Why You Need a Bankruptcy Lawyer

Over the last several years as a Florida Bankruptcy Attorney, I have seen folks struggle against overwhelming odds to keep the bills paid, food on the table for their children, clothes on their back and

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Lesser-known Student Loan Solution

A recent article in the national association of chapter thirteen trustees newsletter reminds us that, “just because your private student loan uses the term “student loan” doesn’t mean it is one.” It reminds us that,

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Are We There Yet?

Parents are familiar with the question posed above by their children who have lost all patience with the long range journey. The same question comes to mind for those people who have been hoping to

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Courage on All Fronts

Each month I teach a class on bankruptcy at Cummings Library in Palm City as part of the Southern District of Florida’s Federal Bankruptcy Court’s “Pro Se” Program. Over the course of the year, many

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Revocable Trust or Irrevocable Trust?

We’re going to take a break from bankruptcy today to talk about living trusts. These trusts help to distribute your assets after death. There are two major types of living trusts you can form: revocable

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Mortgages, Student Loans & Bankruptcy Mortgages

Two of our local judges recently posted an article regarding their travels through the Real Estate Collapse and resulting Foreclosure Crisis. Their analysis reassembles four chapters in a yet unfinished volume. Some of this insight follows: In the

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Don’ts in Preparing to File Bankruptcy (Part 1)

1.    Don’t leave out bank, checking, savings, brokerage, credit union accounts.2.    Don’t use your credit cards.3.    Don’t take credit cards cash advances.4.    Don’t use convenience checks.5.    Don’t make balance transfers.6.    Don’t pay debts to

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