We at The Weller Legal Group know how difficult it is to file bankruptcy. We are here to help you with making the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process easier for you and your family. In this article we are going to discuss a common question that we get asked and that is what are the duties of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee. WHAT IS CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY? Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the type of bankruptcy where a trustee is appointed to liquidate nonexempt assets to pay Read More +
The decision to file for bankruptcy is a tough one no matter how you cut it. Going through the bankruptcy process takes time and money. Once a petition is filed, a person’s entire financial situation is a matter of public record and open to others. The process will take an emotional toll on the filer and his/her family and loved ones as well. So – again – the decision to file for bankruptcy is a tough one. One that should not be taken lightly and Read More +
Florida and Pinellas County The first permanent white settlement on the Pinellas Peninsula was established in 1832 by Odet Philippe in the present-day Safety Harbor area of Pinellas County. The settlement history of the county, however, dates back much farther, to about 200 A.D., when the Weeden Island culture took hold along the central Gulf Coast of Florida. In about 1000 A.D. the Tocobaga Indians were thriving in central Pinellas County. In the 1500’s, the first Spanish exploration of the area occurred. In 1528 a Read More +
** BACK IN THE NEWS ** The accused killer of Markeis McGlockton, Michael Drejka, went back to criminal Court in Pinellas County on Thursday to seek a reduction in his $100,000 bail. The request – in a hearing described by the St Petersburg Times as feeling “more like a trial” – was denied. Drejka is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on one count of manslaughter in the July 19th shooting at a Clearwater, FL convenience store. The genesis of the shooting and resultant Read More +
The State of Connecticut ended the 2017 fiscal year on a note of financial doom. As of the end of December, 2017, the state had the most underfunded pension system in the nation with over $127 billion in government-worker pension liabilities and no viable plan to institute needed reforms. Public-Worker Pensions – The BIG Problem: Pension woes are not the state’s only problem that threatens the economy, but they are the worst. The problem is huge, made up of the following critical components: pensions for Read More +
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 +
What are some alternatives to filing bankruptcy, asks John W of Clearwater, Florida. The bankruptcy attorneys and counselors at Weller Legal Group are experienced and knowledgeable in not only bankruptcy law and its procedures, but additionally in the numerous alternatives to bankruptcy. Our law offices offer many alternatives to bankruptcy. Credit card debt and other unsecured debt obligations are common to the clients who approach our offices. One alternative to bankruptcy is debt settlement. There are many debt settlement companies that the reader probably has Read More +
Florida Statute Section 440.22 provides that Workers Compensation benefits are generally Exempt or protected from garnishment, attachment or levy, by Creditors, in the State of Florida.
Federal Statute, 11 USC Section 522 and Florida State Statute, Section 222.21 provide that all ERISA qualified retirement plans and pensions, are Exempt or protected from attachment, seizure or garnishment, by Creditors in the State of Florida.