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Filing for Bankruptcy? Use This Helpful Checklist

Posted on Sun, Feb 07, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

Filing for bankruptcy can be overwhelming, complicated, and time-consuming. Being that the process can be stressful, knowing what you should do before filing can help lower the amount of discomfort and uncertainty you may feel. Before you file, use this helpful bankruptcy filing checklist to properly begin the process:

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5 Tips for Acquiring New Bankruptcy Clients This Year

Posted on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

Regardless of how many clients you may have now, it never hurts to look for new ones. However, that doesn’t mean neglecting the ones you already have. You and your team have to be able to retain your current clients, while still acquiring new ones simultaneously. 

With bankruptcy filings continuing on a downward trend, new clients are increasingly harder to come by. As a bankruptcy attorney, demand has gotten scarce which means you have to stand out when it comes to acquiring new clients. 

 

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Bankruptcy Can Happen to Anyone

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 07:01 AM

Filing for bankruptcy can feel incredibly depressing. You might feel as though you've failed. You know that it's going to be a waiting game from here: waiting for your credit to recover; waiting to be eligible for several basic types of financial transactions again; waiting to rebuild your savings accounts. If the whole process has you down in the dumps, remember that bankruptcy can happen to anyone. Celebrities have done it. Executives have done it. All it takes is a couple of bad decisions, unexpected expenses, or an unanticipated layoff, and suddenly, you simply can't pay those bills that have piled up. You're not alone in your bankruptcy journey--and now that you've made the decision, there are plenty of positives to this process.

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Top 7 Post-Bankruptcy Lifestyle Changes

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Following bankruptcy, there are a number of changes that you'll have to make to your life. It's not just about the reaction to the bankruptcy; it's also about the wise financial changes you'll have to make over the next few months and years to keep yourself from once again spiraling down into debt. These top post-bankruptcy lifestyle changes will help guide you through the process and make it easier to make positive financial choices in the days to come. 

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Surrendering Property in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Should You Do It?

Posted on Sat, Jan 23, 2016 @ 15:01 PM

It used to be that people filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy because they wanted to prevent their home from being foreclosed on. It gave them ample time to correct any outstanding arrears on their mortgage. However, more individuals are actually making the decision to let their house go and start over due to a decline in house values. If your goal is to let your home go, you might want to consider going with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, there are certain requirements that have to be met to be eligible for a Chapter 7.

Individuals with too much income or a previous Chapter 7 bankruptcy case within the last eight years could find that a Chapter 13 is the better option for them. This works well for those who have a priority debt that they don’t want to liquidate or those who are looking to reorganize all of their secured debts like vehicles and recreational toys, while giving up a home.

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5 Tips for Successfully Branding Your Bankruptcy Firm

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 08:01 AM

It used to be that the only people who were focused on branding were technology experts, large corporations, and celebrities. However, that isn’t the case today. With so many people flocking to the Internet and social media, professional brands are the foundation of success.

As a bankruptcy attorney, you have to remain true to your values and your foundation when delivering services and overall customer experiences. Your brand is a great opportunity to convey this. 

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Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies: What You Need to Know

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Realizing you can’t pay your bills and are burdened with debts may mean having to file for bankruptcy. This can be extremely overwhelming for most people. It can be complicated if you don’t know what’s involved and what to do.

It’s important to know which type of bankruptcy, it’s best for you. If you’re facing bankruptcy, here’s a basic overview of the bankruptcy processes for involved for both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. 

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3 New Year Starts For Marketing Your Bankruptcy Firm Successfully

Posted on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 17:01 PM

With the new year, now is a good time to really assess and evaluate your marketing strategy for your bankruptcy firm and optimize it for the rest of 2016. Here are 5 key components that you need to set in your marketing strategy for a successful 2016:

1. Evaluate 2015 to set your objectives and goals for the year.

The new year is a great time to be retrospective about the previous year and your marketing strategy, to see what worked and what needs improvement. Maybe you have seen growth in the number of clients you've had, or a change in the demographics of filers that approach your firm. Or, maybe you want to grow your influence on LinkedIn and your followers on Twitter. Paying attention to these numbers and changes is a great way to refocus your objectives and create new goals for a stronger marketing strategy. If possible, go back even 3 to 5 years to understand longer patterns.

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7 Steps to Recover from Overspending During the Holidays

Posted on Thu, Jan 07, 2016 @ 11:01 AM

During the holidays, it seems as though everyone over-spends. There are gifts to be purchased, special events to attend, and decorations to buy. Many people find that when January arrives, the bills that start rolling in are enough to make them panic! By following these 7 steps to recover from overspending during the holidays, however, you can get your budget back on track.

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What To Expect When Attempting To Discharge Student Loans In Bankruptcy

Posted on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Over 40 million Americans have student loan debt, and many of them are struggling to meet their daily living expenses. And if they’re battling other types of debt such as a delinquent mortgage or credit cards, filing for bankruptcy may seem like an appealing option. But can bankruptcy discharge student loan debt? Theoretically, yes it can. However, there are strict (and very high) standards the debtor must meet. Let’s take a look at the process and what you can expect if you’re trying to discharge your student loan debt in bankruptcy 

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