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On February 19, 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, P.L. 116-54 (SBRA) will go into effect – long before the normal three-year rules amendment process runs its course. As a temporary measure, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has drafted interim bankruptcy rules and amendments to the official bankruptcy forms to address the...
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On this day in history, President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act of 1789 establishing a federal court system separate from state courts. The 230-year-old act set forth a three-tier federal court structure of one Supreme Court and two levels of inferior courts. John Jay, the nation’s first chief justice, viewed the creation of the federal...
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September 19th is National Women Road Warrior Day which was created to celebrate and honor the nation’s traveling businesswomen. I practice Connecticut-Statewide and travel almost daily for court appearances and client meetings, as well as business networking and continuing education. Just yesterday I was up in Hartford for a Bankruptcy Hearing and tomorrow I will...
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Labor Day 2019 On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday. Labor Day: What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a...
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No.  Not that F Word. The word I am talking about is Forgiveness. In particular, Debt Forgiveness. This can be achieved through Bankruptcy or Bankruptcy Alternatives. I talk a lot about Bankruptcy, but it’s not for everyone. So, what are the alternatives? Here are the top three: Repayment with Workouts (aka Debt Negotiation) Debt Management with Strict...
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Guest Post: Budget Is Not A Four Letter Word by Jeremy Edmonds of Strength In Numbers Ewww.  That word just stirs up images of restriction, control, and a lack of any fun at all.  Contrary to popular belief budget is not a four letter word.  That four letter word I mean? DIET.  Now diet itself...
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The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act applies in bankruptcy cases. It provides protection to members of the military against the entry of default judgments and gives the court the ability to stay proceedings against military debtors. Background The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) is found at 50 U.S.C. app. §§ 501 et seq. The purpose of...
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A proof of claim is a written notice that the creditor – individual or business that the debtor owes – is asserting his/her or its right to obtain a pay out from the bankruptcy estate. This written statement is used as a formal way of notifying the court, the debtor and other affected parties that...
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With vacation season in full swing, it’s easier than ever to lose track of a wallet in a winding airport security line, or on a crowded, sunbaked beach. Rather than spiraling into a panic about your wallet taking a vacation of its own, here are some steps to take right away. Report the loss immediately....
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Upon filing for Bankruptcy an “Automatic Stay” goes into effect immediately and stops creditors from all collection activity. That means, the moment a Bankruptcy is filed, it automatically stops: All Harassment Utility Shut-Offs Foreclosures Evictions Repossessions Wage Garnishments Tax Levies Bankruptcy will give you the time to breathe and regroup.  If you are facing these, or any...
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