Rats! I need a new car and I’m stuck in Chapter 13


Do You Need to Finance a Car in Chapter 13? The last thing you want to do is get further into debt while you are in Chapter 13.  (The goal of Chapter 13 is to get out of debt.)  But sometimes you need to replace a broken down junker. So, you need financing for a […]


Chapter 13 Payment Information


Here’s How You Can Make Your Chapter 13 Payments in the Alexandria VA Bankruptcy Court The bankruptcy law tells you to make your first Chapter 13 payment one month after your bankruptcy case is filed.  If you forget, or bounce, your first payment, the Chapter 13 trustee can dismiss your case. (That means DO NOT […]


Inflation Adjustment for Family of Two Goes the Wrong Way


Bankruptcy Means Test Inflation Adjustment for Family of Two Goes the Wrong Way Budgeting food and clothes in the bankruptcy court for a family of two just got harder. According to the Justice Department (who gets them from the IRS, who gets them from the Bureau of Labor Statistics), the average cost of food, clothing […]


Bankruptcy Trustee Hearings Will Soon Be on Zoom


Bankruptcy Court Trustee Hearings Will Soon Be On Zoom Bankruptcy Trustee hearings are now telephonic. That started for the pandemic, effective April 9, 2020. They are moving to Zoom, soon. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta made that announcement Friday at the annual convention of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah […]


Paying Your Mortgage with Money Order is a Bad Idea


Paying Your Mortgage with Money Orders is a Bad Idea Handing somebody a money order to buy a car or something–that’s sometimes safer than cash.  But mailing a money order to pay your mortgage–that’s almost always a bad idea. Let me tell you about Norman.  Norman filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy with different lawyer.  He later […]


Inflation Adjustment on income–But not on Expenses


Bankruptcy income eligibility got easier April 1, 2023 Income eligibility to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Virginia got easier April 1, 2023.  The median income–that’s the cutoff for automatic eligibility based on income–shot up six to ten thousand dollars. The median income for a family of four increased from $124,304 to $134,252.  For a family […]


Ten Years Out of School and Still Struggling with Student Loans?


Are You Ten Years Out of School and Still Struggling with Student Loans? Recent student loan policy changes by the Biden Administration can help people still struggling with student loans. These are new rules making it possible to discharge your student loans in bankruptcy.  In bankruptcy, you can clear your federal student loans if you […]


I Just Renewed My Membership in Consumer Advocates


Why I’m a Member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates I’m a bankruptcy lawyer.  When I first started I said “All I do is Bankruptcy.”  What I found out is that people in financial trouble are magnates for illegal stuff being done to them.  A lot of that is fair credit reporting violations and […]


New! For Millions, Bankruptcy Help with Student Loans!


Bankruptcy Can Now Help Millions with Student Loans! Are you nine months or more behind on your student loans?  You are not alone. Typically, ten million Americans are at least nine months behind. And another million fall into that default category each year.  In early November 2022, the Biden Administration cast you a lifeline. For […]


Once Up an Time: A Chapter 13 Story


Once up a time: Widow Anna saves her house and clears her debt with Chapter 13. Once up a time, an elderly widow named Anna needed to replace the HVAC in her townhouse. Her air conditioning broke down and she needed to fix it. Anna was poor.  She had $1404 monthly from her retirement and […]