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“When Non-Bankruptcy Clients Need Bankruptcy Advice” – Thursday, Nov. 20 Attorney Action Club Presentation

Calling all Bay Area lawyers and legal professionals:  Come to my Thursday, November 20 presentation entitled “When Non-Bankruptcy Clients Need Bankruptcy Advice.”  It’s part of the “Attorney Action Club” and will take place at 11:30 AM at the offices of City National Bank at 150 California Street, 12th Floor, in downtown San Francisco.  0.5 hours […]

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Chapter 13

100% Chapter 13 Plans: What Are They?

What is a 100% Chapter 13 Plan? When you file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case, you present the court with a plan. That plan in most cases is 5 years long, and it essentially says: “For the next 60 months, I’m going to pay X dollars per month to a trustee, and here are the instructions […]

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Top 8 Bankruptcy Lawyer Blogs – June 2014

I try my best to provide helpful, accurate, and interesting information here at the blog section of my website.  But I also try to keep abreast of what other bankruptcy lawyers are writing about.  To that end, here are what I view as the top 8 bankruptcy lawyer blogs, as of June 2014.  If you’re […]

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How Much Does Bankruptcy Cost?

How much does bankruptcy cost? The answer is “it depends.” The most important factors are what type of case you’re filing (Chapter 7 or Chapter 13) and how complicated your case is. Basically, there are three kinds of costs associated with filing a bankruptcy case: lawyer fees, court fees, and “other.” Court Fees: These are the […]

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Bankruptcy basics

The Bankruptcy Means Test (Bankruptcy Basics)

The bankruptcy means test is an aspect of U.S. consumer bankruptcy law that was introduced as part of the 2005 bankruptcy reform law. All people who file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case or a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case (and who primarily have consumer debts) must file a completed means test as part of their petition. […]

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Bankruptcy News

Bankruptcy Filing Fees Increase

The Judicial Conference has announced that bankruptcy filing fees will increase for news cases filed on or after June 1, 2014. Most relevant to my clients will be Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 fees each going up by $29, but Chapter 11 fees will go up by a whopping $504. The new bankruptcy filing fees […]

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Bankruptcy basics

The Automatic Stay (Bankruptcy Basics)

The Automatic Stay is one of the basic concepts of bankruptcy law and is the fundamental protection that filing a case brings you. It is codified in Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code. The moment you file your case, your creditors are “stayed” from taking any action against you. That means no debt collection attempts, […]

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