Entries by Michael H. Raichelson

California Homeowners Bill of Rights

Prior to 2013, many homeowners faced uncharted waters when it came to foreclosure.  While most of those problems still persist, to ensure fair lending and borrowing practices for homeowners, California passed the California Homeowners Bill of Rights, which guarantees fairness and transprency for homeowners in the foreclosure process.  Below are a portion of the new […]

Bankruptcy Meeting of Creditors

Once you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are given a 341(a) meeting of creditors hearing date. This date is very important! It is not an actual court hearing where you go into a courtroom and a judge sees you. The meeting of creditors is also not a room filled with all […]

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Stopping a Foreclosure – The Automatic Stay

Clients facing foreclosure or repossession need immediate relief to stop the foreclosure or repossession.  When you file a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, the automatic stay is triggered.  This is the immediate relief that is needed in that the automatic stay stop most creditors from continuing with collection activities, such as filing or continuing lawsuits, […]

Income Taxes can be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Most people do not know they can discharge debts for federal income taxes in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, however there are exceptions. If all of the following conditions are met, income taxes may be discharged: 1. The taxes are from unpaid income taxes from filed tax returns. You must have filed a tax return for the debt […]