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Blog Posts in June, 2010

Watch Me Wednesday: Kids and Spending

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance answers the following questions about kids and spending: At what age should I start teaching my children about money? How can I teach my ...
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How Do I Add Eviction to a Tenant Credit Report?

Gather information regarding the tenant who was evicted. You will need the full name, Social Security number and address. Additional information such as a driver's license number is also helpful. The ...
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Fed Limits Card Fees to $25

Most credit card penalties will be limited to $25, and fees for customers who don't use their cards will be eliminated under rules released last week by the Federal Reserve. These rules, which ...
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What is a Bankruptcy Stay?

An automatic stay gives the debtor protection from his creditors, and brings all of the debtor's assets and creditors into the same forum, the bankruptcy court, where the rights of all involved can be ...
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National Home Sales Decrease in May, Dashing Hopes of a Quick Recovery

After strong gains in March and April, sales of previously built homes dropped in May. This is a sign that the federal tax credit introduced last year to energize sales may have sputtered out early. ...
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How is an Inheritance Treated in a Bankruptcy Case?

How the bankruptcy Trustee treats an inheritance in your case depends on when you became entitled to receive it and what type of bankruptcy you are filing. If you've filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, ...
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Not Sure How to Save Money? 3 Ways to Build a Nest Egg

We recently came across this article on CNN.com discussing the best way to save money for big purchases. The article brings up some great points and we wanted to share it with our readers. Click here ...
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What Does a Forgiven Bankruptcy Mean?

A forgiven bankruptcy means that the debtor's debts have been discharged (forgiven). Credit card accounts and medical bills are types of debt that are forgiven in bankruptcy. Unfortunately, not all ...
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3 Easy Steps to Lowering Your Monthly Bills

Everyone has bills they have to pay on a monthly basis. These are things you can't live without, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more for them. We came across this article on CNN.com with great ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Legal Assistance

Debtors are strongly encouraged to find competent legal counsel. Even if you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may be able to qualify for free or discounted legal services.
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Can I Obtain a Credit Report for Someone Who has Passed Away?

If your spouse has passed away or your are the executor of the estate or have the power of attorney for the deceased, then you may obtain a copy of the credit report. Write a letter to the 3 major ...
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Credit Unions: A Better Bet Than Banks?

We recently came across this article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the advantages of credit unions over banks. The article brings up some great points and we wanted to share it with our ...
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How Many College Students Go Bankrupt?

The number of college students who go bankrupt varies from year to year, however, each year, approximately 19% of those who file for bankruptcy are college students. In the United States in 2009, ...
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5 Things to Know About Getting Audited

Now that your 2009 taxes are filed, you may be concerned that you will be audited. CNN.com came up with guide on what to do if the IRS audits you this year. Click here to read the story. Even if you ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: The Discharge

Debtors are usually able to discharge most or all of their debts. Once a debt is discharged, a creditor may not attempt to collect it from the debtor.
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8 Ways to Teach Kids About Money

Credit card spending and overdraft fees may seem like a tough topic to tackle with your children, so Time.com suggests starting with broader ways of teaching your kids about money. Click here to read ...
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How do I Erase Potentially Negative Items from a Credit Report?

First, request a credit report from all three major credit bureaus, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and document anything you find that is incorrect on the reports. Record what the negative item is ...
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Which Bank Deserves Your Money?

Shopping for a new bank? Most people just go for convenience when looking for a bank, but there are so many other questions you should ask yourself when switching banks. We came across an article on ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Court Hearings

In some cases, a debtor may be required to appear at hearings before a bankruptcy judge.
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Are Minors Responsible For Any Debt They Incur?

In general, debts incurred through contract by a minor are voidable. They do not hold in court because most states, including NY, do not hold minors legally capable of a binding contract, unless it is ...
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