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CFPB Issues Guidance On Ensuring Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

On July 8, the CFPB released guidance designed to ensure equal treatment for legally married same-sex couples in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013). ...more

CFPB Clarifies Heirs, Divorcees and Estate Planning Transferees Are Not Subject to Ability-to-Repay Rules

The CFPB issued an interpretive rule to clarify that when a borrower dies, the name of the borrower’s heir generally may be added to the mortgage without triggering the Bureau’s Ability-to-Repay rule. This clarification will...more

"Insights" Newsletter - Spring 2014

In this issue: - Supply Chain Finance as the "New Normal" - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements Regulations for Covered Mortgage Loans - Arbitration Guidelines - Navigating Foreclosure...more

CFPB takes steps to protect foster care youth from credit reporting problems

To address concerns about the vulnerability of foster care children to credit reporting problems, the CFPB has published three action letter templates for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find...more

FHA Fresh Start Program Now Available 1 Year After Bankruptcy

New FHA Fresh Start Program provides mortgage financing in as little as 12-Months after a bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure. Restrictions apply. Please contact a qualified mortgage broker for details. Stop struggling...more

Asset Searches and the Collection of Debt

It has become increasingly important for both businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Debtors are often delinquent in paying for goods, services or other financial obligations. When a debtor...more

Debtor v. Bank of America, N.A.; 2:11-ap-01983-VZ

Court Transcript on Summary Judgment Hearing

Debtor's counsel successfully defeated this summary judgment motion brought forth by Bank of America, N.A. and a successive motion in this case. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 23, 2013. The findings of fact...more

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending March 15, 2013

Legal links of interest for the week ending March 15, 2013 Friday, March 15, 2013 by Steven J. Getman, Esq. Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past...more

Transgender and Legally Married in Minnesota?

A look at being transgender and married in Minnesota. Originally written and posted on www.mankatolawblog.com by a Minnesota Family Law Attorney, Jason Kohlmeyer of Rosengren Kohlmeyer, Law Office, Chtd. Mankato,...more

New Chapter 7 Means Testing Figures Effective November 1, 2012

New means test figures make it more difficult to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy....more

Gaining Access to Funds for Living Expenses and Attorney’s Fees Might get Easier

Access to funds – for living expenses and attorney’s fees – is often a challenge for a stay-at-home spouse or domestic partner during a dissolution. The working spouse or partner continues to have income and the ability to...more

CFPB Proposes Making it Easier for Stay-at-Home Spouses and Partners to Get Credit Cards

On October 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) proposed updates to existing regulations to make it easier for spouses or partners who do not work outside of the home to qualify for credit cards. The...more

Schaffer v. ECMC

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

We recently obtained a judgment discharging more than $57,000.00 in student loans on behalf of our clients through a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Adversary Proceeding. The conclusions of law are timely for future cases. A medical...more

Dividing Credit Cards During A Divorce

A quick look at how to divide credit cards during a divorce. Originally written and posted on www.mankatolawblog.com by a Minnesota Family Law Attorney, Jason Kohlmeyer of Rosengren Kohlmeyer, Law Office, Chtd. Mankato,...more

Financially Adrift and Lost on Long Island

A recent HBO documentary details the impact of the "Great Recession" on Long Island residents....more

Underemployed In Minnesota (For Child Support Purposes)

What if you're not working and have to pay child support? Here is your answer. Originally written and posted on www.mankatolawblog.com by a Minnesota Family Law Attorney, Jason Kohlmeyer of Rosengren Kohlmeyer, Law Office,...more

Court Allows Paternity Fraud Lawsuit to Proceed

Fraud and paternity actions? Not in Minnesota, but close (Iowa). Originally written and posted on www.mankatolawblog.com by a Minnesota Family Law Attorney, Jason Kohlmeyer of Rosengren Kohlmeyer, Law Office, Chtd. ...more

What If You Can't Afford A Divorce Lawyer In Minnesota

What to do if You can't afford a divorce lawyer in Minnesota. www.MankatoLawBlog.com...more

CFPB: Next Up, Reverse Mortgages!

In a June 28, 2012 Report to Congress, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or the Bureau) published its study of reverse mortgage transactions. This study was required by Section 1076 of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

Who Gets the Pet in a Divorce?

Published on the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) website as an installment in Michael Kaiser's Animal-Law blog. http://cleblog.nbi-sems.com/2012/02/who-gets-the-pet-in-a-divorce/...more

Best Time to File Bankruptcy: Before or After Divorce?

Bankruptcy and divorce often coincide. The common question arises: When is the best time to file bankruptcy, before or after the divorce? Filing bankruptcy before divorce is almost always the recommended path. ...more

"F" is for Fresh Start through Bankruptcy

In the bankruptcy world (yes, there is such a place!) the term “fresh start“ is mentioned so often that it can become cliche. However, when you can get past the initial feelings you may have about bankruptcy, the end result...more

Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, LVNV Funding. The Debt Buyers and Why You Should Fight

Most people that will read this article have had the unpleasant experience of receiving a knock at the door only to get served with a lawsuit. After the shock subsides as to what just happened, you look at the paperwork and...more

E is for Equity

Equity. It is usually your friend. If you are in bankruptcy, it can be an issue. Simply put, equity is what you actually “own” in your property. For instance, if you have a car that is worth $10,000 and you still owe $6,000...more

How Has the Great Recession Impacted Your Choices?

Because I work as a bankruptcy attorney I have the opportunity to meet a lot of people here in Arizona who have taken a beating during this recession. And while the recession technically ended a while back, many, if not most...more

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