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Exemptions are simply a legal term used to determine if you can protect your property from the bankruptcy process. When you file a bankruptcy, you are required to turnover any NON-EXEMPT property. The good news is that in Texas, most of your property will be exempt. In over 95% of the cases I file, my clients are able to exempt 100% of their property.  Texas is known as an opt-in state, which means you can choose the...

If you are going to have to file bankruptcy, then Texas is the state you want to live in. Texas has the best exemptions in the United States. In addition, Texas allows you to choose between state or federal exemptions. Exemptions are the legal mechanism that allow you to protect your assets. The Texas Homestead exemption is the best in the country. It allows you to protect an almost unlimited amount. It does have an acres limitation...

https://youtu.be/jWYv8wc_Smk The most important choice for you to make is picking the right lawyer. The difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer could be the difference between you completing a bankruptcy and getting a fresh start or your bankruptcy failing and you ending up in a worse situation. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to find a good lawyer. Almost every single bankruptcy lawyer provides a free consultation of some sort. This is...

https://youtu.be/lV615pEa7js Chapter 7  First, let’s start with a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which is also known as the liquidation chapter. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you want to get rid of your debt in the fastest way possible. A chapter 7 allows you to discharge your unsecured debt in as little as 100 days. In addition, if you have secured debt that you don’t want anymore (vehicle, home), you can walk away from it and get rid of...

In order to qualify for a chapter 7 you must pass the means test.  This is a form you fill out that lists your income and expenses and compares them to the median income/expenses for people in your zip code. In order to determine what the maximum income is to get you to qualify for a chapter 7, we have to know some additional information. First, you have to start with the county you reside in.  Second, you...

The IRS is scary. They can do more than any other creditor in terms of collections.  They can put liens on your property, including your homestead.  They can garnish your bank account.  They can sell your stuff.  They can close your business and liquidate it. And if you try to call the IRS, you could be on hold for 1 to 2 hours and if you are lucky enough to speak to a representative, they may tell...

If you are in a chapter 13 bankruptcy, then your tax refund is likely the only chance you have at trying to get ahead.  However, the Chapter 13 Trustee will almost always attempt to take your tax refund while in a chapter 13. If you want to keep your tax refund, there are several things that may help. The Trustee’s default position depends on your jurisdiction.  In Dallas and Fort Worth, the Trustee will allow you to keep...

There is not nearly enough being done to help consumers with their student loan debt.  Congress continues to delay the inevitable, and student loan services have very little sympathy for consumers.  They offer very little in terms of workable programs. Sure, they say things like “income based” repayment plans, but these plans very rarely are affordable.  For instance.  I have clients who have credit card debt and pay monthly payments on this debt.  Well, when determining...

An individual issues a hot check (also known as a “Bad Check,” a “NSF Check,” a “Dishonored Check,” or a “Bounced Check”) when they fraudulently write a check despite having knowledge of the fact that they do not have the funds available to cover the check. For example, an individual who issues a check for $500.00 knowing that their bank account only has $250.00, can be charged with an offense for this action. The issue...

Delinquent on your home mortgage payments? You may be in luck. For borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddy Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (or FHFA) will soon offer a Principal Reduction Modification Program to borrowers that meet certain eligibility requirements. The program was implemented with the goal to “maximize assistance for homeowners” and “minimize foreclosures.” (See Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008). The modification will be available to “owner-occupant...