Malcolm Ruthven

Will I lose my retirement accounts if I file bankruptcy?

I'm often asked if someone will lose their retirement accounts if they file bankruptcy. The short answer is almost certainly not. Let's take a look at why that's so…more
| Bankruptcy, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

When can I buy a home after bankruptcy?

I'm often asked "When can I buy a home after bankruptcy?" Let's take a look at that…more
| Bankruptcy, Real Estate - Residential

Divorce, property settlements, and bankruptcy (#2)

If a spouse of a married couple files bankruptcy, a later property settlement might have unintended results. Let's see why…more
| Bankruptcy, Family Law

I don’t want to file bankruptcy on my car!

I hear that often, and my response is always "You must list all of your assets and all of your debts". But then I proceed to explain that it's very likely that they can keep their car. Let's see how and why…more
| Bankruptcy

When Bankruptcy Is the Best Option (nerdwallet)

Nerdwallet published the best article about bankruptcy that I've ever seen. Take a look and see if it applies to you…more
| Bankruptcy

Beware your credit union when filing bankruptcy (#2)!

Do you think your credit union is your friend? You may get a big surprise if you have multiple loans with them and file bankruptcy…more
| Bankruptcy

Do I need a lawyer to file bankruptcy?

Can't I just file bankruptcy without a lawyer and save all that money? The short answer is that you can but probably shouldn't. Why is that? This short answer is that filing a bankruptcy could cost you lots more money than…more
| Bankruptcy

Credit card company has a lien on my house! Can bankruptcy help?

A credit card company sued me, got a judgment against me, and put a lien on my house. I can't sell the house without paying the lien amount before I get any money. Can bankruptcy help?…more
| Bankruptcy

Vacation on your credit cards before filing bankruptcy? Why not?

Why not take a nice vacation on your credit cards right before filing bankruptcy? After all, those debts will go away so why not use up that unused credit and have some fun?…more
| Bankruptcy

Want to Eliminate Crushing Debt, Stop Lawsuits, or Stop Foreclosure? Consider Bankruptcy!

Do you need to eliminate crushing debt, stop lawsuits, or stop a foreclosure? Our Congress provided bankruptcy as a financial tool for those purposes. Wouldn't it be wise to see if it could work for you?…more
| Bankruptcy

Should you settle your debts instead of filing bankruptcy?

People often ask me it they should settle their debts instead of filing bankruptcy. What is this "settlement" and is it a good thing?…more
| Bankruptcy

Avoiding Bankruptcy Can Backfire

According to a 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of New York report, people who file bankruptcy fare much better than those who avoid doing that. Lets look at some of the ways this happens…more
| Bankruptcy

Ignore lawsuit papers at your peril. Bankruptcy may be a good way out.

If you ignore papers notifying you that a lawsuit has been filed against you, things could go very wrong. If that happens, filing bankruptcy might fix it for you. If you ignore papers notifying you that a lawsuit has been filed…more
| Bankruptcy

Many of my debts are "charged off". Do I still need to file bankruptcy?

Clients who are preparing to file bankruptcy often tell me that many of there debts are "charged off", thinking that they don't owe them any more, and ask me if they still need to file bankruptcy. Let's take a look at that…more
| Bankruptcy

Owe way more on your car than it's worth? Bankruptcy might fix that.

If you owe way more on your car than it's worth, filing bankruptcy might fix that. Let's see how that might work…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking
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