Tips on Navigating Marriage and Bankruptcy 

Admin on September 10, 2020 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, General Bankruptcy

Many people look at marriage as one of the momentous events in their life. If you or your fiancee is struggling with debt and debating whether to file bankruptcy, however, your situation can easily turn into a confusing one. You might even be wondering whether it is a good idea to file for bankruptcy or […]

Exceptions to the Automatic Stay

Admin on July 30, 2020 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, General Bankruptcy

An automatic stay is one of the critical parts of filing bankruptcy. The stay stops most collection efforts against a debtor as soon as that individual files for bankruptcy. These orders exist without the need for a court order. To give you a better idea of the role that the automatic stay plays in a […]

A Quick Guide to Bankruptcy Schedules

Admin on May 29, 2020 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, General Bankruptcy

If you are navigating the bankruptcy process, you have likely heard multiple people refer to bankruptcy schedules. Overwhelmed debtors are often confused about exactly what role schedules play in their bankruptcy process. Schedules are the primary forms that debtors rely on to provide their financial details, which play a vital role in navigating the bankruptcy […]

What Assets are Exempt in California Chapter 7 Bankruptcies?

Admin on March 15, 2020 Posted in Bankruptcy Law, Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Individuals in California who file for bankruptcy are often given a second chance at building a strong credit record. This does not come without a compromise, though. When Chapter 7 bankruptcy is involved, a person must often hand over a substantial amount of their estate in the process. A bankruptcy trustee then manages the estate […]

What to Ask Your Lawyer Before Filing for Bankruptcy

Admin on November 22, 2019 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Financial difficulties can leave you uncertain about what to do next. While bankruptcy is one of the best ways to take control of your finances, the bankruptcy process can be complex and intimidating for many, which is why the assistance of an experienced bankruptcy lawyer is necessary.    There are several important questions to ask […]

Understanding the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Means Test

Admin on March 15, 2019 Posted in Blog, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

While many people have heard of the bankruptcy “means test,” they are uncertain about what exactly this test includes. The means test is used to determine if a person’s income is low enough to qualify to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The purpose of this test is to block individuals with higher salaries from filing […]

IRAs and Bankruptcy

Admin on November 19, 2018 Posted in Bankruptcy Law, Blog, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, General Bankruptcy

When a client walks into the Bay area law offices of Melanie Tavare to discuss debt relief matters, one question that is often at the forefront of the client’s mind is asset protection. The client wants to know whether his or her assets will be protected during a bankruptcy. Often, the client will have worked […]

Debi Thomas

Admin on October 23, 2018 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

San Jose native Debi Thomas has an impressive resume. She was a pre-med and engineering student at Stanford University; she is a graduate of Northwestern Medical School; she was a trained orthopedic surgeon; she was an Olympic champion and bronze medal winner at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary; she became the first African-American woman […]

Reaffirmation Agreement

Admin on November 17, 2017 Posted in Bankruptcy Law, Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

There are features of Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy that are similar and some that are quite different. A significant similarity is the automatic stay under Section 362 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, or Code, wherein a bankruptcy filing stays, or stops, creditors from taking collection action against the debtor. When this […]

Divorce and Bankruptcy

Admin on October 26, 2017 Posted in Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Financial stress can take a toll on relationships. Those in the Bay area may remember a time when, typically, the husband worked a 9-5 job while the wife stayed at home and took care of the children and the house. They would go on family outings on weekends year round. Women who worked often provided […]