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May 2015 Archives

Things to consider before defaulting on a student loan

Recent proposals by some in the federal government to make available for anyone who qualifies for admission two years of free college education showcases the importance of higher education in today's highly competitive job market. More people than ever are taking college coursework, many by using student loans to fund the endeavor.

Bankruptcy counseling: what you need to know

Making the decision to file a personal bankruptcy petition can be a big step, but the petition itself is only part of what you need to consider. Regardless if you choose a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 path, before you can take advantage of a Chapter 7 liquidation a Chapter 13 payment plan you need to be aware of two additional requirements under federal bankruptcy law: credit counseling, and debtor education.

Debt relief of student loans in state of confusion

Over the last six months, the Department of Education and the Obama administration have attempted to create a web-based portal for those with student loan debt to help them better manage their loans and make complaints against servicers. But at this point the portal only gives general advice about managing your student loan debt. Due to the inadequacy of the portal, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched its own initiative.

Who Qualifies for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Getting in over your head in debt is becoming more and more common. Small purchases on credit cards suddenly add up, and when added to the car and mortgage payments, it may seem like an impossible hole to crawl out of. But chapter 7 bankruptcy may be the answer, if you qualify.

Supreme Court says debtors cannot appeal bankruptcy denial

On May 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that debtors are not entitled to immediately appeal if a bankruptcy court refuses to confirm their proposed repayment plan. The court's unanimous ruling will impact bankruptcy filings in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

The problem of medical debt in Pennsylvania

One type of obligation that can have serious financial consequences for people is medical debt incurred due to an unexpected medical problem or accident. While people may pay off the debt or settle with the medical provider or collection agency, the debt may remain on their credit report, negatively impacting their rating for years.

Nondischargeable debts after bankruptcy

As Pennsylvania residents may know, Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a way to reorganize debt and set up a repayment plan to pay creditors. Generally, at the end of the repayment, many remaining debts are discharged. However, some debts are not dischargeable. For instance, restitution in criminal cases or fines cannot be discharged. Debts associated with impaired driving and some forms of extended debt are not either.

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