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Three Tips for After Bankruptcy

The personal bankruptcy attorneys at Canterbury Law Group help clients begin a fresh financial future. Not only can the law team at Canterbury help you successfully navigate through bankruptcy, they can also assist with creating a sound financial afterlife.

Here are three tips for those who are ready to improve their financial status:

Regroup – Once your bankruptcy case has been discharged, reflect on your past financial journey. Ask yourself questions that will help you create a better financial afterlife in the wake of bankruptcy, including:

  • How did I get here?
  • What could I have done differently?
  • And what have I learned from all of this?

Create a Realistic Budget and Pay Bills on Time – After bankruptcy, you must become vigilant about your finances. Even if you haven’t created a budget in the past, now is the time to get serious about doing so. Your budget will act as your spending plan, helping you to manage cash flow and preventing you from creating unnecessary debt. Make it a priority to pay all your current bills in a timely manner. Set up automatic bill payments, and remember to pay your rent on time since rent payments are now being tracked by the credit bureaus.

Pick a Credit Card That Will Help You Rebuild Credit – A key strategy to rebuilding your credit rating after bankruptcy is to obtain a secured credit card. With a secured card, you deposit a given amount of money, such as $500, into a bank account and that $500 becomes your credit limit. By charging small amounts each month and repaying your debts as agreed, you can gradually rebuild your credit.

If you have questions about your finances and / or bankruptcy, call Canterbury Law Group today to schedule a consultation. 480-744-7711.

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Illegal Practices Commonly Associated with Debt Buying

“Debt buying” affects millions of Americans and takes place when large companies buy and sell billions of dollars of debt. Credit card companies, hospitals, personal loan companies, banks and other lenders regularly sell and resell debt – and this may include debt that you owe.

For example, if you open a Visa account with a local bank and eventually stop repaying on your loan, the credit card company terminates your account and starts sending collection letters. The credit card company may decide to sell your debt for cash. Depending on how delinquent the debt is, a debt buyer may pay only 4 or 5 cents on the dollar. Your debt will then be packaged along with other similar debt and sold in bulk to a debt buyer at this discounted rate. The debt buyer will then attempt to collect the debt by calling you or the buyer may retain a lawyer and sue you.

Debt buying is legitimate as long as the debt buyer follows the rules. Debt buyers also realize that most consumers do not know the rules so the debt buyers often take advantage of a consumer’s limited knowledge.

Some debt buyers practice illegal tactics including:

  • Repeated collection calls that violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ban on harassment and after hours calls
  • Misleading consumer into consenting to autodialed calls
  • Failure to respond to consumer disputes of debt
  • Farming debt to law firms for litigation without appropriate documentation
  • Threatening consumers with lawsuits for debts where the statute of limitations has run
  • Collecting on debt where the debt buyer has no documentation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is starting to go after debt buyers who pursue illegal practices. For example, the CFPB recently imposed a $79 million penalty against to large debt buyers – Encore Capital Group and Portfolio Recovery Associates.

The bankruptcy attorneys at Canterbury Law Group are uniquely qualified to represent you in your debt related litigation. If you’re experiencing actions from debt buyers that may be illegal, call us today to schedule your consultation. 480-744-7711

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3 Steps to Take Before Filing For Scottsdale Bankruptcy

At Canterbury Law Group, our Scottsdale bankruptcy attorneys are top industry experts. We represent clients through the entire bankruptcy process and, although all cases are unique, the end goal of bankruptcy is always a fresh financial start.

Here are three tips for people that are starting to think about bankruptcy.

  • Gather documents. You must start collecting financial documents for your attorney. Obtain a record of debt including credit card bills, unpaid medical bills, loan statements, etc. Also locate any documentation on assets you currently hold and monthly income statements.
  • Find a qualified legal team. Filing for bankruptcy is a complicated process and a simple mistake can be detrimental to your case. Make sure you have a legal team that is experienced, understands your goals and can get the job done. Many law firms offer a complimentary first-time consultation or cut-rate deals. Generally speaking, uou get what you pay for. Instead, call Canterbury Law Group today to schedule your appointment.
  • Better your financial habits. You need to make sure you improve your financial life after your file bankruptcy. Educate yourself by reading books, reviewing financial websites and seeking out professional guidance. Obtain a secured credit card or personal loan to start building up your credit but remember that you may have to wait some time before you can be approved for a secured credit card.

As authorities in the legal industry, the bankruptcy counsel at Canterbury Law Group was uniquely formed to provide no-nonsense legal counsel for personal and business bankruptcy cases. The team’s attention, experience and sophistication allows for innovative resolutions that generate positive client results.

Put time on your side and consult on your possible bankruptcy sooner than later. Our legal team is ready to represent you in your Scottsdale business bankruptcy case. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation. 480-744-7711.

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Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Scottsdale

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one of the most common types of bankruptcy. Filing bankruptcy in Scottsdale can be a very intricate and overwhelming process, so the dedicated law team at Canterbury Law strives to help clients every step of the way.

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing provides immediate relief for those who are struggling with unsecured debt such as medical bills, credit card debt and certain tax debt. It is a valid means of resetting your financial life and getting back on track with your finances. Chapter 7 provides individuals with a discharge of all debts that are “dischargeable” under the Bankruptcy Code. Notably, some debt, like child support obligations and student loans are, for the most part, non-dischargeable.

It is wise to work with experienced legal counsel when trying to negotiate the complex process of filing for Chapter 7. The law team at Canterbury Law in Scottsdale has experience with the most intricate bankruptcy cases.

Stopping Collections Actions – After filing for Chapter 7, all collections activities from creditors will go through an automatic stay, or stop. Approximately four months after your filing, you will receive a Chapter 7 discharge, which will release you from personal liability on most debts and prevent creditors from contacting you regarding these discharged debts.

Qualifying for Chapter 7 Protection – A means test is needed to qualify for Scottsdale Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. If your current monthly income is below the adjusted median income in Arizona, you automatically pass the test. If you do not meet these initial requirements, you must pass a secondary means test that deducts expenses to determine if you qualify.

It is important to have an experienced Scottsdale bankruptcy lawyer to help guide you through this filing bankruptcy. The bankruptcy lawyers at Canterbury Law will counsel you to help settle your debt and start fresh with your finances.

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