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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Addresses Financial Struggles Athletes Face

The tragic tale of American professional athletes rising from poverty to fame, only to squander their earnings and file bankruptcy after retiring is becoming all too common. Professional athletes in ...
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Q&A with a Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney–Borrowing from a 401(k)

Q: My wife and I are in our late 20s with a mortgage and almost $20,000 in student loan debt between the two of us. We each have 401(k) plans we have contributed to-should we cash one out to pay off ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Evaluates Options for Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt was been soaring for the last decade and a half, and many economic experts believe it could hinder a recovering economy. Student loan debt has increased by almost 500 percent since ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Critical of Hostess's Business Practices

Hostess Brands, Inc. filed a bankruptcy motion seeking permission to close business and sell its assets in a high profile case in November, which was accepted by the United States Bankruptcy Court for ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer Reflects on Detroit Financial Crisis

Detroit has been in a financial slump for many years now, and the effects have been felt by public officials, business owners and certainly laid off workers. Some experts predict that Detroit may ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Weighs In on Looming Fiscal Cliff

As Congress and President Barack Obama continue to negotiate offers to prevent falling off the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year, legislators are beginning to grow impatient. The metaphorical ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer Supports Senator-Elect Warren

Early reports indicate that Massachusetts Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren is expected to be granted a seat on the Senate Banking Committee. Warren, a Harvard bankruptcy professor, is a consumer ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer Warns of Tax Complications After Filing

If a person files bankruptcy, hopefully it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Therefore, the process is often intimidating as people have no previous experience with a personal bankruptcy. Lots of ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Appalled at Creditor Harassment

Creditors are notorious for their borderline harassing collection methods, particularly the big banks. The lengths that some of these banks go to collect is often unethical and sometimes illegal. One ...
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Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Weighs in On Decreased Filings

One particular region in Ohio has seen a sharp decline in the filings of personal bankruptcies, according to the Dayton Daily News. Throughout the first half of 2012 personal bankruptcies in the ...
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Repairing Your Credit after Bankruptcy

For people who have filed a Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, opening up another line of credit seems counterintuitive, but experts argue that it is important that you reestablish a good credit ...
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Proposed Ordinance Could Help Renters, Reduce Vacancies

The video above is a CBS News segment from nearly one year ago discussing the problems foreclosures have caused in Chicago neighborhoods. As we have been discussing this week, foreclosure remains an ...
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Three Car Options in Chapter 7

On Monday, I touched on cramming down a car loan in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Today, I wanted to touch on the three car options available to debtors who are filing Chapter 7 : Surrender - This option ...
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After Foreclosure Exited Stage Left, Writing Took Center Stage

Stephanie and Bob Walker paid $799,000 for a three-bedroom house with a view of the Hollywood sign in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Three years later, the couple was in the Barrington ...
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Will Cook County's Copycat Ordinance Earn It Copycat Lawsuit?

Despite the city of Chicago now facing federal lawsuit over the vacant building ordinance passed by the City Council in November, the Cook County Board decided to pass its own measure that "largely ...
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Famous Bankruptcies: Abraham Lincoln

Chances are good that you have probably seen the infamous "Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit" list that has appeared in numerous emails and books ever since it was first created, even appearing in Reader's ...
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Will Changes To HARP Change The Number Helped?

As the Obama administration’s revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) goes into effect this month, the latest version will offer some key changes that should make it more attractive to ...
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Foreclosure Holds Housing Market Hostage

After five consecutive months of increases, home prices in Chicago and across the nation fell in September from August, according to a Medill Reports story published on November 29, 2011. The ...
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Five Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Job

One of the most common reasons why homeowners around the country need foreclosure help has to do with employment. Anybody who has been out of the workforce for any period of time knows that being ...
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1 In 3 Americans Poor Or 'Near Poor'

Phyllis Pendleton is a social worker with Catholic Charities in Washington, and her husband is a janitor. Combined, the couple makes about $51,000 a year, or more than 200 percent of the official ...
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Will More First Mortgage Defaults Lead To More Foreclosures?

Chicago saw the largest increase in first mortgage default rates as the rate for the country rose from 1.99 percent to 2.08 percent in October, United Press International reported on November 15, ...
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Madigan Should Not Settle Until Robo-Signing Really Ends, County Recorder Says

Winnebago County Recorder Nancy McPherson is one of a dozen county recorders collecting evidence of mortgage document fraud for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and she told the Rockford ...
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New Employment, Construction Reports Offer Hope

There were a couple signs of hope for the economy as new claims for jobless benefits hit a seven-month low and permits for future home construction rebounded strongly in October, Reuters reported on ...
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With Copays Rising, Is Bankruptcy Your Best Medicine?

One of the most common reasons homeowners are finding themselves needing foreclosure help is the cost of medical bills. People already struggling through hard times to pay for medication may have to ...
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Do Not Get Tricked Into Paying For Mortgage Help

Despite the fact that they had only owned their condo for two months, Joyce Thompson and her husband, Paul English, received what the Chicago Tribune described as an "official-looking letter with the ...
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