Chase And Zombie Debts

In a recent lawsuit, Chase Bank was forced to pay out more than $160 million in penalties and $50 million in refunds to consumers for selling bad zombie debt to collection agencies. What Is A Zombie Debt? Many people have had a debt that they could not pay or that they simply forgot to satisfy…. Read more »

Is student loan debt headed for a cliff?

We’ve all heard about student loan debt in the news. Lots of us have student loan debt ourselves. We hear a lot about how millennials won’t be able to buy their own homes or save for retirement. If so many are struggling to pay, what’s happening in the student loan market? What’s going on with… Read more »

Chapter 7 Means Test 2015

Chapter 7 bankruptcy offers debtors serious relief. In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, you surrender non-exempt property to the court. That property is sold and used to pay your creditors. The rest of your unsecured debts are then discharged. Most debtors don’t have any non-exempt property, so they don’t have to give up property. That means… Read more »

Is there panic in the mortgage markets?

The mortgage market is a sensitive and complicated system. It reacts to any number of factors, including interest rates, housing purchases, and general economic outlook. It’s been in turmoil since the 2008 crisis and is still in the process of finding a new equilibrium. Last week was particularly tumultuous. What does all this turbulence mean… Read more »

New HARP Guidelines for 2015

What is HARP? Does it apply to me? HARP or the Home Affordable Refinance Program, began in 2009 as part of the Making Home Affordable Program in response to the housing market crisis of 2008 by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the U.S. Treasury Department. HARP allows borrowers, with loans owned by Fannie… Read more »

Defending Your Home Against Foreclosure In Ohio

You’re behind on your mortgage payments. It happens – maybe you got sick, maybe you lost your job, maybe you just fell behind. Receiving a foreclosure notice can be overwhelming, but you should know that you have options. You may be able to defend against the foreclosure and keep your home. What Happens Before Foreclosure?… Read more »

The Big Ohio Bankruptcy List

If you’re considering filing a bankruptcy, if you’re struggling with debt and wondering what your options are, or if you’re just curious about the bankruptcy process and rules in Ohio, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about bankruptcy in Ohio. Debt Basics There… Read more »

Can I modify my student loans?

Student loans are all over the news. Student loan debt has risen to over $1 trillion and it just keeps growing. The average student borrower has an outstanding balance of almost $30,000. Students are graduating into a difficult economy and finding themselves unemployed or underemployed and struggling to make their student loan payments. Is there anything… Read more »

What’s more dangerous: credit card or mortgage debt?

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, you may be facing tough choices. Pay the mortgage or pay the credit card bill? When making that decision, consider how each of these debts is treated in bankruptcy. In the United States, the federal bankruptcy laws are set up to allow debtors a fresh start. Accordingly, there… Read more »