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Blog Posts in May, 2010

Banks Reduce Overdraft Charges: Smaller Fees Better Than No Fees At All

According to an article on Time.com, banks, have decided to reduce their overdraft fees in hopes that more people will pay and not dispute them. Click here to read the story. Are you over your head in ...
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Can a Bankruptcy Ever be Removed from my Credit Report?

No, you cannot remove a bankruptcy from your credit report early. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can appear on your credit report for 10 years while a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will appear for seven years. ...
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First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Disappoints

The first-time home buyer tax credit program launched last year recently came to a close. We came across this article on CNBC.com that goes over the disappointing results. Click here to read the ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Creditors' Meetings

Every debtor is required to appear at a creditors' meeting conducted by a trustee who asks the debtor questions about the debtor's financial condition and gives creditors the opportunity to do the ...
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What Happens If My Bankruptcy Case Is Not Dismissed?

That's OK! You don't want your case to be dismissed. What bankruptcy filers typically seek is called a "discharge" of their case and its associated debts. There are big differences between a dismissal ...
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Credit Card Overhaul Cuts Bank Fees by $5 Billion

According to an article on USAToday.com, new debit and credit card laws will save consumers $5 billion this year. Click here to read the story. Are you over your head in credit card debt? Contact us ...
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Can Filing Bankruptcy Immediately Unfreeze my Bank Account?

Yes, filing either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy will result in an unfreezing of your bank accounts once the bank receives all of the paperwork. Filing for bankruptcy will also stop any wage ...
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Senate Votes To Provide Credit Scores to Consumers

Have you been rejected for a credit card, car loan or store charge card in the past and wondered why? An amendment making its way to becoming a bill in senate will help consumers by providing them ...
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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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Can I Sell Anything I Own Prior to a Bankruptcy?

The quick answer is NO! Nothing good can come from doing this. If you owe money to family and friends, and pay them back, the courts will find out and take the money back to pay your creditors. If you ...
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5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Credit to Buy a Home

Looking to purchase a new home? It's important that you have good credit! We recently came across this article in the NYTimes.com with great tips to cleaning up your credit and wanted to share it with ...
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What Would be Considered an Asset in a Bankruptcy?

Anyone who is filing for bankruptcy will be required to list all of their assets. An asset is anything you own. Assets include: Investments - stocks, bonds, certificates of deposits, mutual funds, and ...
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Get a Better Deal from your Cable Company

Did you know there are ways to get a better deal from your cable company? We came across this great article NYTimes.com and wanted to share it with our readers. Click here to read the story. Can your ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Creditors' Meetings

Every debtor is required to appear at a creditors' meeting conducted by a trustee who asks the debtor questions about the debtor's financial condition and gives creditors the opportunity to do the ...
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What is a Financial Hardship?

A financial hardship occurs when a personal economic situation that makes it difficult to meet your financial obligations. Some examples of economic hardship are job loss, an illness or death in the ...
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How to Negotiate with Your Cell Phone Company

Sick of outrageous fees and crazy bills from your cell phone carrier? We came across this great article NYTimes.com on negotiating your cell phone bills and wanted to share it with our readers. Click ...
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Can a 1099 Subcontractor Have Wages Garnished?

Yes, a 1099 subcontractor can have wages garnished, with no exemptions. This means that the entire check can be taken up to what is owed by the contractor at that time. However, a garnishment order on ...
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5 Tips for Saving for a Down Payment on a Home

Trying to become a homeowner? The big obstacle can be the down payment. We came across this list of useful tips on NYTimes.com and wanted to share it with our readers. Click here to read the story. ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Filing for Bankruptcy

In order to file for bankruptcy, an individual must take a credit counseling course and accurately complete and file a number of documents. Contact us online or call the Law Offices of Jacoby & ...
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How Can I Protect Myself From Identity Theft?

According to the Federal Trade Commission 's Identity Theft Awareness site, the three most important steps to avoid identity theft are to Deter, Detect and Defend. Deter Identity Theft The first step ...
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There is Life After Bankruptcy

We recently came across an article in The Daily News about life after bankruptcy. It has some useful information and we thought we would share it with our readers. You can read the article here. Are ...
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