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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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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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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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Whenever someone comes to see me about issues with their mortgage, the first question I ask is always: “Do you want to keep your home?”  And I always expect a very long answer because there are a lot of considerations when making that decision.  Factors include but are not limited to: Can I really afford it?...
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You have come a very long way, and I want to be the first person to CONGRATULATE you on completing all of your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Payments, and successfully receiving a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Discharge!  I understand what an incredible accomplishment this is and admire your determination to clean up your debt and get...
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Congratulations, you have successfully completed your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case and received your Discharge!  But…just what is a Discharge anyway!?!   The most frequently asked question I get from my clients is “WHAT IS A DISCHARGE?” So, in this Chapter 13 Series Blog installment I am going to fully explain what a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy...
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