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 […]

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 does appear, it is usually because they have additional […]

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 the many implemented changes was the waiting period between a consumer’s bankruptcy discharge in […]

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 ensure all creditors are listed on a Bankruptcy Petiion. […]

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 […]

How much does a bankruptcy cost?

There is no doubt that a person files for bankruptcy when they are not in the best financial position.  Accordingly, a question that we are asked daily is “How much are bankruptcy fees.”  First, the court filing fees including credit counseling, debtor education and a credit report total about $400.00 for a Chapter 13 and […]

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 […]