Is There Recent Bankruptcy News of Which I Should Be Aware?
On October 17, 2005, wide ranging changes were made to U.S. bankruptcy law. Two major changes that affect everyone considering bankruptcy protection:
- The “means test.” While a component of the bankruptcy code throughout history, the means test was removed from the previous reform package that went into affect in the late 1970's. As most lenders realized, but the U.S. Congress apparently did not, this action opened many doors to bankruptcy abuse. Now back in favor, the means test dictates that people filing a petition must disclose all sources of income, which will help determine whether a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 (wage earner plan) is the appropriate course of action. A person having significant income but few hard assets may be prohibited from filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and will be permitted to file a Chapter 13 action only.
- Debt management counseling. All new bankruptcy filers must provide evidence that they have completed a debt/credit management counseling course within six months of filing their petition. While many scoff at the necessity of this requirement, everyone should know that knowledge is power. This new requirement should prove to help many people avoid a repeat performance of filing bankruptcy in the future.
Bankruptcy Frequently Asked Questions
How can I avoid bankrupcy?
What Is the Most Important Factor in Selecting Bankruptcy Lawyers?
What Should It Cost to Consult a Bankruptcy Lawyer?
I Live in New Jersey. Should I Select New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers or New York Bankruptcy Lawyers?
What Should It Cost to Use Bankruptcy Lawyers?
What Other Services Might Bankruptcy Lawyers Provide?
Can Personal Bankruptcy Lawyers Help Me Keep Some Assets?
What Tactics Are Collectors Legally Prohibited From Using?
If I Am a Victim of Creditor Harassment, What Can I Do?
Can a Collector Use E-mail or Faxes to Harass Me?
What Should One Say in a Cease and Desist Letter?
How Do I Know If I'm Being Illegally Harassed?
What Is the Easiest Way to Access Bankruptcy Records?
Is There a Source of Accessing Public Bankruptcy Records by State?
Are My Bankruptcy Records Available to the Public?
Can Recent Bankruptcy Filings Be Accessed Online?
How Long Do Bankruptcy Records Remain on Someoneís Credit File?
What Information Do I Need to Do a Bankruptcy Record Search?
If I Own a Home, Are There Alternatives to Bankruptcy?
Are There Alternatives to Bankruptcy If I Don't Own a Home?
Why Would a Credit Card Company Agree to Lower Payments Or a Settlement?
Why Would a Mortgage Lender Agree to Reduced Monthly Payments?
Should I Use a Debt Reduction or Debt Consolidation Firm As an Alternative to Bankruptcy?
Should I Use an Attorney to Negotiate a Debt Reduction Plan As an Alternative to Bankruptcy?
Should I Use a Non-Profit Debt Counseling Firm?
Are There Other Alternatives to Bankruptcy?
What Is Federal Bankruptcy Court?
What Bankruptcy Court Information Should I Know?
Is the Same Court Used for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Does the Recent Change in the Bankruptcy Law Affect the Federal Bankruptcy Court?
What Is a Bankruptcy?
What Bankruptcy Information Do I Need to Know?
Can I Get Good Information From a Bankruptcy Blog?
What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Bankruptcy?
What Are Bankruptcy Exemptions?
What Is Some Bankruptcy Terminology I Should Know?
What Are The Types of Bankruptcy?
What Is a Discharge in Bankruptcy?
Is There Recent Bankruptcy News of Which I Should Be Aware?
What Is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?
Who Can File a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?
What Is an Involuntary Bankruptcy?
How Does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Differ From Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy?
Do Recent Law Changes Affect Corporate Bankruptcy, Too?
What Is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
How to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
What Should I Do If I Live in Detroit and Want to File a Chapter 13?
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I Live in Oregon. What Are My Exemptions?
What Is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Discharge?
When Must My Creditors Stop Their Collection Activity?
Who Can File for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
What Is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
How Does One File for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
Can I Get Information on Milwaukee Bankruptcy Lawyers?
Can I Get Information on Wisconsin Bankruptcy Lawyers?
Can I Get Information on Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Lawyers?
What is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge?
What Are Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exceptions?
What Are Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees?
Is There a Credit Life After Bankruptcy?
How Do I Build Credit After Bankruptcy?
What Is the Possibility of Buying a Home After Bankruptcy?
Can I Get a Car Loan After Bankruptcy?
Can I Get a Mortgage After Bankruptcy?
What About Renting After Bankruptcy?
How Do I Establish Bank Accounts After Bankruptcy?
What Is an After Bankruptcy Credit Card?
What Happens to My Credit Score After Bankruptcy?
What Type of Loans After Bankruptcy Are Available?
How Will Illinois Bankruptcy Lawyers Help Me?
How Will Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyers Help Me?
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Can I File Bankruptcy Online?
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What Property Exemptions Do I Have in California?
I Live In Colorado and Have a Partner in Real Estate Who Wants to Declare Bankruptcy. What Can I Do?
I Live Near Denver. Where Do I File For Bankruptcy?
How Do I File For Bankruptcy in Florida As I Own a Home?
I Am Totallly Confused About Los Angeles Bankruptcy Exemptions. What Should I Do?
I Live in Miami and Need to File for Bankruptcy. What Should I Do?
If I Have Lots of Old Debts and Live in the Bay Area of CA, What Should I Do?
What Are the Basic Personal Bankruptcy Laws?
What Are the Recent Bankruptcy Law Changes Iíve Heard About?
What Is Bankruptcy Law Reform and How Does It Affect Me?
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Can I Declare Bankruptcy to Eliminate Medical Bills?
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Can I File Bankruptcy to Help With My Student Loans?
What Will Happen to Child Support Payments If My Ex-spouse Declares Bankruptcy?
Are Property Settlement Items Dischargeable in a Bankruptcy After Divorce?
What Debts Cannot Be Discharged in a Divorce Bankruptcy?
How Can I Protect Myself in a Divorce If My Spouse Owes Debts and Might Declare Bankruptcy?
How Does the Court Decide What Is Support and What is Property Settlement in a Divorce and Bankruptcy Situation?
I Think My Ex-spouse Might Declare Bankruptcy After Divorce. Is There Any Way to Protect My Support and Alimony Payments?
Is there anything good that can come from filing bankruptcy?
My mortgage is three months behind. Do I have to file bankruptcy?
Which bankruptcy filing is right for me?