Malcolm Ruthven

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

A creditor sued me and got a court judgment. Is it too late to file bankruptcy?

A creditor sued me and got a court judgment against me. Is it too late to file bankruptcy to get rid of that debt?…more
| Bankruptcy

I'm owed $150,000 of back child support. Can I file bankruptcy?

I'm owed $150,000 of child support that I can't collect, and I need to file bankruptcy. Can I file bankruptcy in spite of that large amount owed to me?…more
| Bankruptcy, Family Law

Can I give money to my son before filing bankruptcy?

I want to give my son $20,000 for a wedding present, probably by borrowing from my 401K account. But I also need to file bankruptcy. Would that be a problem?…more
| Bankruptcy

Should you pay your creditors if you're going to file bankruptcy?

If the best way out of your struggling financial situation is to file bankruptcy, should you continue to pay your creditors? The answer is important, but not black-and-while. Let's take a look at this…more
| Bankruptcy

People Fare Better After Filing Bankruptcy

Steve Rhode, the "Get Out of Debt Guy", wrote an article showing how avoiding bankruptcy can backfire, that people who filed bankruptcy often fared better than those who didn't. Let's see what he had to say…more
| Bankruptcy
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