2014 Year in Review

With our growing and busy practice, it is rare that we have time to reflect on the past year and look forward to progressing into 2015. In 2014, Sadek and Cooper expanded in both personnel and office locations. In 2014, our firm welcomed two new staff members. In May of 2014, our office hired Brenda […]

Home Purchasing Financial Guidelines

One of the best investments one can make is in their own home. However, for the home to be enjoyable it must be affordable. There is not a single all encompassing test which will determine whether a home is affordable, however, below are some general guidelines to determine affordability prior to purchasing real estate. Guideline […]

FHA Back to Work Mortgage Program

Recently, the Federal Housing Administration moved to relax its guidelines and expedite the waiting period to secure a mortgage for borrowers who “experienced periods of financial difficulty due to extenuating circumstances”. The program exemplifies the FHA’s willingness to help those who have endured a financial situation beyond their control. The program is generally known as […]

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 sewer bills, school district taxes, and real property taxes. The […]

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 Bankruptcy Courts have implemented the Brunner test. The Brunner test […]

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 often used by […]

Pennsylvania Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Legal Strategies for Homeowners

PENNSYLVANIA MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PROCESS 1. Notice of Intent to Foreclose The first step in the Pennsylvania residential mortgage foreclosure process in Pennsylvania is for the mortgagor/lender to give the mortgagee/borrower a 30 day notice of intention to foreclose. Under Act 6 of 1974, 41 P.S. Section 403, during this 30 day period the lender must […]

Steps Prior to Filing for Bankruptcy

Filing bankruptcy is not something people want to do, rather something they have to do for various different reasons. When a person or married couple makes the decision to file for bankruptcy there are a few guidelines they should follow to make the bankruptcy procedure as easy and quick as possible. 1. Consult with an […]

Unsecured Debts in Chapter 13 Plans

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy filers generally have to pay a regular monthly payment to the Chapter 13 Trustee. The subject monthly payment is determined by the amount necessary to cure mortgage arrears over a period of up to 5 years or disposable monthly income, in the event any exists. The Bankruptcy Code strictly regulates for the […]