powers to investigate citizens and their paperwork. The United States Trustee Program (USTP), part of the Department of Justice, oversees the administration of corporate and consumer bankruptcy cases. One of its specific responsibilities is “taking legal action to enforce the requirements of the Bankruptcy Code, and to prevent fraud and abuse.” When the Bankruptcy Code was overhauled a decade ago, it gave the […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

Collection lawsuits can be costly and time-consuming, so many creditors look for alternative debt repayment. They will repossess the collateral, stop providing the service, or accept reduced payments. While not all creditors turn to the courts to collect on an overdue debt, they do retain that right and may choose to pursue legal action if the debtor has any income or assets. Many creditors sell defaulted debt to collection agencies for pennies on the dollar, figuring that some payment is better than none at all. The collection agencies take on the headache and the possibility […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

They say timing is everything, and that is certainly true when it comes to bankruptcy. What you own and what you owe must be listed in the schedules that you file with the bankruptcy court. But what about income or assets that come your way while your case is pending? Whether anticipated or not, the federal Bankruptcy Code requires the reporting of any funds that a debtor becomes entitled to within 180 days of the date he or she filed for bankruptcy. That means inherited money or property becomes part of the bankruptcy estate if […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

Bankruptcy makes a long-term financial and legal impact on your life. Not to mention the emotional toll it takes, having to decide whether it’s even the wisest course of action, having to go through the process, then having to essentially start your financial life over again. Filing for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 takes extraordinarily careful preparation, as well as understanding of the law. Misunderstandings or mistakes end up affecting your rights, more often than not. Life is complicated, and so are your finances. It is perfectly legal to file “pro se,” […]

Attorney Matthew Bunch

Matt handles complicated bankruptcies and debt restructuring in Chapters 11 and 13 for both individuals and companies. He has also negotiated with multiple creditors on behalf of his clients to avoid bankruptcy. Matt is the firm’s lead litigator and handles contract disputes, certain personal injury claims and general litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]