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Bankruptcy Attorneys Denver CO

The reasons for filing for personal bankruptcy vary amongst individuals but the laws and policies surrounding bankruptcy remain the same. Hiring a bankruptcy attorney will ensure that an individual files the claim properly, protects their assets during this financial crisis, and gets on the right financial path all whilst remaining in-check with bankruptcy law and policy. Here you’ll find additional information on bankruptcy as well as local attorneys and providers that may help you with your financial decisions.

John Benjamin Wasserman
(303) 296-1999
1660 LINCOLN ST STE 2200
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Bankruptcy
Education
St. Louis University School of Law,Colorado College,Colorado College
State Licensing
Colorado

James Steven Bailey Jr
(303) 837-1660
1660 LINCOLN ST STE 3175
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Litigation, Bankruptcy, Antitrust, Class Action, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,University of North Dakota
State Licensing
Colorado

David V Wadsworth II
(303) 454-5443
1660 LINCOLN ST STE 2200
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Real Estate
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,Hampshire College
State Licensing
Colorado

Jason Alan Forman
(303) 894-4451
1700 LINCOLN ST STE 2400
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Equipment Finance, Landlord & Tenant, Banking, Bankruptcy, Construction
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
State Licensing
Colorado

Bart Burnett
(303) 298-1999
1775 Sherman, 31st Floor
Denver, CO
Specialties
Bankruptcy
State Licensing
Colorado

Richard B Rose
(303) 502-5010
1600 OGDEN ST
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Debt Collection, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury
Education
University of Denver College of Law,University of Denver
State Licensing
Colorado

Caroline Ann Fuller
(303) 830-2400
WELLS FARGO CENTER, 1700 LINCOLN ST STE 2400
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Commercial, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Debt Agreements, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of Texas School of Law,Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Colorado

Robin Kert Hunt
(303) 658-9146
802 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO
Specialties
Bankruptcy
Education
Saint Louis School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
Colorado

Robert Justin Driscoll
(303) 534-3233
455 Sherman St #110
Denver, CO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Immigration, Family, Bankruptcy
State Licensing
Colorado

Charles G Crosse IV
(303) 839-1137
1120 LINCOLN ST STE 1601
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Personal Injury, Car Accident, Business, Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Michigan Law School,Western Michigan University
State Licensing
Colorado

Should I declare bankruptcy?

Gary Foreman

Gary,

My husband and I got married quite young, made some unwise financial decisions and ended up in debt (some credit card, some personal loans) with a grand total of $24,000. My husband has worked very hard over the years, sometimes 3 jobs at a time, trying to make ends meet. We have gone through credit counseling and a consumer proposal. We are the parents of 3 young children and have had to choose between paying our bills, so we wouldn't go bankrupt, or buying groceries.

After many years of trying, we feel that we have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy. We honestly would like to do anything else, but we feel that this is our only alternative.

Exhausted in Sudbury

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, the typical filer has about 1.5 times their annual salary in short-term, high interest debts (like credit cards and personal loans). About 2/3 of the those filing say that they have lost a job and about 1/2 have faced a serious health problem.

Canadian and U.S. bankruptcy law are fairly similar. There's a national law that authorizes bankruptcy and then state or provincial law determines things like what property you can keep through a bankruptcy.

Basically, a bankruptcy discharges certain debts and says that the creditor is no longer entitled to repayment. The purpose is to allow the debtor to get a fresh start and creditors to get an equitable distribution of any assets.

Just because debts are eliminated doesn't mean that the slate is wiped completely clean. Debts discharged in bankruptcy will appear in your credit history. In Canada they will remain for 6 years. In the U.S. the bankruptcy will appear for 10 years.

There are also some debts that a bankruptcy won't eliminate. In both the U.S. and Canada back taxes, alimony, child support, and student loans are not discharged. Canadian student loans can be discharged 10 years after graduation.

OK, now let's look at Exhausted's question. When is it time to throw in the towel and file for bankruptcy?

Exhausted is correct. Bankruptcy should only be used when the other alternatives have failed. When minimum monthly bills are more than the family can pay, the first step is to contact the creditors and ask for a payment plan. If that doesn't provide enough breathing room, it's time to contact a qualified credit counseling agency. They can negotiate the interest rates down.

Neither of those steps will reduce the amount owed. It will only cut interest rates and create a more livable payment plan.

Sometimes, that's not enough. If a credit counselor can't work out a plan to pay off your debts in less than five years, then it's time to consider something more drastic.

In Canada a debtor can file a 'consumer proposal'. It brings in a trustee and asks for a reduction of the amount owed and/or the interest rates charged. The debtor makes payments per the plan. At the end of the plan remaining debts are discharged. Credi...

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Your Consumer Rights

Terry Rigg

If you have ever fallen behind on your debts you already know that dealing with your creditors can be a hassle. Sometimes it can be downright humiliating. It doesn't have to be that way.

With millions of people experiencing financial problems it is absolutely necessary for everyone to know and understand their rights as a consumer.

Federal law requires that you receive fair and equal treatment from businesses issuing credit. This law applies when they evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, and even leases.

The one area where I receive the most complaints are from individuals that are being harassed by debt collectors. These complaints range from debt collectors contacting their work and family members to being called names. All of these are a direct violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This article spells out exactly what your rights are as a consumer.

I have copied some areas of this article directly from the Federal Trade Commission's web site to ensure that the information is explained exactly as the law applies. These areas are identified.

The FDCPA lists the following guidelines that must be followed by all debt collectors:

(Copied from the Federal Trade Commission web site)

Debt collectors may contact you only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Debt collectors may not contact you at work if they know your employer disapproves.
Debt collectors may not harass, oppress, or abuse you.
Debt collectors may not lie when collecting debts, such as falsely implying that you have committed a crime.
Debt collectors must identify themselves to you on the phone. 
Debt collectors must stop contacting you if you ask them to in writing.

It also prohibits debt collectors from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices while collecting these debts. 

It is very important to keep a record of any contact you make with your creditors especially when there is a dispute or misunderstanding regarding your account. You should list the name and address of the company, date and time of the call, the name of the person you spoke with and the content of the call. I have developed a form that can be used for this purpose. 

Another important aspect of your consumer rights is Credit Reporting. Derogatory information in your Credit Report can have serious consequences. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that the information in your credit report is accurate and up to date.

There are numerous companies that offer "Free Credit Reports", however, you are obligated to sign up for their "Debt Monitoring Service" which usually costs about $80. You will receive a free credit report and if you cancel your monitoring service within 30 days it will cost you nothing. Your best bet is to order your credit report directly from a Credit Reporting Agency. It will only...

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