Bankruptcy filing – or the prospect of it – usually puts Wynn at Law LLC clients in full-out panic mode. One of the most alarming, last-ditch, hail-Mary ideas coming from this desperation is to cash out a retirement plan to avoid bankruptcy court. In some cases, people can ‘borrow’ against their company retirement plan, usually a 401(k). This is as dangerous as cashing out to cover the financial struggle.
Most of Wynn at Law, LLC’s bankruptcy clients face sudden situations that have them considering filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We’re talking about things like massive medical bills or sudden job loss. Finances can be a difficult balancing act at other times as well, so we put together a quick list of warning signs.
Wynn at Law, LLC sees a wide variety of bankruptcy clients. Young families and retirees. Executives and hourly wage earners. Men and women, with or without spouses. The common thread through our entire family of clients is that – when it comes to bankruptcy – managing finances became a problem. It may have been suddenly. It may be long in the making. Either way, credit counseling is an important required part of the path that most find beneficial. [read more]
The news we heard at Wynn at Law, LLC in February reported that Wisconsin bankruptcy filings last year were at their lowest level since 2007, before the recession. What does that mean to you? Absolutely nothing. Economists care about the number because it means more people are working (maybe) and more people are paying what they owe (probably).
It could also mean that more people in debt sought relief immediately after the mortgage crisis rather than waiting and struggling. There’s no shame in that. And there’s no shame in waiting until now to file if you’ve struggled trying to get caught up. About the only thing that fewer filings in 2016 means to you and me is that the bankruptcy judge may have a little less of a backlog of cases. Maybe. [read more]
Some of our Wynn at Law, LLC bankruptcy filing clients have such tremendous anxiety over the Section 341 meeting of creditors. They’ll imagine intimidation like in the photo. For some, it’s the hang up that keeps them from filing. For others, it’s the cause of more than a few sleepless nights. I put a lot of value in the statement that 90 percent of what you worry about never comes true. The creditor meeting falls into that category.
This meeting isn’t a hearing. It’s not even in a courtroom. You’re under oath of course. However, there isn’t a judge. Here’s the two-step for taking the terror out of the topic: [read more]
When Wynn at Law, LLC works with bankruptcy clients, we emphasize brutal honesty benefits them more than it would embarrass them. Bankruptcy isn’t meant to shame a debtor. It’s meant to help the debtor move out from under an unmovable mountain of bills. Honesty can be thought of as a carrot and stick.
The first way honesty benefits you is that full disclosure is required in the process. This isn’t negotiable. All debts. All assets. All income. You can’t intentionally hold something out or even omit something by accident. If the court or creditors find that you withheld debts or income, you may lose your bankruptcy discharge. [read more]
One bit of peace of mind my bankruptcy clients welcome as much as a fresh financial start is the Automatic Stay. Immediately upon Wynn at Law’s filing of your bankruptcy, creditors generally cannot continue the collection process. It’s quiet time at dinner time since the persistent calls usually come to a screeching halt. When you file, Attorney Shannon Wynn becomes the contact person for the creditor. [read more]
The U.S. Bankruptcy Code is nothing you have to learn. Wynn at Law, LLC studies it to offer you the best legal guidance for your particular situation. For example, we don’t provide tax advice, but for a bankruptcy filing you’re required to have income tax returns filed for the taxable period the year leading up to the date of your bankruptcy case. It’s a good idea to have four years of preceding income tax returns as well. [read more]
Maybe you don’t think it’s a problem. Maybe you don’t think it’s that big of a problem. (“It” being your financial situation) You’re falling behind on bills, making partial payments to creditors, and robbing Peter to pay Paul. But, it’s not that big of a deal. You’ll catch up soon, right? “Right” is most likely “Wrong” and you’ll realize you are wrong when it’s too late. You can fix the problem of rising debt before it grows out of control by knowing the signs. Elkhorn, Wisconsin bankruptcy lawyer, Shannon Wynn, lists 7 signs you’re living beyond your means. Read them below. [read more]
Our Union Grove bankruptcy lawyer, Shannon Wynn, noticed a trend this month. Quite a few people landed on our bankruptcy website from searching for the terms “Does Chapter 13 Stop WE Energies”, “Will Alliant Energy Disconnect in the Winter”, and other various search terms under this topic. In this post, Attorney Shannon Wynn wants to address this topic and offer some advice. [read more]