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Can Business Bankruptcy in Tucson Help You Stay in Business?

A common misconception is that filing for bankruptcy means financial failure. This could not be further from the truth, especially when it comes to businesses. Most businesses that file for bankruptcy do so in order to be able to continue operating. Business bankruptcy is simply a tool that allows a business to restructure its operations […]

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Do I Need a Bankruptcy Lawyer? – A Judge’s View

For those struggling with debt, hiring a bankruptcy lawyer can seem like yet another expense that they can’t afford.  In the video below, bankruptcy judge Case from the District of Arizona Bankruptcy Court discusses the bankruptcy process and the implications of filing without a lawyer.  This video should be watched by anyone considering bankruptcy, whether […]

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How to Avoid Debt Collection Scams in Arizona

Debt collection scams are on the rise. In order to avoid being taken in by a scammer, read this article and find out what to look for when dealing with debt collectors.

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Debt Collectors Sanctioned for Deceptive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently sanctioned two of the largest debt collectors for deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The two entities are Portfolio Recovery Associates and Encore Capital Group, Inc. Encore’s subsidiaries are Midland Funding LLC, Midland Credit Management, and Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. These entities buy delinquent or charged-off debt from […]

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Court Expands Mortgage Interest Deduction

In a recent decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the mortgage interest deduction, effectively doubling the deduction limits for unmarried co-owners. The decision has important implications for individuals with very high mortgage debt, and also for those who take out second mortgages on their homes. Read on to find out more. The tax […]

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4 Steps to Avoiding Bankruptcy in Arizona

I often get asked by prospective clients in Tucson and Mesa if bankruptcy is the only option available to deal with their debt problems.  The truth is, bankruptcy is not the only option, and several alternatives are available for avoiding bankruptcy.  Unfortunately, by the time most people decide to go see a lawyer, bankruptcy is […]

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Debts Not Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges many types of debt. However, there are some debts that are not discharged in Chapter 7. The list of non-dischargeable debts appears in section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. § 523).

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Difference between the U.S. Trustee and a Bankruptcy Trustee?

If you are contemplating bankruptcy, you may hear or see references to the U.S. Trustee or a bankruptcy trustee, and wonder what the difference may be. The short answer is that the U.S. Trustee is the bankruptcy trustee, although in some cases the U.S. Trustee may appoint private individuals to serve as the bankruptcy trustee […]

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Can Bankruptcy Help an Arizona Real Estate Investor Keep Investment Property?

Real estate bankruptcy has risen.  With the financial downturn of the last several years, and the corresponding deterioration of lease rates for real estate, many real estate investors have found themselves in the unenviable situation of owning residential or commercial real estate that does not generate sufficient revenue to cover the debt service. Faced with […]

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The Basics of Financial Planning and Dealing with Debt

As a bankruptcy attorney, I am used to counseling individuals and families who are struggling with debt. But what I still cannot get used to seeing is how well-meaning people, who want to do what they can to pay off their debts, end up making their debt problems much worse by using incorrect debt management methods. And this is almost always avoidable.

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