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

By German Yusufov | Updated Mar 4,2016
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

How to Avoid Debt Collection Scams in Arizona

By German Yusufov | Updated Feb 9,2016
  In recent months, I have been contacted by a number of people who have fallen victim to debt collection scams.  The essence of the

Debt Collectors Sanctioned for Deceptive Practices

By German Yusufov | Updated Nov 11,2015
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

Court Expands Mortgage Interest Deduction

By German Yusufov | Updated Nov 11,2015
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

4 Steps to Avoiding Bankruptcy in Arizona

By German Yusufov | Updated Oct 21,2015
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

Debts Not Discharged in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

By German Yusufov | Updated Feb 10,2015
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

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

By German Yusufov | Updated Jan 23,2015
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
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

The Basics of Financial Planning and Dealing with Debt

By German Yusufov | Updated Dec 13,2013
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

Can A Creditor Come After Me If I Co-Signed For A Loan?

By German Yusufov | Updated Nov 28,2013
The short answer is yes. I see this situation all the time: parents co-sign loans for their children, family members co-sign for each other, and

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