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Can filing for bankruptcy save my home?
Each case is individual, but there are many possible options when you are facing foreclosure on your home. Many individuals in the State of Georgia got caught in the sub-prime mortgage crash and now face mortgage payments that are impossible to handle. When this is the case, filing gives you the time and opportunity to handle the back payments as there will be a halt to collection actions for several months as the filing makes its way through the process of bankruptcy. During this time, you can seek a loan modification or other solution to the problem of your mortgage. It is critical that you get legal representation from a Marietta bankruptcy attorney to answer your questions with regard to this very important issue. Our firm will assist you in determining how to best move forward in resolving serious debt and mortgage problems.
Does filing bankruptcy get rid of all my debt?
Not all types of debt can be liquidated or discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. However, it will get rid of many kinds of debt to varying degrees. For example filing does not allow you to discharge recent taxes, student loans, child support and alimony and also some types of court fees and fines. Nevertheless, you can fully discharge credit card debt and overdue medical bills as well as many other types of debts. This can make paying the ineligible bills easier, since you will have so much more cash available if you are no longer paying a large number of your outstanding debts. If you still owe on your car or home, we can probably help you find solutions to help you keep this property when you talk to us, depending upon your circumstances.
What is the difference between a secured and unsecured debt?
There are two primary types of debt – secured and unsecured. A secured debt refers to something that is secured by a form of property that serves as collateral; in these cases, the creditor can claim the property to pay off the debt. For example, a mortgage and a car loan are secured debts because the property, the house or car, could be reclaimed. On the other hand, medical bills and credit card debt are unsecured debts because there is no property that could be taken.
How often am I allowed to file for bankruptcy?
Many people have the misconception that you are only allowed to file bankruptcy one time throughout your entire life. However, while you do have to wait between filings, you can technically file multiple times. If you filed Chapter 7 the first time, you will need to wait 8 years until you can file Chapter 7 again and 4 years to file Chapter 13. If you filed Chapter 13 the first time, you need to wait 2 years before you can file Chapter 13 again and 6 years before you are permitted to file Chapter 7.
Will creditors continue to contact me after I file?
As soon as you have filed, what is known as the automatic stay will protect you. Therefore, creditors will immediately need to cease any and all collection efforts against you. If they continue to make efforts to contact and collect, just alert them, in writing, about the bankruptcy petition. After that, if they still continue, you may have grounds to pursue legal action.
Should I file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?
Both chapters can offer benefits. Moreover, the benefits will vary depending on your circumstances. Therefore, there is no blanket answer as to which is the “better” option as it is based on many different factors. For example, if you do not have enough disposable income to pay off your creditors, you may be best suited for Chapter 7. However, if you have a lot of valuable assets and property you aren’t willing to risk in liquidation, you might be better suited for Chapter 13.
Won't bankruptcy ruin my credit for years?
Factually, if you find yourself contemplating bankruptcy, you probably already have an issue with your credit, or soon will. The advantage of filing is that you NO LONGER OWE many of your debts, and they will show a $0 balance on your credit report. Since such a large number of Marietta residents have filed for bankruptcy, it no longer has the stigma it once did. Additionally, credit card companies usually begin making offers within a few months after the bankruptcy. Usually, they offer high-interest and low credit limit cards, but even so, carefully managing your financial situation after bankruptcy can finally result in a repaired credit standing over time.
I got a notice that my wages are going to be garnished. Is there anything I can do about it?
When you file, there is an immediate halt to garnishments on your paycheck. Through the bankruptcy process, the outstanding debt will be sorted out and you will have access to your whole paycheck. Stopping wage garnishment is one form of relief you can experience after filing.
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Unfortunately, we've just had so very much going on for the past year and so delayed posting this review. However, we definitely want to make sure and give credit when credit is due! Ms. Hong represented us in a legal matter last May 2017. We found her to be Extremely Professional, Compassionate and Understanding to our situation. What we found even more impressive though was how she was friendly and cordial when necessary, and then so stringent on our behalf with the opposition in Court. We very much admired her tenacity ! Thank you so much for big there when we needed representation . We highly recommend this law firm for all of your legal needs. Steller Service!read more
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Mr. Blevins is hands down the best DUI Attorney in Cobb. He was very in tune with my case and proved I was Not guilty of both counts. I went home as a free man because of Blevins. He's well respected in the court house and if you are charged with a DUI I would stop looking and call his office. I had hired an attorney @ first and ended up dropping him and going with Blevins because of a friends recommendations and I am so glad I did because there is a big difference and you don't want to put your life's hands into the WRONG attorney. Thank you Mr. Blevinsread more
I highly recommend attorney Richard Blevins for helping our family in a time of great need. My son was facing 12 months prison time over a tv from a domestic partnership. Mr. Blevins kept us together as a family and we could not feel more blessed. If it wasn’t for his knowledge and insight with the law, and justice, I don’t know what we would’ve done! We can now rest knowing that there is an excellent attorney like Mr. Blevins! I would give him ten stars if I could , thank you so much!!read more
Richard Blevins has been soooo crucial in helping my family in legal issues weve encountered.
He's unlike any other laywer that we have dealt with and I assure you will be well represented with him on your team. He is the MAN!!read more
Soo hong is an amazing lawyer she made sure I was comfortable with the whole situation, made me aware what the possibilities were as each step was taken, and kept me informed of any changes in the case. Such a friendly soul I would highly recommend her services.read more
Excellent! Ms. Hong did a wonderful job helping me out with my DUI case. She was very communative and answered all of my emails promptly. She reassured me when I needed it to not be stressed out over my case that she would handle it. And she did. I would highly recommend her. Very pleased with Ms.Hong and the outcome she got for me.read more
Soo Hong did a wonderful job on my case. I always felt like my information was safe with her, which is a very important quality in a lawyer. My case was a tough one, and she ensured that we got the best possible outcome. There was even a point in time in which I felt insecure about my case and the process, and Soo was quick to reassure me that everything would be fine. She really seemed to care about my mental and physical health, which made me feel like I had chosen the right one to have on my side. Soo was always professional and quick with replying, and I never felt lost in the court system although it was my first time getting in trouble. Without her, I would not be in the position I am today. I am healthier, happier, and overall wiser since she helped me out. There is nothing more that she could have done to make me feel comfortable. She is not the typical lawyer whatsoever. She is caring, compassionate, and very intelligent. You will not regret hiring her.read more
Mr. Blevins is an excellent attorney. He immediately began working on my case, answered all of my questions. He is very informative, he never misses a call and always responds to emails. He walked me through my case, every step of the way. I highly recommend him to anyone.read more
Richard Blevins is an extremely knowledgeable attorney in Marietta. He successfully handled my case with ease and made it a simple and stress-free process for myself. In addition, I am pleased with the outcome of the case and couldn't have done it without Richard. Definitely recommend!!!read more
Ms Soo Hong is an excellent attorney, she helped with my case quickly and without any complications. She handled it with ease and stress-free process for me and my spouse. She followed through with everything and very communicative . I highly recommend Blevins & Hong, PCread more
Great job on their part. Got everything that was unfairly charged dropped without having to burn pre trial diversion or anything of the sort. Timely response and efficient service. Definitely recommendread more
Ms. Hong was wonderful, she let me know exactly what to expect and what she needed from me. She put me totally at ease & I could not have been happier with the outcome. I would call her again if I ever needed help with a traffic case.read more
Mr. Blevins is a great attorney, best you can get for Cobb County, he handled my issue with care and attentiveness. Resolved my issue with the best possible outcome! Thank you sir! DEFINITELY RECOMMENDread more