The Bankruptcy and Finance Information Network Exchange (BFINE) website compiles educational articles and information to help Americans learn more about personal finance options and make informed decisions for their financial future.
Too often decisions are made based on myths or fear instead of facts. No matter the financial situation, there are steps everyone can take toward financial security.
You are not alone. There are professionals willing to help everyone recover from unfortunate circumstances and financial mistakes.
When you make educated financial decisions, everything will BE FINE.
Keith Rucinski, Ch 13 Trustee, Akron, OH
“If I file for personal bankruptcy I will lose my car and house, and be left destitute the rest of my life.”
This is one of the most common urban legends about bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy does not mean you will lose all your “stuff” and be left destitute. The purpose of bankruptcy is to allow people to get a fresh financial start. Some famous people who have filed bankruptcy to get a fresh start include Harry Truman (33rd President of the United States), Walt Disney, and Henry Ford.
There are two types of consumer bankruptcy, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.
Managing your financial future is easier when you understand what is being said. Below are some of the key terms that are used with finance and bankruptcy.
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The meeting of creditors required by section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code at which the debtor is questioned under oath by creditors, a trustee, examiner, or the U.S. trustee about his/her financial affairs. Also called creditors' meeting.
Deciding to file bankruptcy is difficult, stressful, and can seem expensive. It can involve other family members and will have a lasting effect on your financial future.
The process is complicated. It is important to have a good attorney by your side.
How do you pick a good bankruptcy attorney? The choice is very important and it is usually made when you are stressed out. Here are things to consider when picking a lawyer.
When people are struggling with their debts, they have a lot more options than they might realize. There are professionals, non-profit organizations, and free online resources available to help no matter how one’s personal finances look.
CNBC - July 1, 2022
If medical debt you’ve already paid has been lingering on your credit report, you may want to see if that has changed.
The Hill - July 3, 2022
In the fall of 2021, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was overhauled by the Biden administration. Since then, thousands of borrowers have received $8.1 billion in student debt relief.
JDSupra - June 10, 2022
While it is becoming increasingly rare for the Supreme Court to speak with a singular voice on virtually anything these days, bankruptcy provides a rare exception.
Post Register - May 29, 2022
Many people wonder if they file for bankruptcy, what will they get to “keep?” Will they get to keep a house, a car, or an investment property?
Anyone hoping to take control of their personal finances must start with budgeting.
Simply put, a budget is a plan. People need to plan for how much they’ll earn, how much they’ll spend, and what their long-term financial goals will be.
The Balance - January 7, 2022
A statute of limitations is the amount of time a person can take in order to take legal action on a certain event. When it comes to debt, the statute of limitations is the amount of time a creditor can take before asking the court to force you to pay for a debt.
WFSU - May 15, 2022
Residents across north central Florida are optimistic about the potential impacts of a new law requiring a personal finance class for graduation.
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed the measure that will require high school students to complete a half credit course on personal finance before graduation.
Boston Globe - May 30, 2022
It didn’t count, but it should have. Boni, who moved to the United States from Mexico in his late 20s, needed to buy or rent equipment for his growing independent construction business. It was 2016, and he was earning decent money and paying for his housing and other living expenses. But with no credit history, his options for expanding his work opportunities were limited and involved high interest rates that seemed both expensive and risky.
JD Supra - Nov. 18, 2021
The CFPB, federal banking agencies, and state regulators are returning to pre-pandemic norms with respect to enforcement and supervision of the mortgage servicing industry. On November 10, 2021, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency....