As with most issues, the answer to this question is it depends. Income is a huge factor in budgeting. Before your free bankruptcy consultation, attorney Marcia Moellring requests clients fill out a budget worksheet. This allows her to analyze a person’s specific situation and determine if bankruptcy is an appropriate option. Some people can be helped by prioritizing their income distribution or finding ways to cut back expenses. If a creditor action is severe, a chapter 13 repayment bankruptcy … [Read more...]
A word about our office
We would like to share exciting news about a change to our office. Lessons learned during the pandemic are that we can serve both our Illinois and Missouri clients in Quincy and through remote means. We have taken the plunge and consolidated our Hannibal and Quincy offices to one location in Quincy. We have expanded our Quincy office footprint while still representing clients in Hannibal and other Missouri communities. Currently, most bankruptcy hearings are being held telephonically and this … [Read more...]
Bankruptcy & Tax Refunds
Bankruptcy & Tax Refunds Each year, many people receive substantial tax refunds. If they are facing a lot of debt, they must decide whether using the tax refund to pay creditors will help them out of debt. If a debtor has one major creditor and can negotiate a payoff with the tax refund, this may be a good option. However, when a debtor has multiple creditors and paying one will not ease the debt burden, bankruptcy may be a better option. Some important factors when considering … [Read more...]
How did these medical bills get out of control?
Sometimes it's a catastrophic illness like cancer or a heart attack. Other times it's just high deductible insurance premiums or co-pays. Quite often, it is the combination of illness and missed work due to illness that prompts a medical bill problem. Whatever the cause, medical bills are one of the leading reasons why people file bankruptcy. Medical bills are unsecured debts – this means that there is no collateral for the debt. If you are unable to pay what the hospitals or doctors want … [Read more...]