A Quick Guide To Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy isn’t a situation that anybody wants to be in. The main reason people file for bankruptcy is that their debt has gotten to the point that it can no longer be handled effectively, and often they are forced into making this move. When debt becomes too overwhelming for a person or a business in Tampa, it is not always possible to continue making payments. Rather than suffering the severe long-term consequences of getting further into unmanageable debt, bankruptcy can seem like the preferable alternative. Read More +

Treatment Of Child Support Arrears Owed To Bankruptcy Debtor

How may the Bankruptcy Court treat child support arrears owed to a Debtor who files Bankruptcy? In such an instance, the Debtor or the Bankruptcy Attorney, on behalf of the Debtor, may engage in an analysis of two important concepts in Bankruptcy. The first question is whether child support or child support arrears are even to be included in the Bankruptcy Estate. How the property or asset in question is treated in its inclusion or exclusion from the Bankruptcy Estate, has a primary effect on Read More +

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Treatment Of Automobile Accidents

If a Debtor is in an automobile accident, either before the filing of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or after the filing of Chapter 13, proceeds from any personal injury or property settlement arising out of the accident, are included in the Bankruptcy Estate. In Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in which the Debtor uses the Florida Bankruptcy Exemptions, there is no Exemption that specifically protects such proceeds arising from the accident. Most of our clients in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, who are involved in an automobile accident, suffer Read More +

Effect Of Conversion Of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy To Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Code Section 348(f) states when a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is converted to a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Estate does not include property acquired by the Debtor after the original Chapter 13 Bankruptcy was filed. This is an interesting element of Bankruptcy Law because in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy the Bankruptcy Estate can include property or assets that are held by the Debtor both before the filing of the Bankruptcy and after the filing of the Bankruptcy, during the entire term of the Chapter Read More +

Can I File For Bankruptcy If I Lose My Job?

Many individuals in Florida found themselves unemployed once the epidemic hit. About 13.5% of the entire nation’s workforce, which equals out to be approximately 22 million people, were forced to file for unemployment benefits once the Coronavirus took its toll, according to the United States Department of Labor. With new strains of the virus popping up, many individuals have used bankruptcy as a means to erase their debts. Debts continue to rise for many people, yet they are uncertain about filing for bankruptcy as they Read More +

Alternatives To Paying The Collection Agencies

It can be truly unpleasant to deal with collection agencies. A lot of people wonder how their debt became the business of a collection agency in the first place? In most cases, the creditors such as credit card companies or some other organization you have received services from, send the debt to the collection agency after four months of non-payment. If the creditor tried to contact you to seek payment in this period and failed to do so he will send the case to a Read More +

The Effects Of Bankruptcy On Your Credit Report

Your credit score is more important than ever before, affecting everything from your job prospects to your credit card interest rates. Many people use their energy to acquire and keep the best credit score possible, but sometimes this isn’t possible due to an unforeseen event. When this happens, you may need to file for liquidation. How the Bankruptcy Process Works When you take out a credit card or loan, it’ll be listed on your credit report. If you can’t pay, the information will fall off Read More +

What You Should Know About Bankruptcy And Your Credit

Unfortunately, 2021 hasn’t been a good year for many people financially. The tough economy has led to furloughs and layoffs, leaving people in a disastrous financial position. Even if you’re lucky enough to have been able to return to work, you may find that you’re still faced with a reduction in pay or hours. When faced with financial issues, you must make some tough decisions at the end of the month. You need to decide which bills to pay now and which ones to pay Read More +

Treatment Of Auto Accident That Occurred After The Filing Of Bankruptcy

If a Debtor files Bankruptcy and following the filing of the Bankruptcy, the Debtor is in an auto accident, then how such accident is treated by the bankruptcy trustee depends heavily upon whether the Debtor filed a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Bankruptcy Code Section 541(a) states that the commencement or filing of the bankruptcy case creates an estate. This is referred to as the bankruptcy estate. The bankruptcy estate, according to Bankruptcy Code Section 541(a)(1) consists of all legal and equitable interests Read More +

Issue Of Acreage Limitations In The Claim Of The Florida Homestead Exemptions In Federal Bankruptcy Proceedings

My name is Jay Weller, President of the Weller Legal Group PA. I am an attorney that represents Debtors in bankruptcy proceedings in the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court, Tampa Division. For any Debtor with a Homestead, who wants to retain their Homestead, file Bankruptcy, and successfully claim the Florida Homestead Exemption, it is important such Debtor be aware of the acreage limitations imposed by such Exemption. In the State of Florida, its Homestead Exemption limits one Debtor to ½ acre of land if Read More +