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Bankruptcy may remove second mortgage liens

A Virginia homeowner who takes out a home equity loan is said to have obtained a second mortgage. The home equity lender is considered to have a secondary position on the home's title. However, that lender can still foreclose on a borrower who fails to make payments. It's possible to strip a second mortgage lien by filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Preparing for taxes during bankruptcy

Many people in Virginia have found a path to debt relief and a new financial future by filing for personal bankruptcy. However, when tax time rolls around, they may be concerned about how their Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 filing may impact their annual tax returns to the IRS. There are a few things for people to keep in mind when preparing their Form 1040 for submission after a bankruptcy. In the first place, it is important for people going through a bankruptcy case to file their tax return correctly and promptly. Under the bankruptcy code, people who do not file their tax returns or request an extension before the deadline may have their bankruptcy cases dismissed.

How to avoid bankruptcy because of medical debt

Virginia residents who accrue medical debt may find themselves in a tough financial position. According to one 2019 study, there could be as many as 530,000 Americans who have filed bankruptcy in the United States because of medical debt. The study itself found that 65.5% of the 910 respondents said that they filed for bankruptcy because of financial issues caused by a medical event. Bernie Sanders has cited the survey as part of his pitch to overhaul the American health care system.

Millennials are prone to medical debt that goes into collections

Millennials, individuals who were born from 1981 to 1996, are prone to medical debt that goes into collections. Virginia residents may be interested in learning about some factors that contribute to this and what millennials can do to cover their medical debt.

Taking the bankruptcy means test

Virginia consumers who are considering bankruptcy might wonder whether they should file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Chapter 7 involves discharging all eligible debts while Chapter 13 involves creating a payment plan that allows the filer to keep some assets. In order to qualify for Chapter 7, it is necessary to pass a means test.

Survey finds most Americans unprepared for medical expenses

Most Americans are unprepared to pay off medical debt, but there are steps people in Virginia can take to better insulate themselves against these types of costs. The first step is to build an emergency fund. This should be three months of expenses or at least the equivalent of the deductible for the person's health insurance. A health savings account can help with this.

An overview of rules debt collectors must follow

Virginia residents who owe money to credit card companies, hospitals or other creditors may have their debts sold to collection agencies. Those agencies may then attempt to contact a debtor by mail or phone. While it is legal to apply pressure to debtors, they are not allowed to threaten or harass them. For instance, a debt collector cannot threaten to file a lawsuit unless there are legitimate plans to take a matter to court.

Three options for keeping medical debt off credit cards

When looking at the statistics, it seems that Virginia residents have more money to spend on purchases and savings. Since the year 2009, the median household income has gone up by 30%. While this rise in income has its benefits, medical costs are actually growing faster than income. They have gone up by 33%. Americans may wonder how they can avoid putting medical costs on their credit card since interest rates can be so high.

Rebuilding credit after a bankruptcy

Virginia residents who are struggling to pay their bills and face daily harassment from collection agencies are sometimes reluctant to pursue debt relief because they are worried about the impact that filing a bankruptcy would have on their credit scores. While Chapter 13 bankruptcies remain on credit reports for seven years and Chapter 7 bankruptcies can be seen by lenders for 10 years, the fears over what effect this has on an individual's ability to borrow are largely based on myth.

Struggling with debt collection calls?

Many Virginia consumers find it difficult to make ends meet. They may turn to credit cards or loans to cover their expenses when they are unable to. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for people to find their way out of debt, especially if they are struggling with job loss or poorly paid work. Calls from debt collectors can lead to a miserable time, as people try to avoid their ongoing calls and demands for money. In 2017, over 70 million people across the country dealt with a debt collector, and one-third of all U.S. adults with credit had experienced a collection contact at some point.


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