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Why Reaffirming Mortgages Is a Very Bad Idea

Guest Post by Michael Goldstein, attorney in Massachusetts.

You are in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to eliminate your overwhelming debt, not to put yourself back on the hook for it.

Click here to read more about why reaffirming mortgages is a very bad idea in a guest post by Massachusetts Attorney Michael Goldstein on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

 

 

If I Own my Home Free and Clear, Will I Lose it in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

If you own your home free & clear of any mortgage lien, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be a risky process for you, and a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may be a safer form of debt relief for you.

Click here to read more about protecting your home from liquidation in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeastern Michigan resident interested in filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to call me at (866) 674-2317 or email me at john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

Can I Pay Back-Rent in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan?

Back rents can be repaid in full in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in order to stop an eviction and preserve your right to remain in rental housing.

Click here to read more about back rent in Chapter 13 bankruptcy on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan bankruptcy attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please feel free to contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.

The Mortgage Meltdown: What Really Happened?

As a bankruptcy attorney routinely filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies in an economically hard-pressed state, Michigan, I am daily confronted with the real-world consequences of what the news media talking-heads have come to refer to as “The Mortgage Meltdown” or “The Housing Bubble Burst.”

Everyone is familiar with the long and short of this economic crisis—namely, that property values were quite high for some period of time, during which many folks purchased homes at high prices thinking that they were investing in their future, and then, suddenly, those homes were not worth nearly as much, leaving homeowners with negative equity, massively high monthly mortgage payments relative to the value of their homes, and no real way to sell or move away from the home in the case of job-loss in their geographic areas.

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How Can I Save My Home with a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

While Bankruptcy is one of the most cost-effective and efficient legal means of walking away from an underwater or foreclosed home available, it is also, under the right circumstances, a better means of saving a home in danger of foreclosure than other non-bankruptcy strategies, such as mortgage modification.

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What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a “reorganization” bankruptcy rather than a complete liquidation of debt as in a Chapter 7. A Chapter 13 is, basically, a payment plan enforced by the Federal Bankruptcy Court upon all of your creditors, whether the debt is a “dischargeable” debt like a credit card or “non-dischargeable” debt like a child support arrearage or recent income taxes owed. Contrary to popular belief, you are not required to pay back 100% of what you owe to your creditors in a Chapter 13.

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Is There Really a Stigma to Filing Bankruptcy?

It is largely a myth that your reputation will suffer because of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing.

However, that does not mean that potential bankruptcy filers do not have good cause for concern.

Read more here about the stigma associated with a bankruptcy filing on the new Michigan Bankruptcy Blog of Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC.

If you are a southeast Michigan resident and are considering filing for bankruptcy, please contact me at (866) 674-2317 or john@hillalaw.com to schedule a free, initial consultation.