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With tips on understanding -- and surviving -- the new bankruptcy lawsIf you're considering bankruptcy, you need straightforward answers and reliable advice. This handy guide covers it all -- so you...
With tips on understanding -- and surviving -- the new bankruptcy lawsIf you're considering bankruptcy, you need straightforward answers and reliable advice. This handy guide covers it all -- so you...
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  • With tips on understanding -- and surviving -- the new bankruptcy laws

    If you're considering bankruptcy, you need straightforward answers and reliable advice. This handy guide covers it all -- so you can get your finances in line and your life back on track. This updated new edition covers everything you need to know about the new bankruptcy law and includes even better resources. Don't get desperate -- get out of debt instead!

    Discover how to

  • Weigh the consequences of bankruptcy
  • Manage your spending
  • Find professional help you can trust
  • Decide on the right type of bankruptcy
  • Pass the means test
  • Keep more of your stuff
About the Author-
  • James P. Caher, a practicing attorney with 30 years of experience, is a nationally recognized expert on consumer bankruptcies and authority on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

    Jim coauthored, with his brother John, Debt Free! Your Guide to Personal Bankruptcy Without Shame (Henry Holt, 1996) and two highly regarded books for lawyers: Discharging Marital Obligations in Bankruptcy (LRP, 1997) and Discharging Credit Card Debts in Bankruptcy (LRP, 1998).

    In addition, Jim has published scores of articles for bankruptcy professionals and is frequently called upon to analyze and interpret the complicated provisions of the 2005 bankruptcy law. He was labeled the "online guru" by a national legal weekly because of his regular appearances on the Internet as an expert analyst on bankruptcy law. Jim also serves on the editorial board of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

    Jim graduated from Niagara University and then earned his law degree from Memphis State University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the field of debtor-creditor relations. He filed his first consumer bankruptcy case shortly after graduating in 1975. Jim lives and practices in Eugene, Oregon.
Table of Contents-
  • Introduction 1

    Part I: Bankruptcy: The Big Picture 7

    Chapter 1: Considering Bankruptcy 9

    Chapter 2: Stopping the Bleeding 27

    Chapter 3: Meeting the Players 47

    Chapter 4: Deciding Which Type of Bankruptcy Is Best for You 57

    Chapter 5: Confronting the Means Test 69

    Chapter 6: Getting from Here to There: The Bankruptcy Process 91

    Part II: Avoiding Bankruptcy 115

    Chapter 7: Considering Alternatives to Bankruptcy 117

    Chapter 8: Handling Bill Collectors 135

    Chapter 9: Negotiating with the IRS 145

    Part III: Keeping Your Stuff 153

    Chapter 10: Understanding Which Assets Are Off Limits to Creditors 155

    Chapter 11: Dealing with Secured Debts 173

    Chapter 12: Saving Your Home 183

    Part IV: Getting Rid of (Most of) Your Debt 199

    Chapter 13: Lingering Obligations 201

    Chapter 14: A House of Cards: Wiping Out Credit-Card Debts 215

    Chapter 15: Give unto Caesar: Using Bankruptcy to Deal with Tax Debts 223

    Chapter 16: The Devil Made Me Do It: Fines, Fraud, and Other Foibles 237

    Chapter 17: Till Debt Due Us Part: Bankruptcy and Divorce 247

    Chapter 18: Student Loans and Other Mind Games 257

    Part V: Strategies for a Successful Bankruptcy 271

    Chapter 19: Avoiding Troubles with Your Trustee 273

    Chapter 20: Living on the Edge in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy 283

    Part VI: Enjoying Your Fresh Start 305

    Chapter 21: Repairing Your Credit 307

    Chapter 22: Staying Out of Financial Trouble 319

    Part VII: The Part of Tens 327

    Chapter 23: Ten Common Bankruptcy Mistakes 329

    Chapter 24: Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Ease Your Financial Woes 333

    Chapter 25: Ten Common Questions about Bankruptcy 337

    Appendix: Homestead Exemption Laws 343

    Index 347

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