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Foreclosures Down Nationwide But Up in Maryland

By Robert J. Haeger |

Foreclosure is one of the things that people struggling with debt fear most.  The rate of home foreclosures spiked with a recession beginning in 2008 as people across the country dealt with overburdened home mortgages, but thankfully nationwide foreclosures have been on the decline in recent years.  A recent market report indicated that 2018… Read More »

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How Social Security Income Affects Bankruptcy

By Robert J. Haeger |

Many Americans with limited income receive Social Security benefits.  When faced with mounting debt, people may be concerned that exercising the option of bankruptcy will disrupt or end Social Security payments, leaving them with no source of income, or that their Social Security payments will disqualify them from bankruptcy.  Below we explain how Social… Read More »

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Maryland Court Clarifies Rules for Foreign Statutory Trusts

By Robert J. Haeger |

A recent decision from the Maryland Court of Appeals provided an unfortunate setback for opponents of wrongful foreclosure and debt collector abuse.  Learn more about the ruling on foreign statutory trusts, and contact a practiced, effective bankruptcy and mortgage abuse attorney with any questions or for help with debt relief. Foreign Trusts Move to… Read More »

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Obama-Era Rule to Relieve Student Debt Finally Goes Into Effect

By Robert J. Haeger |

A rule was passed in the last few months of the Obama administration that would allow expanded and expedited student loan forgiveness under certain circumstances.  The rule’s implementation was delayed by President Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, but it is now finally in effect.  Read on for details about the newly available student… Read More »

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Bankruptcy Stigma Fading As More Older Americans File

By Robert J. Haeger |

Americans aged 65 years and older are filing for personal bankruptcy in record numbers, according to recent studies.  While filing for bankruptcy is no one’s ideal scenario, it is a useful and common tool for individuals facing mounting credit card and other debt.  Continue reading for more about this trend among older Americans that… Read More »

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New Maryland Law Protects Against Abusive Lenders and Debt Collectors

By Robert J. Haeger |

A new Maryland law offers additional state regulation of lending and debt collection in order to protect consumers from predatory lending practices.  Most of the changes went into effect October 1, 2018, while some do not kick in until January 1, 2019.  Read on for details about the new law, the Financial Consumer Protection… Read More »

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Will I Lose My Car if I Declare Bankruptcy?

By Robert J. Haeger |

If you are considering bankruptcy, you may worry that you will lose your car in the process.  Losing a car can create a difficult disruption in your life and your ability to continue generating income following the bankruptcy.  Luckily, filing for bankruptcy does not automatically mean giving up your car, even if you have… Read More »

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Try These Simple Six Steps to Work on Your Debt

By Robert J. Haeger |

If you find yourself staring down an increasing amount of consumer debt, you may be overwhelmed at the prospect of paying it off. Sometimes you need an outside perspective on simple steps you can take to chip away at mounting debt before it grows out of control. Read on to learn about tips to… Read More »

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Perpetrators of Maryland Foreclosure Prevention Fraud Scheme Convicted

By Robert J. Haeger |

In a recent press release, the Maryland wing of the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the conviction in federal court of three executives of companies that offered fraudulent foreclosure prevention services.  Continue reading for details about the case, and if you are facing foreclosure, contact a genuine, experienced foreclosure defense attorney for help. Defendants create… Read More »

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CFPB Wins $21 Million Judgment Against Predatory Maryland Debt Relief Firms

By Robert J. Haeger |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently won a default judgment against two Maryland debt relief firms for misleading consumers about their debt-relief programs.  Read on to learn about the case, and if you are worried about the debt you face, seek the help of a legitimate and knowledgeable Maryland bankruptcy attorney to answer… Read More »