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What Victims Need to Know about Dog Bite Cases

Posted on 22-Mar-2017

First, the victim should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to receive credible, reliable advice1 about how to move forward with their case. Trevor A. Bradford of the Rudd Firm has handled numerous dog bi..


Top 6 Ways to Rebuild your Credit Score after Bankruptcy

Posted on 09-Jun-2016

One of the great things about filing a bankruptcy is that it helps you get a financial fresh start. Instead of attempting to pay back debts that sometimes accrue at outrageous rates over a long period of time, you can discharge most debts and mov..


Bankruptcy trustee? 341 Meeting? The heck do ya mean?

Posted on 20-Apr-2016

Bankruptcy trustee? 341 Meeting? The heck do ya mean? Or the 10 bankruptcy words you should know but probably don't. I had a conversation recently with someone I know that works with the California Highway Patrol. He likes to tal..


What is the §341 Meeting of Creditors?

Posted on 02-Mar-2016

What is the §341 Meeting of Creditors? Most people only have to attend one meeting when they file a bankruptcy which is called the Meeting of Creditors. This meeting is outline in 11 U.S.C. §341 (


What are my options for paying my bankruptcy filing fee?

Posted on 03-Feb-2016

What are my options for paying my bankruptcy filing fee? Short answer: (1) pay in full, (2) pay in installments, or (3) apply for a fee waiver. 1. Pay in full This is the easy option for both me and for the client. When you make ..


How do I pay my bankruptcy filing fee to the Court?

Posted on 22-Jan-2016

Short answer: pay by phone or pay in person at the bankruptcy court. When I meet with new bankruptcy clients I always give them a few documents that explain several things. I get asked a lot of repeat questions and most of the answers t..


How do I get a free credit report?

Posted on 31-Dec-2015

How do I get a free credit report? Short answer: go to ( and request a free credit report. One of the most important things you need to do when preparing..


Can I keep the items I bought from RC Willey when I file for bankruptcy?

Posted on 24-Nov-2015

Can I keep the items I bought from RC Willey when I file for bankruptcy? Short answer: yes, if you want keep the item but you have the option to surrender the item. About 4 to 6 weeks after you file any chapter of bankruptcy, ..


How much does it cost to file a chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Posted on 09-Nov-2015

Short answer: typically around $500 to $800 to get things rolling. I am going to split this question into two sections. First, I will discuss how much money you will need upfront to file. Second, I will discuss how much money you will p..


How much does it cost to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Posted on 02-Nov-2015

Short answer: there are two fees you will have to pay—attorney's fees and the Court filing fee. 1. Attorney's fees: depends on the complexity of your case but usually between $900 and $1,800. 2. Court filing fee: $3..


What do I need to bring to the §341 Meeting of Creditors?

Posted on 26-Oct-2015

Short answer: four things 1. Driver's LicenseSocial-Security-Card 2. Social Security Card 3. Bank statement covering the date of filing 4. Last pay stub you received Driver's License..


Dance Moms Star Abby Lee Miller is Indicted for Bankruptcy Fraud

Posted on 22-Oct-2015

When I was dating my wife I thought that we had similar tastes in TV shows and movies. It was only after we were married that I realized that we have very, very different tastes in media. But that's ok, we both humor each other and will watch and..


New Drone Registration Requirement for Drone Hobbyists

Posted on 21-Oct-2015

The FAA recently announced that all drone owners will have to register their drones, regardless of whether they are using the drone for commercial or just personal purposes. Previously, the registration requirement only applied to those flying dr..


How do bankruptcy attorneys get paid?

Posted on 12-Oct-2015

Short answer for chapter 7: bankruptcy attorneys get paid in full by the debtor before the case is filed. Short answer for chapter 13: bankruptcy attorneys get paid through the chapter 13 plan. This is a common question I get an..


FAA slaps drone user with record $1.9 million dollar civil penalty

Posted on 07-Oct-2015

If you are one of the many Americans who has recently purchased an unmanned aircraft system (UAS or "drone"), you need to be aware of the potential consequences of operating a drone without understanding FAA regulations. Just ask SkyPan, a Chicag..


What happens if I do not give my bankruptcy trustee a copy of my next year's tax return?

Posted on 05-Oct-2015

Short answer: revocation of discharge (this is bad). Nearly every bankruptcy trustee asks you to send to him/her a copy of your tax return. If you do not send the trustee a copy of your tax return then the trustee can, and usually will, motio..


Where does my discharged debt go when I file for bankruptcy? Do my creditors get paid for my debts?

Posted on 28-Sep-2015

Answer: your debt is gone; no one pays your creditors. It's a good question and one that I had when I was first introduced to bankruptcy law. This is a question that many of my clients ask me. Often they ask "who pays my creditors after bankr..


Can I keep my tax refund if I file for chapter 7 bankruptcy? Will the trustee take my tax refund if

Posted on 22-Sep-2015

Short answer . . . it depends. (skip to the end for a summary on when to file) I never counsel anyone to represent themselves pro se ( in a bankruptcy. The reason ..


I filed a bankruptcy and received a discharge and one of my creditors sent me a 1099-C. Do I need to

Posted on 28-Jan-2015

Probably not. I am not an accountant or a CPA or a tax attorney. However, my understanding is that you do not need to report your discharged debts as taxable income. Often times a creditor who decides to write off some of the debt you owe..


How do I download my tax return transcripts from the IRS?

Posted on 17-Jan-2014

As a bankruptcy attorney I feel like I am always chasing down documents. There are a number of documents that need to be gathered and filed as part of your bankruptcy whether it is chapter 7 or chapter 13. Most documents that are needed to be fil..


Judge Dismisses DMX Bankruptcy

Posted on 12-Nov-2013

Every so often a bankruptcy story about a celebrity appears in the news. The latest story ( concerns Earl Simmons, a rapper and hip-hop star that goes by the name “D..


Largest settlement ever levied in an immigration case

Posted on 01-Nov-2013

Federal prosecutors reached a $34 million settlement with Infosys in what is the largest settlement ever reached in an immigration case. While your immigration case will almost certainly not be on the scale of the Infosys case, news stories such ..

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