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"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

D is for Debt Free

Debt free. Can you even imagine it? I would dare say that when most people come in to inquire about filing for bankruptcy they aren’t really thinking about the end result of being debt free, but are more focused on stopping...more

C is for Creditor

C is for Creditor By John Skiba, Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyer www.skibalaw.com This one is pretty basic but you may be surprised as to how many people aren’t quite sure what the difference between a creditor and a debtor is....more

How to Beat the System, or, How to Side Step the Bankruptcy Means Test

If you have looked into filing for bankruptcy you have likely come across something known as the Means Test. Back in 2005 Congress amended the laws related to bankruptcy and put in place new laws that they thought would force...more

How to File Bankruptcy in About an Hour

Lately I have had quite a few people come in lately who need to file for bankruptcy and need to file it RIGHT NOW! The typical things that usually require a person to file bankruptcy quickly are garnishments, foreclosures,...more

Can I File My Own Bankruptcy in Phoenix? Just Say No.

Recently the court released information on the number of people who represent themselves in bankruptcy. Arizona ranked third overall in number of "pro se" bankruptcy filers. In fact, in Arizona, a full 20% of bankruptcy...more

Bankruptcy Process in Arizona Part 2: What to Expect After Your Case is Filed

This is the second installment in a three part series of the bankruptcy process in Arizona. In the first article I discussed what to expect prior to your bankruptcy case being filed. In this article I will go over what you...more

Bankruptcy Process in Arizona Part 2: What to Expect After Your Case is Filed

This is the second installment in a three part series of the bankruptcy process in Arizona. In the first article I discussed what to expect prior to your bankruptcy case being filed. In this article I will go over what you...more

Here's a Scary Thought - A World With No Bankruptcy

Happy Halloween! For many bankruptcy is a necessary evil. For creditors, bankruptcy is the devil No one really likes bankruptcy (except maybe bankruptcy lawyers), but imagine a world without it. Without bankruptcy as an...more

Bankruptcy Process in Arizona Part 1: What to Expect Before Filing Your Case

The scary part of bankruptcy is not knowing what to expect. There are a lot of bankruptcy myths out there that cause many people to not seek out bankruptcy help, even though it can really help them out of a tough spot. Having...more

Don't Pay Your Family Members Before Filing Bankruptcy: How to Avoid a Preference

Once the decision to file bankruptcy is made you will no doubt start to put together a game plan, compiling lists on debts, assets, and the like. Then it hits you, you owe your parents, brother, grandparents (insert any...more

Bankruptcy, Dave Ramsey, and the Credit Counseling Requirement

When the bankruptcy code was amended back in 2005 one of the new requirements was that those wishing to file for bankruptcy would need to take a pre-bankruptcy credit counseling course as well as a post-filing financial...more

Change is on the Horizon: Feds Raise Bankruptcy Fees & Make it more Difficult to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Filing bankruptcy just got slightly more expensive and for some in Arizona it will be more difficult to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. On November 1st of this year the filing fees for filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter...more

$20,000 in 34 Years! Credit Card Debt, Monthly Minimums, and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

During my bankruptcy consultations I meet with several families every week that are struggling through financial problems. In almost every situation the main problem is large amounts of credit card debt. As this recession...more

"All Debtors are Compulsive Liars": The Training of a Debt Collector

Recently in Readers Digest online they posted an article on 13 Things a Debt Collector Won't Tell You. The article discusses various techniques and approaches that debt collectors use to try and get money from you. Number one...more

7 Reasons You Should Not File for Bankruptcy

I meet with a lot of people who believe that bankruptcy is going to be their best option. And truthfully, for most of the people I meet with bankruptcy is not only the best option but something they should have done a long...more

Home Foreclosed But the Debt Remains: Bankruptcy & Foreclosure

The other day in the Wall Street Journal there was an article about home owners who have lost their homes through foreclosure only to then be sued by the bank for the balance owed. During my bankruptcy consultations I often...more

Take Back Your Life: Freedom through Bankruptcy

How many times in the last year have you received a notice that your power may be cut off because your are behind on the monthly bill? Or wondered how you were going to get to work or the kids to school because you didn't...more

Is Filing Bankruptcy Worth the Money?

It really goes without saying that if you are thinking of filing for bankruptcy money in your household is tight. You may be struggling to come up with gas money to get to work or buy groceries let alone coming up with a big...more

Bankruptcy & Foreclosure: Dealing with Your Home Through Bankruptcy

In Sunday's newspaper they reported that nationwide there is expected to be an increase in the number of foreclosures. This not only impacts those families who are losing their homes but results in a continued downward trend...more

Bankruptcy is No Time for Secrets: Information that Must be Disclosed

When I meet with people in bankruptcy consultations one of the big questions on everyone's mind is what assets will they lose while going through the bankruptcy process? This fear of losing assets leads some to think about...more

Avoid the Attorney's Fees Pit with Self-Help Legal Services

If you have ever been involved in a lawsuit before and hired an attorney you are fully aware of how quickly attorney's fees can add up. Litigation is not a cheap way to solve problems. I was talking to an attorney friend of...more

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