Common Bankruptcy Questions About Creditors

LA Bankruptcy FAQ and Bankruptcy Attorneys

A creditor has demanded payment after I have filed for bankruptcy, what can I do?

This is where the automatic stay protects the debtor. An automatic stay is a process in bankruptcy law that halts actions by creditors (with certain exceptions) to collect debts from an individual who has declared bankruptcy. If a creditor attempts to repossess your property without the permission of the bankruptcy court, after your case has been filed, it becomes a violation of the automatic stay. If a creditor takes possession of property you own (a vehicle for example), they must return it immediately.

The court has the ability to punish creditors who deliberately violate the automatic stay and the creditor is liable to the debtor for harm caused!

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Los Angeles Bankruptcy Conversion Basics

Los Angeles bankruptcy conversions

Can I Convert From One Bankruptcy To Another?


One of the first considerations a person must make when deciding to file for bankruptcy is which specific chapter they wish to file under. A problem that sometimes occurs is when a debtor has filed for one type of bankruptcy, but under unforeseen circumstances must convert to another bankruptcy. This is called a bankruptcy conversion.

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Secured Vs Unsecured Debt

Bankruptcy for Secured and Unsecured Loans

Filing Bankruptcy Can Discharge Secured and Unsecured Loans

Before a lender makes the decision to loan money to an individual, they must evaluate a consumer’s credit history. Once the preliminary screening has been done, the lender has a choice to lend to consumers under two main categories: secured and unsecured debt. It is important to understand the differences between secured and unsecured debt if you are planning on applying for a loan, or filing for bankruptcy, so you can understand what financial options are available to you.

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Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

Filing Bankruptcy for Student Loan Debt

Student Loans and Bankruptcy

In Bankruptcy law, there are many myths about what you can and cannot discharge when filing for bankruptcy. One of the biggest myths in bankruptcy today is that when you file for bankruptcy and attempt to have your debt discharged, student loans are impossible to discharge. While student loans are typically exempted from discharge, it is possible to have the Bankruptcy Court make a determination that the student loans pose an undue hardship.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Update

Detroit carries on with the biggest bankruptcy in history

Extra Litigation Costly, may delay Detroit Bankruptcy

Detroit has been reeling since filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013. Emergency City Manager Kevin Orr recently went on record to say the deal made with creditor Syncora Inc. last month saved the city millions in court costs and stopped a delay that no doubt would have gone on for months if not years. At the start of last September, Detroit was able to come to terms with a deal with bond insurer Syncora Inc. to settle the $400 million debt. The deal made with Syncora Inc. includes long-term leases on a parking garage and tunnel between Detroit and Canada as well as cash.
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Bitcoin Exchange Bankruptcy

Mt. Gox Bitcoin BankruptcyBankrupt Bitcoin Exchange, Mt. Gox, extends date for creditors to file

The Japanese bankruptcy trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, handling the Mt. Gox bankruptcy case, has recently announced a six-month extension for creditors to file claims, in an attempt to recover lost moneys during the Mt. Gox bitcoin disappearance scandal.

What else does this extension mean?

While creditors have an extra six months to file claims, there will now also be an additional six months before any formal investigation into the bankrupt exchange is completed. Nobuaki Kobayashi had set the previous filing deadline for proofs of claim on the 28th of November, 2014. Essentially, the Mt. Gox trial has now been delayed until next year, with the investigation findings to be revealed on the 9th of September, 2015.

OKPay, a payment processing firm, has paid back some of the money lost during Mt. Gox’s collapse, to Mt. Gox. The $6,014,910 total consisted of withheld deposits from its customers, that OKPay held onto in the period immediately preceding Mt. Gox’s collapse. An OKPay representative told the public that it was instructed to pay Mt. Gox the $6,014,910 it was holding, through a court order.

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Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Talk to a Los Angeles Bankruptcy Lawyer

When faced with debt and the inability to pay back all creditors, American citizens or businesses are able to file for bankruptcy based on their financial situation. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is, in general, an overall liquidation of assets, while Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a basic reorganization or rehabilitation bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcies often result in a Chapter 7 Trustee attempting to sell off a Debtor’s assets to pay off creditors, while Chapter 11 leaves an individual or corporation in control of their assets and allows them to negotiate with creditors to alter or cure the loan payment terms, in an attempt to have debts paid back without forcing a liquidation of assets.
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