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Stopping a foreclosure by filing for bankruptcy

Can a foreclosure sale in Massachusetts be stopped by a bankruptcy filing? Yes. The reason for this is that as soon as a person files a bankruptcy petition, all actions to collect a debt, including foreclosure auctions are halted by the automatic stay provided for in...

Removing a lien from real estate through bankruptcy

Liens on real estate can hold up closings and prevent refinancing. A lien secures a debt, much like a mortgage secures a loan. Liens can be created for unpaid taxes, services (e.g. a mechanic’s lien or water and sewer charges), or from a judgment in a lawsuit....

That Notice claiming you could owe $8,241 is not from IRS

The post card that my client received stated “Amount that could be do immediately: $8,241.00*.” If you received a similar postcard that looks like it came from the IRS with the alarming words “Intent to seize your property or rights to...

National Foreclosure Settlement claim website

If your home was in the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010, and you believe that your mortgage servicer’s actions cost you money, you have the right to have the process reviewed by a neutral third party.  If they find an error, you may be eligible for...

Unemployment is taxable; taxes and bankruptcy

Many people that I work with have received unemployment insurance at some point in 2012.   Since unemployment insurance is often a fraction of what their paycheck was, they often elect not to have taxes withheld from their weekly benefit. As a result, these taxes that...