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Staying a Real Estate Tax Sale by way of a Bankruptcy Filing

When the owner of real property fails to make regular payments on municipal debt levied on his/her property, that property may be sold at a real estate tax sale to allow the city/municipality to recover any unpaid debt. These debts can include outstanding water and...

Restoration of Driver's Privileges and Bankruptcy

The filing of a Petition in Bankruptcy may be of assistance in restoration of a suspended driver’s license in Pennsylvania. First of all it must be determined why the Petitioner in Bankruptcy has his or her driver’s license suspended in the first place in...

What to expect at a Bankruptcy Hearing

Whether filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, the Petitioner(s) must attend a 341 Meeting of Creditors. Although named the Meeting of Creditors by Statute, it is extremely rare for a creditor to appear at the 341 Meeting. In the event a Creditor...

Chapter 7 Repeat Filing

On October 17, 2005, a major change in the bankruptcy law went into effect. The law change specifically referred to as The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (“BAPCPA”) changed many aspects of consumer bankruptcy law(s). One of...

Bankruptcy and Student Loans, a Brief Overview

The recognized current standard for including student loans in a bankruptcy discharge is broadly defined as a clear showing that the payment of the student loan debt will impose an undue hardship on the Debtor and his or her dependents. To meet this standard the...

Can I Purchase a Home after filing Bankruptcy?

Can I Purchase a Home after filing Bankruptcy? The answer to this question, is the too frequent legal answer, “It Depends.” Credit scores a/k/a FICO scores and interest rates are in an inverse relationship, meaning, the higher the credit score, the lower...

Payday Loans making a comeback in Pennsylvania?

In March, 2010 I posted a blog about the high cost of payday loans, as high as a 426% interest rate. Payday loans are not the first choice of a consumer looking for a short term loan, and are generally sought in the most dire of financial positions. Pay day loans are...

The Omitted Creditor in Bankruptcy?

This blog stems from a Chapter 7 client who asked “What happens if a creditor is not listed?” It is Sadek and Coopers’ common practice that prior to a bankruptcy filing we review a 3 source credit report and collect all bills from our clients to...

2012 Year in Review

2012 has been another exciting year for our Law Office. The biggest change, beginning in 2013 is the addition of Patrick J. Cooper, Esquire as a Partner of the Law firm. Accordingly on January 1, 2013 the law firm will now be known as Sadek and Cooper, LLC....