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When I explain how credit scores are calculated to people, I find myself using an analogy to the Wizard of Oz. Credit scores are determined by the bureaus using a method that we are never privy to and that no one really ever tells us. The credit bureaus remind me of the Wizard of Oz, plotting and making things happen behind a screen and curtain. We will never know the weight given to any of…
As children get older and circumstances change, parents often request from the Court a change in their parenting plan. Hiring an attorney for a modification of a parenting plan can be expensive for two main reasons. First, the case will take a significant amount of time (eight to twelve months, easily). Second, the burden is much higher to change the parenting plan than it was to originally create it. These six steps will lead you…
When determining if you can qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, we first need to consider your gross household monthly income, your expenses, and the number of people in your household. For example, if you have a roommate and you are going to count the roommate’s expenses (such as electric bill, total rent, etc.), then you must include the roommate’s income also. If instead, however, you only count your half of the expenses that you…
In a Chapter 13, when they are talking about voluntary repayment plan for individuals with regular income, is there a rule/percentage that I have to pay back? (i.e  30% of the total debt, etc) In a Chapter 13 case, any individual, even if self-employed or operating an unincorporated business, is eligible for chapter 13 relief as long as the individual’s unsecured debts are less than $307,675 and secured debts are less than $922,975. 11 U.S.C.…
Think about the last best restaurant you ate at. How did you find the restaurant? Chances are really great that you received a referral. Whether you searched Yelp, or Google, or received a referral from a friend, many of us seek out recommendations or referrals for finding a good restaurant. Why should finding an attorney be any different? While sites like Avvo, Google, or other databased can help you find attorneys, many people are unaware…
Hiring a lawyer is an important step for your case. Once that is complete, you need to make sure your financial investment in your lawyer pays off. After working with clients for over a decade, I created this list of tips to help you handle your case like a pro. Working with your lawyer (instead of for your lawyer) will help your case work efficiently. Be organized. The best tip for any client is to…
The holidays are almost upon us and plans are starting to form. There are a variety of issues parents can run into when planning for timesharing during the holidays. Who gets timesharing with the children on Thanksgiving? How do we split the Christmas break? What do I do if the other parent wants to change the schedule? What do we do if we don’t have a schedule in place already? Here are some tips to…
Phone applications come and go. Here are three apps we are loving right now that can help you deal with your debt. Our current favorites are Wunderlist, Credit Sesame, and Mint. Best of all, all three apps are free! Wunderlist Wunderlist is one of my new favorite apps. I earned a bachelor’s degree in list making. Wunderlist is great for dealing with debt because you can utilize it to list all of your credit card…
Phone applications come and go. Here are three apps we are loving right now that can help you deal with your debt. Our current favorites are Wunderlist, Credit Sesame, and Mint. Best of all, all three apps are free! Wunderlist Wunderlist is one of my new favorite apps. I earned a bachelor’s degree in list making. Wunderlist is great for dealing with debt because you can utilize it to list all of your credit card…
Bankruptcy cases use many unfamiliar words. In this blog post, we translate and explain the most commonly used words and phrases in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy – Bankruptcy is a legal process which allows a person who owes more money than he or she can currently repay, to either (1) repay a portion of the money over time under Chapter 11, 12, or 13, or (2) have the entire debt forgiven under chapter 7. Under chapter 7,…