Malcolm Ruthven

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
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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

How to Choose a Bankruptcy Attorney - Avvo.com

Need to find the best bankruptcy attorney to help you get your Fresh Start? Avvo.com, the lawyer rating site, provides a great way to compare attorneys. Avvo can be confusing, so I've put together this guide to the best use of…more
| Bankruptcy

Ready to file bankruptcy? That's good news, not bad.

Why would filing bankruptcy be good news, not bad?…more
| Bankruptcy

What might bankruptcy do for me? The short version.

Many people contact me to see if bankruptcy would be right for them. I find that many of them don't understand the basics of what bankruptcy might do for them, so here is the short version…more
| Bankruptcy

Are credit card payments killing you? Is bankruptcy a good option?

What does it mean for credit card payments to be killing you? It means ... 1. You have virtually no chance of paying off that debt in any reasonable amount of time. 2. During the time you're making payments, you don't…more
| Bankruptcy

Are you putting off contacting a bankruptcy attorney? That might cost you lots of money.

Are you thinking about bankruptcy but not doing anything about it? Are you putting off consulting with a bankruptcy attorney, hoping that things will get better? If so, you may be costing yourself a lot of money…more
| Bankruptcy
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