Negotiating Debt With Your Credit Card Company

Statistics show that the average person living in the state of Florida today has over $8,000 in credit card debt. This debt can quickly become unsustainable with how high-interest rates are. Therefore many people are wondering if they can negotiate with their creditors. Unfortunately, the answer is only “maybe” since companies differ in how willing they are to negotiate depending on how far behind in payments you’ve fallen. Know What Your Goals Are Before you pick up your phone to call the credit card agency Read More +

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Retention Of Tax Refund

REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE COPIES OF TAX RETURNS TO CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEE IN CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY, THE COURT WILL REQUIRE THAT ALL DEBTORS TIMELY FILE TAX RETURNS DURING THE CASE PENDENCY. WHEN YOU FILE YOUR TAX RETURN, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL SUCH COPIES TO JWELLER@WELLERLEGALGROUP.COM OR OTHERWISE PROVIDE A COPY OF THE TAX RETURN TO OUR OFFICE, IN ORDER THAT THE OFFICE MAY PROVIDE THE COPY OF THE TAX RETURN TO THE CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEE. THE BANKRUPTCY COURT AND THE CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEE REQUIRE A COPY OF Read More +

Bankruptcy Attorney Procedures For Phone Consultation With Client [to Be Held After Signing Petition, But Before Scheduled 341 Hearing]

SCHEDULE MEETING WITH CLIENT 7-8 DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED 341 HEARING DEBTOR(S) NAME ON SOCIAL SECURITY CARD MUST EXACTLY MATCH THE NAME ON THE PETITION. REVIEW APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS. DEBTOR(S) MUST READ THE BANKRUPTCY INFORMATION SHEET DEBTOR(S) MUST HAVE A COPY OF THE BANKRUPTCY PETITION. THE PETITION SHOULD BE EMAILED TO THE DEBTOR(S) AT THE TIME OF THE FILING OF THE PETITION. THE OFFICE MAY CREATE A DESIGNATED EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR THE DEBTOR(S) OR THE DEBTOR(S) MAY PREFER TO HAVE THE PETITION EMAILED TO ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Read More +

Bankruptcy Considerations For Small Business Owners

Chapter 7 liquidation use to be the only type of bankruptcy a small business could file for. If they wanted to remain in business they’d need to file for Chapter 11 protection and fill out a lot of paperwork. However, in 2019 Congress passed a Reorganization Act entitled Subchapter V. With Subchapter V bankruptcy is streamlined. A business will get a lot of benefits for filing Chapter 11 (e.g. the ability to restructure its loans). There also aren’t as many hoops there as exist for Read More +

Refund Request Template

Dear [NAME OF CLIENT], In response to your request for a refund of the fees that you have paid to our office, a full review of your case has been conducted. It appears that you have paid a total of [AMOUNT IN DOLLARS PAID] to our office for legal services. A review of your file reveals that you have scheduled a total of [NUMBER OF APPOINTMENTS] with the office, of which [NUMBER OF APPOINTMENTS CONDUCTED] appointments were conducted. Each appointment with our office incurs an Read More +

Procedures For Potential Clients Seeking To File Bankruptcy

PHONE OR IN PERSON CONSULTATION (DEPENDING UPON AVAILABILITY) WITH JAY WELLER IS MANDATORY. MR. WELLER WILL DISCUSS WITH THE POTENTIAL CLIENT ALL OF THE ISSUES, TYPICALLY RELATED TO BANKRUPTCY, HOW THOSE ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED IN BANKRUPTCY, THE DIFFERENT CHAPTERS OF BANKRUPTCY, AND REMEDIES OTHER THAN FILING BANKRUPTCY, AND THEIR FEASIBILITY, AND EFFECTIVENESS. MR. WELLER WILL DEMONSTRATE HOW BANKRUPTCY RELATES TO THE SPECIFIC ISSUES CONFRONTING THE POTENTIAL CLIENT. UPON A FULL ANALYSIS OF THE POTENTIAL CLIENT’S ISSUES AND CIRCUMSTANCES, THE POTENTIAL CLIENT CAN THEN MAKE AN Read More +

Procedure For Debtor Or Debtors Seeking Sanctions Against A Creditor Or Other Party For Automatic Stay Violations

A WRITTEN STATEMENT SIGNED AND NOTARIZED BY THE DEBTOR OR DEBTORS EXPLAINING IN DETAIL THE ACTIONS BY THE CREDITOR OR OTHER PARTY. ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT FURNISHES PROOF THAT THE CREDITOR ACTED IN A HARASSING MANNER, SUBSEQUENT TO THE FILING OF THE BANKRUPTCY, IN AN EFFORT TO COLLECT A DEBT CLAIMED BY THAT CREDITOR, OR OTHER PARTY, AGAINST THE DEBTOR OR DEBTORS. ANY WRITTEN STATEMENTS BY ANY PERSON OR PERSONS, WHO ARE WITNESS TO THE ACTIONS OF THE CREDITOR OR OTHER PARTY. ANY PHONE RECORDS, Read More +

Should You File For Bankruptcy After The Holidays Are Over?

It seems that the stress of the holidays is only amplified once they blow over and January rolls around and you see your credit card bills and other payments that need to be taken care of. Many individuals may assume that it’s best to file for bankruptcy right after the holidays are finished, but it is a bit more complex than one may think. Filing for bankruptcy after the holidays might be a huge error for some people, and could do more to hurt them Read More +

The Benefits Of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy For Businesses

Unfortunately as a business, you can’t file for protection under Chapter 13 bankruptcy unless you’re a sole proprietor who’s worried about losing your property. In this case, you’ll want a lawyer on your side who’s helped other small businesses analyze their options for bankruptcy. They can help you determine if a Chapter 7 liquidation is appropriate for you or if you should be pursuing a Chapter 13 instead. Sole Proprietors It’s important to understand who a sole proprietor is. According to the law, they’re someone Read More +

Tampa Bankruptcy Attorney Celebrates 27 Years Of Service In The Bankruptcy Court

Jay Weller, founder and President of Weller Legal Group has this year completed more than 27 years representing persons and small business in the Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Weller has devoted the majority of his professional legal career to the representation of Debtors, and Debtors only, in the Tampa Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Weller primarily represents clients in the filing of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. In the greater Tampa Bay area, Weller Legal Group has represented individuals and small businesses in many thousands of Read More +