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I SEE; A WONDERFUL STORY OF A HOUSE SAVED

                The elderly gentleman was my client.  He came in with his adult daughter who had Power of Attorney to help him with his affairs.  A few years ago, the man and his wife had taken out a reverse mortgage on their home.   He was legally blind.  His wife had died last year, but he […]

Law School Student Loans Could be on the Rise

With enrollment in law schools lowest since 1973, law schools are struggling to boost their enrollment.  One tactic is lowering the requirements to get in.  In order to apply for most law schools, graduates must take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and obtain a set score.  Scores on the LSAT range between a low […]

FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN TENNESSEE

            I heard on the news this morning that the Republican Governor of Tennessee and the Democratic President of the United States were jointly promoting a new program called the Tennessee Promise.  President Obama was in Knoxville, Tennessee today praising it and advocating that other states adopt similar programs.             Essentially, it is that Tennessee […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR

            All of the attorneys and staff at the law firm of Pollak, Hicks & Alhejaj, P.C. wish all of our blog readers a Happy New Year!              If 2015 brings you success and financial prosperity, we wish to remind you that we offer services designed to protect that success and prosperity with our Estate […]

THOUGHT MICHAEL VICK’S REPUTATION HAD GONE TO THE DOGS; HE’S BARKING BACK

                Because of his well know past troubles, football star Michael Vick had to file for bankruptcy protection back in 2008.  He had gone from making millions on the gridiron to making 12 cents an hour mopping floors in the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary cell-block.   Because of his pre-prison high lifestyle, he owed creditors about $18 […]

Robocalls: Bank of America, in trouble again?!

Collection calls happen to many people in debt, but after you file for bankruptcy and receive your discharge, debt collectors are NOT allowed to continue to do so on discharged debts.  Bank of America was ordered to pay over $1 million dollars to a Florida couple after the bank continued to do just that, make […]

OPTING OUT OF OBAMACARE BAD FOR BUSINESS

                Some Nebraska state senators, at the behest of Appleseed and other organizations, are conducting studies and hearings into whether Nebraska’s refusal to join in the Medicare expansion portion of Obamacare has hurt the state economically, especially its small towns. Evidence is being produced that a significant number of bankruptcies are filed because of medical […]

The Bankruptcy Code’s Lien-Strip Tease: The Value of Your Home and the Balance of Your Mortgages

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases in which Bank of America has appealed two lower Court Rulings involving Florida homeowners which allowed the debtors in bankruptcy to lien-strip their second mortgage in a Chapter 7 filing; to date the circuit courts have been split on this issue.  A summary of the question […]

BANKRUPTCY AS ASSET PROTECTION

            Bankruptcy is usually viewed or presented as debt reduction, debt elimination or financial reorganization and it is those things.  However, bankruptcy is also an asset protection strategy and should be viewed and presented as such.             Asset protection from a legal standpoint is usually thought of as estate planning, wills, trusts and family business […]

Protecting the Elderly From Debt Collectors

            While the political buzz is that the new Republican majority U.S. Senate will try to emasculate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) created as part of Dodd-Frank with major help from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. Mass), political writer Tim Devaney of the Hill reports that meanwhile the CFPB is focusing on harassing tactics by […]

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