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6 Things You May Not Know You Can Do in Bankruptcy

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Most people know that you can discharge credit card and medical debt in bankruptcy.  But, there are other things you may be able to do in your bankruptcy.  Let’s look at 6 of those things. Modify student loans. The United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida is the first Bankruptcy Court… Read More »

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NEW: We can Modify your Student Loan

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Goodblatt · Leo is proud to announce that it is now offering to modify student loans through the new Student Loan Modification program (“SLM”). What’s the new Student Loan Modification program? The United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida is the first Bankruptcy Court in the U.S. to offer this program. … Read More »

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Can the State Harass Me Over Child Support After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay goes into effect. This is a stop on all debt collection attempts from your creditors. It is meant to give you some “breathing room” as you work through the bankruptcy process. There are two notable exceptions to this stop: collection attempts for child support and collection… Read More »

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Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony if I File for Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

If you have an alimony order, you are familiar with the financial pressure it can put on you each month, especially when you are also dealing with personal debt. Though it can be tempting to just ignore your alimony order or pay less than you are required to pay, do not give into this… Read More »

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How will Bankruptcy Affect my Credit Report?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Here is the short answer: your bankruptcy case will remain on your credit report for several years and it will reduce your credit score initially, but it will improve. There is no way around these facts; they are simply part of the bankruptcy process and something you agree to when you file for bankruptcy…. Read More »

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How Does a Divorce Settlement Affect a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

There are many ways your divorce settlement can affect your Chapter 13 bankruptcy and vice versa.  Completing Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a lengthy process, typically taking three to five years to complete. During this time, many aspects of your life may change, including a possibility of divorce. If you are working through Chapter 13… Read More »

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The Trap of Debt Consolidation

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

For any consumers in the Orlando area who are struggling with debt, it can be difficult to know where to turn. You may be seeing commercials and advertisements for debt consolidation, which often come with promises to help you get your finances back on track while avoiding bankruptcy. While consolidating debt may be able… Read More »

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Bankruptcy Experts Push for End to Debt Limits in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Debt can quickly spiral out of control due to unforeseen or unpreventable events that require spending large amounts of money and/or suffering a substantial loss of income. When debt becomes this overwhelming, many people turn to bankruptcy for relief. Living with the burden of unmanageable debt is an oppressive situation that rarely gives the… Read More »

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Dispelling Myths about Filing for Bankruptcy

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Filing for bankruptcy is a big step toward regaining control of one’s finances, but for many people contemplating this decision, negative myths can delay taking action. Life is full of unanticipated and uncontrollable events that can derail a person’s financial security – major illness, serious accidents and long-term unemployment – to name just a… Read More »

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How will I Know when Bankruptcy is the Right Choice for Me?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

It is not easy to accept that you are facing such a large amount of debt that bankruptcy is your only option. But if you have exhausted all other options and you cannot realistically repay the debt on your own, this is a truth you need to accept. Speaking with an accredited financial counselor… Read More »

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