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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

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

Financially Adrift and Lost on Long Island

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

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

Life After Bankruptcy – How Long Until I Will Be Able to Buy a House Again?

Much of the time I spend with clients is helping them understand the bankruptcy process. However, I do try and help clients understand the consequences of bankruptcy and in doing so one of the first questions I get is how...more

Bankruptcy & Credit Cards – How Long Until My Wages Are Garnished?

A big fear for many prior to bankruptcy is the thought of having wages garnished. This is a well-founded worry as in Arizona up to 25% of each paycheck can be garnished and paid to your creditors. However, what most people...more

Bankruptcy & Foreclosure – Foreclosure Mess Not Over Yet

I came across an article MSNBC’s website about the foreclosure mess that we are all currently living through that estimated there have been 5 million homes foreclosed on this the Great Recession started. Considering that the...more

Don’t Give It Away – Beware of Transferring Assets Prior to Filing Bankruptcy

Despite the George Strait song, you can’t just “give it away” when it comes to bankruptcy. A common question I get in bankruptcy consultations is whether you can simply “give” away your assets to a family member or take your...more

Bankruptcy Process - Credit Unions & Cross Collateralization Agreements in Bankruptcy

Credit Unions – Good Cop/Bad Cop When times are good your credit union can seem like they are your best friend. However, if times get bad, the credit union may be your most unforgiving creditor. Credit unions have...more

FinCEN: Elder Abuse - Red Flags

On February 22, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to assist the financial industry in reporting instances of financial exploitation of the elderly, a form of elder abuse. Financial...more

Money is a Matter of the Heart

Take a journey from your head to your heart and bring your wallet with you. This white paper is a personal journey and can be shared with clients and consumers. Enjoy....more

Bankruptcy & The Means Test: Median Income in Arizona Declines for Second Straight Year

As the recession continues states like Arizona are continuing to see a decline in average incomes for its residents. For the second straight year the median income for Arizona residents has declined. In this article I...more

New Regulations on Debt Collectors: Arizona Bankruptcy Attorney

Today in the Wall Street Journal there is an article on new regulations that are being imposed on debt collectors in New Mexico. The new law requires that debt collectors notify the consumer if the statute of limitations has...more

SEC Proposes Rule to Exclude Family Offices from Regulation as Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed Rule 202(a)(11)(G)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (Advisers Act), to define “family offices” that would be excluded from the definition of...more

Taking Back Oz Through Bankruptcy Liquidation

Breaking the illusion of the current economic crisis by taking a symbolic look at the classic film, Wizard of Oz. I propose a sequel. ...more

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