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Cleaning up the massive mess the ex left

So, the ex just went to prison for 2 years, non-parole period of 1 for a despicable crime, that like everything else, he lied about - and I wouldn't be bothered except he's left a mess behind for his kids, my kids, nice young adults on limited incomes. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 19, 2014 - 48 answers

How to catch a thief?

Company A owes a lot of money to several freelancers, the IRS and such, so it's undergoing bankruptcy. Somehow the owner managed to create a second business, Company B, with the exact same name as Company A, the same clients, and the same people working there (but with a different address and fiscal number). So, it's like Company B is the same business as Company A, only they don't have any debts... [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on May 7, 2014 - 20 answers

What bills do I pay first?

I have $13 to my name and a long list of financial obligations. Can you help me prioritize them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Bankruptcy Attorneys in Charlotte/Mecklenberg, NC

We are currently saddled with an out-of-state mortgage that we cannot afford to pay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Being a good friend during family business bankruptcy?

One of the better people I know is in the early part of bankruptcy filing after her husband discovered his business partner (and lifelong best friend) had amassed volumes of hidden debt to provide his family with all of the nicer things in life. How can I help as a friend? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 on Feb 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Applying for a credit card with bank I stiffed 20 years ago.

So when I was in college I ran up a $700 credit card debt with Citibank visa. Then I didn't pay it. And for over a decade my credit was crap. But eventually I turned it around and have good credit again. So here's my question: I need to get a credit card for one of the biggest hotel chains as I stay there for business a bit. I'd like the benefits and points maximizing. Problem: the best card is run through citibank. Since my teenage folly I've changed my name but I still have the same SS#. Will applying today reactivate the debt with them?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Trustee's for Bankruptcy

I understand that the trustees who are selected to handle large bankruptcies/recoveries are appointed by the court (Similar to Irving Picard, Trustee for Madoff recovery and James Giddens, Trustee for MF Global recovery). Is there a directory of potential attorneys/firms that they are selected from?
posted by pmaxwell on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

holding the deed to my parents house--what should i be thinking about?

My parents are moving to florida (previously--they ended up in Lehigh Valley). They are also in the midst of filing for bankruptcy, and have asked that I therefore hold the deed to the new house. Help me wrap my head around this. [more inside]
posted by msjoannabanana on Dec 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Yes, they both need lawyers, but

This is for a friend: Bankruptcy first or Divorce first? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Nov 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Bankruptcy counsel recommendation in NYC

I am filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York City. Can anyone recommend a low-cost bankruptcy lawyer or other legal resource, since money is (obviously) limited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Bankruptcy attorney near Lynchburg, VA?

My mother is in between work right now, with very sporradic temp gigs that don't pay enough. I think she needs to talk with a bankruptcy attorney, but she's ashamed and intimidated. I'd like to help her by giving her actual referrals. Difficulty: I'm long-distance from her. She is located in Lynchburg, VA. General advice would also be welcome--for example, how long might she be able to drag out the foreclosure and still live in her home? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

How do you describe someone who is actively going through Chapter 13?

I need to technically describe someone that has filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The person's plan has been accepted, but the case has not been closed. How do I describe this? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Sep 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Is it always a bad idea to file bankruptcy at an early age?

I'm 23 and thinking of filing bankruptcy. I have $16,000 + in debt - is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jul 29, 2013 - 31 answers

What to expect when you're expecting...bankruptcy

Hi Folks, Due to a recent MAJOR reduction in household income, Mr. Anonymous and I are filing bankruptcy, something neither of us have done before. We're over the hand wringing and rending of clothing; we believe this is the best step for us and will make for a fresh start. We have spoken with an attorney and will file chapter 13 (reorganization) in a few months. What should we do or expect that we haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Debt, debt, go away! I'd like to have a life someday!

Right now I'm poor, I'm in debt, and I don't know the best way to proceed. Please help me make a plan to tackle my debts. [more inside]
posted by Zen unicorn rainbow zen journal on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

How can my family bar my bipolar father from access to credit?

My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Can loan security be conditional on bankruptcy or death?

Is it possible to write a loan contract which effectively secures the debt against the borrower's property only in the event of bankruptcy or death of the borrower? I.e., as long as the borrower is in control of his financial affairs the lender has no right to the secured assets even if the borrower defaults, but if the borrower dies or goes bankrupt the security kicks in, so that the debt has priority for any third-party trustees managing the estate? [more inside]
posted by Estragon on May 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Bankruptcy, Paypal, and BillMeLater

I am filing bankruptcy soon (95% of my debt is medical debt). BillMeLater (owned by Paypal) is one of my creditors. Can or will Paypal try to take money out of my bank account to cover the debt? Will they close my Paypal account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Will my credit score improve 2 years after my chapter 7 bankruptcy?

My wife and I declared bankruptcy 22 months ago. It was the only way, and we have no regrets whatsoever. We managed to keep our house and what little equity we had. We are looking to move to a different house, and are curious about our mortgage options. My credit score today was 681, which is just on the edge of where (so I read) you can get a conventional mortgage. In two months, when we get past the two year mark on our bankruptcy, will the score go up appreciably, or is it a gradual thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2013 - 4 answers

I bought a business a few years ago, and now it's making me completely miserable.

I own an Apple reseller somewhere in the United States. I bought this company from the former owner a few years back, despite having no education in business whatsoever (other than what I've learned on the job.) When I first took over as owner, it was kind of fun, challenging, a lot of work, and just slightly profitable (though with a debt from the loan I took out to buy the business). It was like this for about a year. Since then, not so much. Most days, I feel trapped and hopeless. So now I seek ideas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Can a bank refuse to cancel a bank draft?

My former bank refuses to give me a refund on an un-cashed bank draft. [more inside]
posted by fiTs on Feb 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me fix my debt fiasco

Please help me get my financial situation in order during a separation from my husband. Looking for advice and suggestions from your own experience, or factual knowledge of "legal separation" in Washington state. Also looking for personal experiences relating to credit counseling, credit attorneys, etc. [more inside]
posted by virginia_clemm on Dec 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Post BK car purchase?

I have poor credit and need to get a car. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Elements of Fraud of Creditor

What are the elements of a "fraud of creditor" defense in Chpt 13 bankruptcy case? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Nov 20, 2012 - 24 answers

How to get my finances in order this late in the game?

Starting from scratch at 45 years old, what's the best strategy for saving money & planning for old age? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for online bankruptcy debtor education recommendations.

Can you recommend a specific online bankruptcy debtor education provider? There are a billion and the ones I've looked at don't fill me with calm reassurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

how did he do it?

Has this guy found a way to not pay medical bills, if so, what is it? (in the USA) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Do I tell the debt collection firm I have nothing?

Question about debt collections. Do I tell them I have no assets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Need Help Facing Daunting Subject of Bankruptcy

I am seriously considering declaring bankrupcy. I have a few main questions: 1) Do I need to know each company I owe money to? My parents opened all kind of credit cards in my name years ago, and I don't know about the specifics, and would like to avoid speaking to them as they are not exactly trustworhty. 2) How do I actually start the process? Who specifically do I see to manage declaring bankruptcy, considering I have zero cash? 3) If I have a credit card in my name, for which my partner is the main holder, will I have to cancel my part of that card, which I hold only for emergencies? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse on Jul 22, 2012 - 26 answers

What happens with a bankruptcy?

I am thinking I might need to file bankruptcy, but have very basic questions. Help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Bankrupt

I think I need to file bankruptcy. Guilt and shame. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 17 answers

How should I resolve my debt?

Debt Management Plan or Bankruptcy? or Option C? YANAL and YANML [IL filter] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Who should I be talking to about my debt?

I have about $10-20k of unsecured debt that is over 5 years old. The money has been discharged to collections and I have had judgements against me. [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Jun 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Presumably this is the point of an escrow account.

GMAC Mortgage is filing Chapter 11. Is there any reason to hire a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Jun 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Rebuilding my credit after bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy will be discharged in 60 days. What should I do to start rebuilding my credit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Bought a new car -- can't keep it; can't return it

I've been denied for a car loan retroactively. What are my options? There are complications. [more inside]
posted by robotyoshimi on Apr 27, 2012 - 21 answers

I have student loans ... in someone else's name.

I have student loans in my ex's name. Can I buy them back into my name, and how? [more inside]
posted by fracas on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

My In-laws are sinking and pulling my family under.

My in-laws are broke, bankrupt, and have massive car payments. How can we help dig them out of this smoking crater without falling in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Car loans for the recently bankrupt

I declared bankruptcy about 6 months ago. I have two small children. I need a new (to me) car. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Where to turn for advice when a co-signer defaults on his house loan?

Where to send my wonderful neighbor who really, really needs help? My neighbor is one of the kindest, most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to know. He just came to ask me for advice about a financial problem that he is now facing. He co-signed for a mortgage loan for his son-in-law a few years ago, and just found out that his son-in-law lost his house. A collection agency just called my neighbor at work and is demanding payment of $90K. Where can I send him for help? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Dec 8, 2011 - 27 answers

Do I reveal my bankruptcy on loan app?

Do I have to reveal a bankruptcy that has fallen off my credit report when applying for a car loan. My credit union is asking me directly if I have EVER declared bankruptcy on its loan application. I have waited till it dropped off to apply for a loan but the way it is worded has me worried. I have not filled out the app yet and was thinking it might be better to go in person and talk with someone. My credit score is 736 which I think is pretty good, but I am still worried about this question. Any experience with this anyone?
posted by cairnoflore on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

My brother needs his knee fixed but can't pay for it.

My brother was scheduled to have knee surgery, but has just lost insurance coverage. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Trademark Valuation

How does a small family business estimate the value of its trademarks? [more inside]
posted by Joanie Loves Yahtzee on Sep 6, 2011 - 2 answers

At least I'm not on the OTHER end of this affair

So I just learned I'm a creditor in a bankruptcy case. NOW what? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Aug 18, 2011 - 12 answers

I just want my suit back

My dry cleaner appears to have gone out of business with my clothes in their possession. What can I do to get my stuff back? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Aug 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Starting Over......

Have you claimed bankruptcy in the last few years? Help! Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jul 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Bankruptcy Auto Loan

Anyone have success being approved for a car loan 7 months after a bankruptcy? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Bankruptcy self-filing

Filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy in Washington State. Need advice and resources on self-filing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Can a pregnant person get health insurance if her employer goes bankrupt?

What do we do for health insurance if my employer goes bankrupt? I'm pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Seriously, they told me my check was in the mail.... and I believed them. How do I protect myself during an employer's bankruptcy?

My employer filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with little warning. What can I and my fellow employees (both currently employed and those recently laid off) do to protect ourselves? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Jan 16, 2011 - 9 answers

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