Itt Tech: An Epic Failure On Many Levels

Many people in the United States would be surprised to learn that the profit motive in “higher education” is not something that just magically appeared during the second half of the 20th century. A large number of for-profit colleges, institutes, and “universities” were founded in the decades after the end of the Second World War. Having “profit” as a motive for setting up and operating for-profit schools, however, had its genesis in the United States long before the 20th century; the roots of for-profit education Read More +

Bankruptcy, Layoffs And Likely Sale – The “fate” Of A Pulitzer Prize-winning Newspaper

One of West Virginia’s oldest newspapers, the Charleston Gazette-Mail announced on Monday, January 29, 2018, that a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing “is imminent”. The actual filing of bankruptcy pleadings has not been confirmed. Informed sources say the plan was to file the requisite Chapter 11 bankruptcy paperwork on Tuesday, January, 30th.If a Chapter 11 filing is commenced, West Virginia’s largest newspaper could be sold coming out of bankruptcy or otherwise liquidated. The report of the pending bankruptcy filing included news that the parent company of Read More +

Bankruptcy Assistance In Clearwater

Bankruptcy assistance and representation in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and most avenues to address issues with debt, are available here at Weller Legal Group PA.  Weller Legal Group provides assistance in primarily Bankruptcy representation of debtors.  However, we offer programs to address debt outside of Bankruptcy, including Credit Counseling, Debt Settlements, Foreclosure Defense, and Credit Repair. Jay Weller founded Weller Legal Group in 1993, and quickly grew to seven offices throughout Florida, including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, Clearwater, Bradenton/Sarasota, and Port Richey, Florida.  Read More +

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Protection Of Tax Refund The Matter Of In Re Gibson

In Chapter 13 Bankruptcy the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee will often attempt to seize or attach the tax refund of the Chapter 13 Debtor. The position of the Chapter 13 Trustee is that the tax refund received by the Debtor is additional disposable income that ought to be contributed to the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan. Even in jurisdiction in which a tax refund is considered exempt, or for which there are available exemptions to protect the tax refund, the Trustee will likely argue that the Read More +

Valuation Of Assets In Bankruptcy

Valuation of property or assets in bankruptcy is an important element of any bankruptcy, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The proper standard of valuation has been the subject of considerable debate and litigation. Some of the controversy surrounding valuation of assets in bankruptcy has been ameliorated by the passage of the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA). The standard usually applied in determining the value of an asset for purposes of bankruptcy is the price a retail merchant would charge Read More +

Creditor Harassment Summary

OFFENDING PARTY A DEBT COLLECTOR? MUST BE A DEBT COLLECTOR AND NOT ORIGINAL CREDITOR COLLECTING DEBT. DID DEBT COLLECTOR IDENTIFY HIMSELF AS A DEBT COLLECTOR? WAS DEBT A CONSUMER DEBT TRANSACTION? INCLUDES BAD CHECKS, CONDO ASSESSMENT FEES, RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PAYMENTS, MUNICIPAL WATER SERVICE, REPOSSESSIONS EXCLUDES CHILD SUPPORT, TORT CLAIMS, AND PERSONAL TAXES VALIDITY OF DEBT IRRELEVANT FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT – FEDERAL LAW [15 USC 1692]. STRICT LIABILITY STATUTE, STATUTORY DAMAGES UP TO $1,000 PER VIOLATION. ACTUAL DAMAGES ALSO. REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES. ONE YEAR Read More +

Tarpon Springs Florida

General Information Tarpon Springs, Florida is a quaint nostalgic city with a population of approximately 25,000 people. It is located in Pinellas County on the Anclote River less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Florida. Its’ location is about 30 miles northwest of Tampa and just 20 minutes north of Clearwater. This city is a modern day “Little Greece” and is primarily recognized today for its’ famed sponge docks and Greek heritage. Markedly, Tarpon Springs has more Greek Read More +

Bankruptcy Waiting Periods

CHAPTERS WAITING PERIOD 7 TO 7 8 YEARS FROM PREVIOUS FILING 13 TO 13 2 YEARS FROM PREVIOUS FILING (CASE MUST BE CLOSED) 7 TO 13 4 YEARS FROM PREVIOUS FILING 13 TO 7 6 YEARS FROM PREVIOUS FILING UNLESS 100% OF THE UNSECURED WERE PAID IN THE PRIOR CHAPTER 13 OR AT LEAST 70% OF THE UNSECURED DEBTS WERE PAID IN THE PRIOR CHAPTER 13 AND THE PLAN WAS PROPOSED IN GOOD FAITH The above chart represents the period of time a debtor must Read More +

Florida Homestead Exemption

The State of Florida provides a homestead exemption which is designed to protect persons from the attachment or seizure of their places of residence by creditors. The homestead exemption provides protection against such creditor action to debtors who file bankruptcy and debtors who do not file bankruptcy. The homestead exemption for purposes of asset protection is often confused with the homestead exemption that provides a reduction in property tax obligations. This article will discuss the homestead exemption as it applies to debtors seeking to protect their Read More +

Chapter 9 Bankruptcy: Hartford, Detroit, Et Al

The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, Luke Bronin has been intimating for a number of months that the city may need to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a form of bankruptcy where a municipality can seek to reorganize its debts, and arrange such debts in a reduced payment over a period of years. According to reports, Hartford currently has a $65 million dollar deficit and has problems meeting its obligations, including upcoming shortfalls in revenue of $7 million in November, 2017 and $39.2 Read More +