Recent Foreclosure Settlement: How Does it Affect Wisconsin? On behalf of Debt Advisors, S.C. A recent settlement with the State Attorney General of Wisconsin and 48 other states looked like a light at the end of the tunnel for homeowners who face foreclosure or went through a foreclosure from 2008 to 2011. However, officials are…

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Undoubtedly, Wisconsin residents are familiar with the difficult financial times our country has been experiencing. Many individuals experiencing financial hardship are filing for bankruptcy and facing home foreclosure. The economic crisis has also resulted in an epidemic of foreclosure fraud taking place across the country and here in Wisconsin. As the home foreclosure rate increased…

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Wrongful Foreclosures: Reincarnated Mortgages Rising from the Dead In recent years, American homeowners have had to become ever more familiar with strategies to stop foreclosure and creditor harassment, especially families facing overwhelming medical bills or a loss of income due to unemployment. Many have taken action through loan modifications or refinancing to lower monthly payments…

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People struggling with mortgage payments and other debt have several options to help stop foreclosures and other debt-collection actions. By filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, for example, an automatic stay is instated, stopping any foreclosure proceedings and blocking creditors’ attempts to collect money. An experienced bankruptcy attorney can advise people as to which option is…

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Two Bills May Reclassify Student Loans On behalf of Debt Advisors, S.C. Many former students experiencing financial difficulties must choose between paying for basic living expenses (such as food and rent) and their student loans. They commonly defer their payments to avoid default, but this does not prevent interest from accruing on the loan and…

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Mortgage Modification Mediation Program The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin employs a Mortgage Modification Mediation Program (MMMP). Chapter 13 debtors are able to take part in the mediation program and participation is voluntary. The goal of the program is to help debtors who are beginning the bankruptcy process obtain a timely…

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New Garnishment Rules Aim To Protect Social Security Benefits On behalf of Debt Advisors, S.C. What is Wage Garnishment? Wage garnishment is a legal remedy that allows a creditor to take money directly from a bank account or you paycheck. If the creditor sues you to collect a debt and wins a court judgment against…

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With a Tough Economy, Bankruptcy Helps Many Out of Economic Troubles Continuing an upward trend since 2007, bankruptcy filings in Wisconsin continued to climb in 2010. In fact, for the last decade, the number of bankruptcies filed last reached a level only second to the number of filings in 2005. In 2005, the number of…

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Wisconsin Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Rise Although the United States is now said to be out of the “Great Recession,” bankruptcy filings continue to rise nationwide. According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, “bankruptcy filings rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2010.” In fact, there was a 9.4 percent increase in national bankruptcy filings in…

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Most people do not consider bankruptcy the best option-at first. But for many in Wisconsin, the debt elimination offered by Chapter 7 or the structured repayment plans offered by Chapter 13 can be a real life-saver. Even if you’re scared of bankruptcy due to old stereotypes, it’s good practice to get advice from the experts.…

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