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The Law Office Of Barry R. Levine – Bankruptcy, Beverly

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The Law Office Of Barry R. Levine – Bankruptcy, Beverly

Wooden blocks spell 'MANAGE' and 'DEBT' on a surface, symbolizing effective handling of financial obligationsIn this article, you can discover:

  • How legal firms assist in deciding between bankruptcy and creditor negotiations.
  • The complexities and risks involved in defending a debt.
  • Why understanding the reality of debt settlement companies is crucial for financial decisions.

How Will Your Firm Help Debtors Determine Whether Filing For Bankruptcy Or Negotiating With Creditors Is The Best Course Of Action?

Our firm specializes in guiding debtors through the intricate decision-making process regarding bankruptcy filing versus creditor negotiations. Often, clients come with a predetermined mindset about bankruptcy. For instance, I recall a case where a client intended to file for bankruptcy due to mortgage issues, only to have those issues resolved through a mortgage modification. While such resolutions are not our primary focus, we adapt to each unique situation to provide the best possible outcome for our clients.

Can An Attorney Defend A Debt?

Defending a debt is a complex matter. Typically, by the time a debtor faces litigation, especially from collection companies, the situation is quite advanced. I often offer a pro se answer preparation service to clients facing lawsuits. This means the client responds on their own behalf, which is more cost-effective than attorney representation.

However, due to the aggressive nature of collection attorneys and the overwhelming legal demands they place on debtors, many clients eventually opt for bankruptcy. Ignoring creditors sometimes works, as debts may become unenforceable after a certain period, but this strategy carries significant risks.

Are There Incompetent Or Unequitable Debt Settlement Attorneys?

While I refrain from criticizing my peers, the field does have its share of less skilled practitioners. I’ve encountered cases where debt settlement attorneys need to provide more accurate advice or understand complex concepts like mortgage discharge in bankruptcy. An example involves a client who mistakenly believed that his mortgage was discharged along with his debt, only to find the mortgage still existed years later. Misinformation and misunderstandings in debt settlement can lead to long-term complications for clients.

What Is The Reality Of Debt Settlement Companies?

Debt settlement companies aim to negotiate and reduce debts, while debt consolidation involves combining multiple debts into a single loan. While these approaches may seem appealing, they often involve using secured assets like home equity to settle unsecured debts, which can be problematic.

For instance, in Massachusetts, home equity is typically exempt from bankruptcy proceedings. Using this exempt equity to settle debts, which could otherwise be discharged in bankruptcy, is not always the wisest financial decision. Clients need to carefully weigh the long-term implications of using secured assets to settle unsecured debts.

What Are Some Examples Of Misguided Debt Settlement Strategies?

Over the years, I’ve witnessed numerous instances where debt settlement strategies have backfired. One notable example involves a plumbing company struggling with IRS debt. The owners repeatedly used equity from their homes to settle the debt, only to find themselves in deeper financial trouble, eventually leading to bankruptcy and the loss of a home. This case highlights the risks of encumbering personal assets to settle business debts, especially without a clear, sustainable plan to manage future financial obligations.

For more information on Negotiating A Debt With Creditors, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (978) 922-8440 today.

Barry R. Levine

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