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Bankruptcy is a process that helps thousands of people every single year. Even though bankruptcy is an effective, helpful process, there is still an intense stigma surrounding personal bankruptcy for many who haven’t experienced it or have not had someone close to them experience it.

While this stigma is unfortunate, we understand — debt is stressful, and the public narrative surrounding bankruptcy is misguided, so it makes sense that people might be deterred from trying it. That said, if you’re here, you’ve been wanting to learn more about bankruptcy and whether or not it’s something that is right for you.

The short, oversimplified answer to the question “Is Bankruptcy Right For Me” is yes if you qualify via the bankruptcy means test and no if you don’t. The bankruptcy means test considers your finances in comparison to the median income of your area to determine if you qualify for bankruptcy and which type of bankruptcy you then qualify for (...

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An Introduction To Bankruptcy Exemptions

If you have questions about personal bankruptcy, you’ve come to the right place! At The Cook Law Firm blog, we focus on creating content that helps our clients and the public in general gain a greater understanding of bankruptcy, how it works, and how it affects those who undergo it.

The truth is, many people write bankruptcy off because it has such a contentious reputation at large. This is a shame because bankruptcy is specifically designed to help people regain control over their finances. That said, there is a lot to bankruptcy. From the legal processes and paperwork involved to stress and anxiety that come with the circumstances, all the moving parts can make the process seem daunting.

What’s more, when people attempt to file for bankruptcy unassisted, they can fail to understand the variety of aspects that have been built into the processes of bankruptcy to ensure people are able to complete the proceedings without being left out to...


If there was a question about whether we’re headed for a second housing shock, that was settled last week with news that home prices have fallen a sixth consecutive month. Values are nearly back to levels of the Great Recession. One thing weighing on the economy is the huge number of foreclosed houses.

Many are stuck on the market for a reason you wouldn’t expect: banks can’t find the ownership documents.

Who really owns your mortgage?

Scott Pelley explains a bizarre aftershock of the U.S. financial collapse: An epidemic of forged and missing mortgage documents.

It’s bizarre but, it turns out, Wall Street cut corners when it created those mortgage-backed investments that triggered the financial collapse. Now that banks want to evict people, they’re unwinding these exotic investments to find, that often, the legal documents behind the mortgages aren’t there. Caught in a jam of their own making, some companies appear to be resorting to forgery and phony paperwork to throw people – down on their luck – out of their homes.

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