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Lois

In 2012 the Utah State Bar Pro Bono Commission created a project called “The Learned Hand.” (Learned Hand is a legendary federal judge from New York). The program was designed to encourage Utah attorneys to take more pro-bono cases in … Continue reading

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The Bankruptcy Stigma

Walt Disney Filing for bankruptcy protection is not an easy thing to do. It seems to me that one of the biggest obstacles to people finally filing for bankruptcy is the social stigma attached to it. Many people think that … Continue reading

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Pre-Bankruptcy Asset Protection

“I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind” Snoop Dogg, circa 1996- (as quoted by the Yale Book of Quotations*) Every so often I will have a client in my office that is on the periphery … Continue reading

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Ahead of the Game

When your debt has begun to grow out of control, the worst thing you can do is simply ignore it. Almost always difficulty in repaying debt begins when a person’s income is cut. Whether its through a job loss, divorce, … Continue reading

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Judgments

In my experience one of the most pressing matters leading people into filing for bankruptcy is collection on judgments. A vast majority of people, when they receive mail that they don’t want to open, they throw directly to the dumpster. I … Continue reading

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Sharks

According to a study commissioned by the Utah Department of Financial Institutions, Utah pay day loan companies charged an average of 473.52 percent interest. “At least one Utah payday-loan company charged an astronomical 1,564 percent annual interest last year — meaning it collected … Continue reading

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A New Beginning

Most everyone has heard by now that the city of Detroit is going through bankruptcy. On December 3, 2013 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes held that the city of Detroit can move forward in reorganizing their financial affairs through the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” … Continue reading

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Protection

One of the primary reasons individuals, couples, and businesses file for bankruptcy is to receive protection from their creditors. Upon filing bankruptcy all creditors must stop every form of collection- whether it be foreclosure, repossession of property, wage garnishments, and … Continue reading

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Cram down for Clunkers

A few years ago the U.S. government established a program called ‘cash for clunkers.’ Essentially, the idea was to provide economic incentives to U.S. residents to purchase a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel-efficient vehicle.  The program was … Continue reading

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