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From attorney Kevin Chern, covering the Bankruptcy Code.

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Start Fresh Today to Launch New Website in May 2012

Posted on April 19, 2012
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Start Fresh Today to Sponsor and Exhibit at Annual NACBA Conference in San Antonio, Texas

Posted on April 10, 2012
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact Kelly Arduz Start Fresh Today (954) 377-9330 karduz@startfreshtoday.com FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, – Start Fresh Today, one of the nation's largest providers of federally-required consumer bankruptcy courses, will be in San Antonio, Texas for the...


Start Fresh Today to Sponsor Annual NACBA Conference in San Antonio

Posted on March 23, 2012
Start Fresh Today to Sponsor Annual NACBA Conference in San Antonio Start Fresh Today is excited to announce that we will be in San Antonio, Texas from April 26- April 29, 2012 for the 20th Annual NACBA Conference at...


Start Fresh Today and LegalPRO Systems, Inc. form Strategic Partnership to Deliver Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Courses

Posted on January 27, 2012
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact Stephanie Tolley Start Fresh Today (954) 377-9368 phone stolley@startfreshtoday.com Start Fresh Today® and LegalPRO Systems, Inc. form Strategic Partnership to Deliver Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Courses Integration Provides Expanded, Single-Source Access to...


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Racial Disparity in the Consumer Bankruptcy System

Posted on January 23, 2012
Are African-Americans not getting the "fresh start" they deserve when filing for bankruptcy? According to a new study entitled "Race, Attorney Influence, and Bankruptcy Chapter Choice," by Jean Braucher of the University of Arizona and Dov Cohen and Robert Lawless,...


Milwaukee Judge Cites Bankruptcy Preparer for Contempt

Posted on January 13, 2012
The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel's Cary Spivak reported on the latest ruling cracking down on the 'hotbed for bankruptcy petition preparers' that is Milwaukee. Chief Bankruptcy Judge Pamela Pepper cited Jennell McKinley for contempt of court and will be facing...


2011 Personal Bankruptcies Down 12%. 2012 Expectations???

Posted on January 12, 2012
According to a new report from Fitch Ratings, 2011 personal bankruptcy filings declined by 12% to 1.35 million from the year earlier. It was the first decline in four years, possibly resulting from somewhat improved economic conditions and decreased....


New Maryland Rules Require More Proof in Debt Collection Cases

Posted on January 04, 2012
When a debt collection company or buyer shows up in District Court, they are usually just going by a person's name, last known address and Social Security number to obtain a judgment against that person. Reacting to a flood...


Ho, Ho, ...Hum? Make the Most of Your Holiday Downtime

Posted on December 13, 2011
You're stuck at the office but things have slowed to a crawl. The phone's not ringing and you've already updated your Facebook page. What to do? The Legal Intelligencer has a great post by Neen James with some great tips...


Surrendering Property in a Chapter 13 Plan

Posted on December 07, 2011
In the past, our firm, Acclaim Legal Services, mainly filed Chapter 13 bankruptcies to stop foreclosure sales and give borrowers the opportunity to cure outstanding mortgage arrearages. More and more, we are seeing clients choosing to surrender their property under...


Courts Take Action on Bankruptcy Preparers

Posted on December 05, 2011
A recent editorial by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel focused on how too many bankruptcy petition preparers are going well beyond what is allowed under the law and hurting poor petitioners in the process. Urban areas have no shortage of...


Homeland Soldiers Get Extended Bankruptcy Assistance

Posted on December 01, 2011
On November 29, H.R. 2192: National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Act of 2011 was overwhelmingly passed in the House 407-1. The law will extend the exemption for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption...


Bankruptcy Code on the Go - Free

Posted on November 28, 2011
Do you have an Amazon Kindle or similar E-Reader? Maybe now's the time to add one to your Christmas or Hanukkah list. The University of Illinois College of Law has assembled the full U.S. Bankruptcy Code from public domain...


Start Fresh Today is a Hit at NACBA in Colorado Springs

Posted on November 01, 2011
Last week, Start Fresh Today made its way from the sunny beaches of South Florida to the crisp mountain air of Colorado Springs for the NACBA Fall Workshop. The three-day event was held at the beautiful and luxurious Broadmoor Hotel...


Outstanding Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

Posted on October 19, 2011
With students needing a college education and workers seeking retraining both hoping to land a decent job, the amount of student loans taken out last year passed $100 billion for the first time last year and total outstanding loans...


Florida Foreclosure Process Delayed by Bankruptcy Trustees?

Posted on October 18, 2011
The real estate website MortgageOrb is reporting that a Florida provider of default legal services is sounding the alarm on a new bankruptcy practice that he says could delay the foreclosure process in the state. According to an announcement...


Absolute Priority Rule No Longer Applies Under BAPCPA

Posted on October 17, 2011
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Bankruptcies Drop As Consumers Still Struggle

Posted on October 05, 2011
The September 2011 American Bankruptcy Institute report showed fewer individuals filed for bankruptcy protection in September holding back on spending, household debt and other borrowing. But while U.S. consumers are making their credit card payments on time, delinquencies grew...


Personal Property May Apply to Homestead Exemption

Posted on October 03, 2011
A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the homestead exemption applies to proceeds from personal property sold with a debtor's house unless the money was segregated from the sale or was used to pay off...


Top Five Celebrity Bankruptcies

Posted on September 14, 2011
The legal humor blog Bitter Lawyer just came out with their five favorite celebrity bankruptcies of all time. Surprisingly, it's not the recent slew of athletes, pop stars and 'real' housewives who made the list, but real American icons...


More College Grads Filing for Bankruptcy

Posted on September 13, 2011
Historically, the typical personal bankruptcy filer has been low-income and under-educated. But over the past five years, financial distress has affected more and more people with college degrees. According to a new study by a financial nonprofit, the rate...


NY Times on Relief for Student Debtors

Posted on August 29, 2011
An editorial was featured in the Saturday, August 27 edition of the New York Times which examined possible legislation allowing private school student loans dischargeable through bankruptcy. Since the start of the recession, record numbers of Americans have enrolled...


Your Government Prefers Chapter 13

Posted on August 26, 2011
Blog writer Katie Porter has written an interesting article about how the uscourts.gov website 'promotes' Chapter 13 as a preferable choice for bankruptcy. Consumers doing their own research on bankruptcy might see this as some type of conspiracy. What...


Bankruptcy Filings Drop Due To Apathy

Posted on August 18, 2011
Throughout the year, we've seen the reports on the decrease in consumer bankruptcies each quarter in 2011. But with the economy still in the toilet for most Americans, is the decrease really because things are getting better? Or is...


9th Circuit Court Cramdown Ruling "Just Right" with Car Owner

Posted on August 12, 2011
In a recent article by Chip Giambrone of WestLaw Journal Bankruptcy, he writes about a novel decision by a California-based federal appeals court to allow a Chapter 13 debtor to 'cram down' the negative equity in her auto loan...


Consumer Bankruptcies Overtake Small Business Bankruptcies in Q2 2011

Posted on July 29, 2011
In a recent, nationwide study on small business and consumer bankruptcies, Equifax identified some interesting trends that pose questions about the future direction of an economic recovery. While small business bankruptcy petitions have consistently decreased since Q2 2009, the...


Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Responsibilities and Remuneration

Posted on July 27, 2011
The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee is meeting this morning to hear testimony regarding increasing compensation for Bankruptcy Trustees. According to testimony by Robert C. Furr, a past President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT), it has been...


Trapped in the Closet Chapter 7 or 13?

Posted on July 26, 2011
Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R & B singer R. Kelly, is facing foreclosure on his home in Olympia Fields, Illinois. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank filed the $2.9 million foreclosure suit against R. Kelly last month. It appears...


Is the Drop in Consumer Bankruptcies Just a Lull?

Posted on July 18, 2011
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Will Consumer Debt Load Increase New Bankruptcies?

Posted on July 12, 2011
Fortune Magazine's Scott Cendrowski has an enlightening look on where we stand at the midway point of 2011. Individual bankruptcies are falling. But that doesn't say much for the U.S. consumer, who's still supported by record government stimulus. Before...


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