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What Does “Fresh Start” Mean in Bankruptcy?

In the 1934 case Local Loan Co. vs. Hunt, the United States Supreme Court stated that the bankruptcy process was intended to give honest but overwhelmed debtors a “new opportunity in life and a clear field for future effort, unhampered by the pressure and discouragement of preexisting debt.”  These words are an excellent -and still […]

Automatic Stays Simplified

When going through the bankruptcy process there are many things that you need to be aware of. For most people, one of the most important is the automatic stay that gets put in place. An automatic stay is a key point in US bankruptcy law that basically says that creditors (including collection agencies and even […]

What You Need to Know About the Means Test

Individuals who intend to file for bankruptcy have two options: a Chapter 7 filing or a Chapter 13 filing. Both of these types of bankruptcy aim to discharge your eligible debts in order to bring you financial freedom and peace, but they do so with different processes. Chapter 13 bankruptcy restructures your finances. You create […]

Financial Management for Small Businesses: Four Healthy Money Habits

Increasing your bottom line isn’t always about raising prices or bringing in new clients. A big part of a small business’s financial health that often gets overlooked is wisely managing the money you already have. Smart financial management can make a huge difference for your profit margins, so we recommend getting into these four healthy […]

How to Get Back into the System After Failure-to-File

Failing to file your tax returns is a serious (intentional or inadvertent) oversight that will assuredly get you attention from the IRS. However, failure-to-file is not an uncommon issue for many American taxpayers. If you have found yourself in this situation, know that you do have control over what happens next, but it will take […]

Four Bankruptcy Alternatives You Should Know About

When times are difficult financially, you may begin to feel a creeping fear that you will need to file for bankruptcy, either personally or for your business. It is important to understand that, while sometimes bankruptcy really is the best option, there are also some alternatives that you should consider first. In today’s blog post, […]

Understanding Wage Garnishments

If you are already anxious about your personal financial situation because of incurred debt and the constant calls from debt collectors, your stress could be exacerbated by wage garnishment. This practice, which can (usually) only occur after a court has so ordered it, is a situation in which creditors have secured a judgment that legally […]

What Happens If Your Bank Accounts Are Frozen After Bankruptcy

It’s a somewhat rare occurrence, but at times it does happen. What would you do if the bank froze your account after you filed for bankruptcy? Today we’re answering all of your questions about this undesirable possibility. Why would the bank freeze my account? There are a few reasons a bank might freeze your account […]

How a Divorce Can Impact Your Bankruptcy

If you’ve filed for bankruptcy, it’s not unlikely that tensions are running high at home. Relationship issues often come hand in hand with financial issues, and money trouble can really pull at any of the pre-existing little cracks in your marriage. Money is not only one of the biggest things couples argue about — it’s […]

4 Myths About Bankruptcy

When considering bankruptcy, it’s important to be sure that you have the facts straight! There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there regarding bankruptcy, from what it implies about the person filing, to how the process works. At Hedtke Law Group, we don’t want you to let the myths keep you from solving […]