At the Law Offices of Bankruptcy Attorney we strive to offer sound legal and financial advice. We will work diligently and aggressively to relieve the overwhelming stress and burden that comes with dealing with consumer debt or facing legal troubles. With patients, knowledge and understanding of the laws we are determined to help our clients every step of the way.

Do you find that some of the following questions below hit close to home?

1.     Are your credit cards currently near or over the limit?

2.     Do you find yourself paying only the required or minimum payment?

3.     Do you notice your credit card balances never seem to go down?

4.     Are you already past due on some of your accounts?

5.     Are collection agencies constantly harassing you for payment?

6.     Do you hide credit card bills from your family members?

7.     Are you currently screening your calls to avoid harassment from your creditors?

8.     Do you find yourself living from paycheck to paycheck?

9.     Are you tapping into your savings to pay off high interest debts?

10.   Do you avoid opening your monthly bills and adding balances?

11.   If you own a home, have you already "tapped out" the equity in it?

12.   Do you use your credit cards for cash advances?

13.   Are you afraid your only option is "bankruptcy"?

14.   Are you constantly transferring credit card balances to avoid the inevitable?

15.   Are you currently being sued from any of your creditors due to lack of payment?

16.   If you are already behind, how many calls are you receiving: 5, 6, 7 or more calls per day from your creditors?

17.   Are you feeling physically stressed or having trouble sleeping?

18.   Are you on a fixed income that makes it very difficult to pay your creditors?

19.   Has a financial or medical hardship caused you to go late on your payments?

20.   Has your debt negatively affected your relationship with a loved one and/or spouse?

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If you are unable to manage your mortgage or you are already behind on payments, try negotiating a workout plan with the lender so that you can avoid foreclosure. There are workout plans such as forbearance, deed in lieu, short sale, loan modification and others. You need to choose the one that best fits your mortgage situation.

Mortgage loan modification (home loan modification) is where the lender may lower your mortgage rate, or add any dues to the mortgage balance and extend your loan period. This is to ensure that your monthly payments are reduced.

There can also be a reduction in the principal balance you owe. The purpose is to make your payments affordable so that you can save your credit and keep your home.

When is loan modification suitable for you?

Loan modifications (mortgage modifications) are suitable for you when:
You have experienced a long-term reduction in income.
Your monthly expenses have increased.
You don't have enough income to pay off mortgage dues.

Are you eligible for mortgage modifications?

You may be eligible if:
The lender has not declared a foreclosure yet and even if they have done so, they should have removed the loan from the foreclosure status.
You're delinquent on the loan for 3 months or more.
The loan has been originated for more than 12 months.
You have stable surplus income to help you pay at the modified rate/terms.
The property is in good physical condition
How does a loan modification work?

If you're concerned about how to do a loan modification, here are 7 things you should be aware of:
Review your financial situation: Prepare a Financial statement including a detailed list of your expenses (food, gas, credit cards and other financial obligations) in a spreadsheet and calculate the average costs on each item for the past 3 months or so. This is important because most lenders would ask you questions on your financial situation and require you to submit a Financial Statement.
Hardship letter: Prepare a Hardship letter of not more than 2 pages wherein you'll communicate why you aren't able to carry on with the usual payments and why you need a loan modification.
Collect documents: You need to gather certain documents that the lender may review when you request a mortgage loan modification. The documents are:
Pay stubs and bank statements for the past 2 months
W-2 Form for the last 2 years for the employed
Form 1040 for last 2 years if you're self employed
Rental Agreement if the loan is not on your primary home
Most recent mortgage statement
Property tax statements
Contact your lender: Call up the lender and make him aware of your situation. The best way to communicate is by sending a hardship letter. It is easier to get a home loan modification if you're behind on payments. However, you may get approved even though you're not behind but are not sure whether you can keep up the payments.
Fill out paperwork: Once you qualify for mortgage modification, the lender will send an information packet and a financial worksheet for you to calculate your expenses. You need to attach documents you've collected along with the worksheet. This is for your lender to assess your financial situation and interpret whether you can pay your mortgage after home loan modification.
What you need to prove by filing out the paperwork is that the loan modifications will help improve your situation and make your payments manageable.

Written Agreement: Once the lender reviews your paperwork, he may verbally agree to modify your loan. He'll also send you a document explaining the loan modification offer for your approval.

Stop gap repayment plan: Once you accept the offer, the lender will need you to start off a stop gap repayment plan till the mortgage modification goes through. This will go on for maximum 60 days during which the lender reviews your loan status, financial statement and documents in order to assess the risks in modifying your loan.

During the stop gap period, you need to prove that you can afford monthly payments along with other expenses after loan modifications. Only then will you have a fair chance to get your loan modified.
Home loan modification may be offered alone or as a part of forbearance. However, not all loans are appropriate for mortgage modification. Loans being modified are mostly those which are above the market rates or have lower loan-to-value ratios and mature terms.

Do you need professional help?

If you cannot negotiate mortgage loan modification on your own, an attorney or a loss mitigation specialist can communicate on your behalf. Your attorney should be one who has good service background and can ensure that you get a fast response from the lender. Any foreclosure action is stopped while the attorney negotiates with your lender.

What happens when you're in mortgage modification?
You'll be able to get current on the loan.
If you have an ARM, modification may help you convert it into a fixed rate fully amortized loan.
The lender may reduce the interest rate below the market rates.
The entire PITI (principal, interest, escrow items such as tax and insurance payments etc) may or may not be added to the current loan balance.
Any administrative fees resulting from cancellation of foreclosure may be added to the loan balance.
The modified principal balance can exceed 100% loan-to-value or the original principal balance if any dues are added. In such a case, your monthly payments are likely to go up.
The purpose of loan modification is to ensure that you can better afford the mortgage payments. But make sure you don't miss payments as the lender will consider it a new default and initiate a foreclosure on your home.

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Are you overwhelmed with debt? Are your financial options running low? Do your monthly bills sit in a pile, unpaid?
Do creditors and collection agencies call you every hour of every day asking for money you don’t have?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are probably in need of a qualified California bankruptcy attorney. A California bankruptcy attorney can tell you if Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the right way to go for your particular financial situation.

What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a form of liquidation which is the most common form of consumer bankruptcy. Often times, it is the best bankruptcy option for consumers with a relatively small amount of debt, as well as those who don’t have much valuable property. At Law Offices of Zhou and Chini, our California bankruptcy attorney team is equipped to answer any and all questions you may have about Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In the end, what a bankruptcy should be targeted towards is a fresh start for the debtor. The focus of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to discharge the debtor’s debt, eliminating the personal liability on as much debt as possible. It is important to remember that while Chapter 7 liquidation usually results in a complete discharge of debts, it is not an absolute rule and some types of debts are not discharged. To get excellent answers to your Chapter 7 bankruptcy questions, contact Law Offices of Zhou and Chini today.

Bankruptcy Time

Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy usually takes about four to six months from start to finish, often taking only one trip to a 341 meeting. A 341 creditor meeting is a meeting of the debtor’s creditors and is required under section 341 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. During the Chapter 7 liquidation procedure, this is the first meeting which involves the trustee, the creditors and the debtor. It occurs usually 20 to 40 days after the Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed.

At Law Offices of Zhou and Chini, our California bankruptcy attorney team is dedicated to your best interests. After sitting down with us for your initial consultation, we will assess your total situation, gather as much information as possible and help you make an educated decision on your financial future.

After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will be put into “automatic stay,” which immediately stops your creditors from trying to collect on your debts. This temporarily prevents creditors, to whom you owe secured debt, from going after your car, house or other property. The automatic stay will cease most legal proceedings from happening and will end collection efforts.

In essence, once you file your bankruptcy case, most of your financial problems are over.

Choosing a qualified California bankruptcy attorney team is possibly the most important part of your bankruptcy case. Filing for Chapter 7 liquidation can be complicated, but with a California bankruptcy attorney team at your side, you can successfully go through the bankruptcy process and get your debt problems under control.

Contact Law Offices of Zhou and Chini today.

Filing Bankruptcy Process

Those who are faced with the overwhelming fact that their debts have grown to such a large amount that they might have to file for bankruptcy might not have a clue about how to go about this course. The first and foremost step to take is to put your bankrupt status on paper by filing for bankruptcy through the bankruptcy court. But how exactly does one go about it?

How Do I File Bankruptcy?

First of all, you should keep in mind that filing for bankruptcy is a legal process. For this reason, and for your own financial wellbeing, each decision that you make about bankruptcy should be well informed choices. That is to say, is this process something you want to take up on your own, or do you want a professional to help you? It is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own; however, it is a process that would take a lot of patience and diligence.

Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

If you decide that you want to file for bankruptcy on your own, the first decision you have to make is which kind of bankruptcy you should file for: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13? Once again, these decisions cannot be made fast. So it would be a good idea to visit your local library and talk to a few people who might know more technical information about filing for bankruptcy.

Get Help With Your Bankruptcy Filing

On the other hand, it might be a safer option to get in touch with a bankruptcy lawyer who can guide you through the complicated procedure of filing for bankruptcy. You will have to provide you bankruptcy lawyer with all your personal information in order to put together and file your voluntary petition. Once the documents are filed at the bankruptcy court, you will be assigned a trustee who will see to it that all the information that is needed is collected from you and that all the information provided is accurate. The next step would be to notify your creditors that you will be filing for bankruptcy so that they will have to stop all actions they might be taking up against you to get your payments.

The later procedures include meeting the various parties who are involved in your bankruptcy case, together with your creditors and if possible your creditors’ lawyers.

While all this is going on, also keep in mind that filing for bankruptcy is a long process which will require a lot of patience. For this reason, having an experienced lawyer might make sure that everything runs smoothly.

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At the Law Offices of Bankruptcy Attorney, our California bankruptcy attorney team is highly qualified in all bankruptcy matters and well versed in the United States Bankruptcy Code. If you are considering bankruptcy, you need a bankruptcy law firm you can trust, one that will competently guide you through the bankruptcy process.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy, sometimes known as a “Wage Earner Plan,” is a way for consumers/debtors to undergo a financial reorganization which is supervised by the bankruptcy court. While Chapter 7 offers an immediate relief to secured and unsecured debt, Chapter 13 is more of a rehabilitation program.

Under Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the consumer will be able to hold on to all of their property if they can repay their creditors over a three to five year period. The California bankruptcy attorney team at the Law Offices of Bankruptcy Attorney, can walk you through Chapter 13 bankruptcy effectively and efficiently.

How Does Chapter 13 Happen?

There are countless ways in which a person can find themselves in such harsh debt problems that they seek out Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Illness, loss of work, divorce, bad luck, poor planning and other unforeseen circumstances can all contribute to the kinds of debt problems that Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed to help fix.

Credit Card Debt

Throughout California, and the United States, people are overwhelmed from the affects of credit card debt. Massive credit card debt is one of the major causes of Chapter 13 bankruptcy, because people use credit cards when things get tight financially and can’t pay them back. Credit Card companies spend billions of dollars in marketing to get you to use their cards as often as possible, causing you to live beyond your means. What you need to help you through your financial challenges is a bankruptcy law firm that can help you through this situation, understand your circumstances and help get you out of it.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed to enable each debtor, under court protection and supervision, to apply a portion of future earnings to the payment of some or all of their debts over a period of time. The consumer/debtor is protected from creditors through the automatic stay while the plan of repayment is calculated and carried out. It is sometimes also called “Consumer Debt Adjustment,” and is akin to Chapter 11.

Law Offices of Bankruptcy Attorney, works tirelessly to help each and every client we work with. Our California bankruptcy attorney team is well respected in the legal community, and our successful track record of helping people through Chapter 13 bankruptcy is unparalleled.

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We invite you to learn about our debt settlement program and other debt arbitration and debt settlement services. We are sure that when you compare and contrast debt settlement and debt arbitration to debt consolidation loans and debt consolidation services you will see that debt settlement is the only way to go. Find out how debt settlement will put you back in the drivers seat and determine how much you pay these credit card companies.

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A debt consolidation loan provides funds to consolidate debt into one monthly payment usually in the form of a home equity loan. This debt consolidation loan reduces the number of payments going out monthly, simplifying a consumer’s debt problem. Realistically, this debt consolidation loan does not mean one is debt-free; the debts have just been transferred. Hopefully, this debt consolidation loan guarantees a lowered APR, allowing one to pay off the new debt quicker than if they had not taken out a debt consolidation loan. But even though this sounds like a good solution to avoid bankruptcy and get out of debt, it can damage consumer credit and cause a consumer to be forced to pay back far more than if they had selected a debt settlement program.

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Credit counseling is a service that is typically offered by a Credit Counseling Agency (CCA). The agency provides financial literacy and also analyzes a consumer’s debt and spending habits and provides a plan to work out an achievable budget and debt repayment plan with creditors. By requesting that creditors accept a longer pay-off period, the counseling service can often design a successful repayment plan called a Debt Management Plan (DMP). With the help of a Credit Counseling Agency (CCA), new terms are agreed upon to satisfy the outstanding debt. Generally the entire balance is paid back; however the payments and/or interest rates are reduced.

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