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Yo-Yo Car Lending and the Economic Collision

One of the catalysts for the recent great recession was mercenary tactics by some in the mortgage industry, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  People were lured into ruinously priced loans which were in turn sold to Wall Street as mortgage backed securities that not surprisingly, went bad.  There are new […]

Complex Factors Drive Bankruptcies

The writer is an attorney and history professor emeritus at UNO. He has practiced bankruptcy law in Nebraska and Iowa for over three decades. Some 34 million Americans have filed for bankruptcy since 1980. About 30 percent were married, thus about 45 million people filed for relief. They are our friends, family, neighbors, work associates […]

What’s Your “PREFERENCE”?

You should be careful when considering your options in bankruptcy before selling any property or giving property away that could ultimately be considered a “preference”.  A preference is when you transfer an interest in property before filing bankruptcy and typically within 90 days of filing.  However, if you provide an “insider” such as a business […]

Near East, Biblical and Athenian Precedent For the U.S. Constitution’s Bankruptcy Provisions

Debt is an eternal problem. Bankruptcy law grappled with economic problems, like drought and war, frequently beyond the control of its victim. Debt cancellation, or Bankruptcy, finds clear precedent in Near Eastern kingdoms, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and Solon’s Greece.      Leviticus 25:8-55 and Deuteronomy 15:2-3 establish the sabbatical year, “Every seventh year you shall practice […]


Homeowners who get in trouble financially risk the loss of their house, and not only from the mortgage company.  True, if you don’t pay your mortgage, you will end up in a foreclosure. But even if you are current on your mortgage, other creditors can sue you, and when they win they can end up […]

Reflections of a Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney

I have assisted thousands of Nebraska and Iowa citizens file bankruptcy since 1983 when 348,880 bankruptcy cases were filed, 81.78% were consumers. Bankruptcies broke a million in 1996 and two million in 2005. In 2013, 1.1 million were filed, 96.61% were consumer cases. The Chapter 7 filing fee rose from $60 to $335. American households […]


            Being American Independence Day, it seems an appropriate time to talk about independence from debt.  America’s founding fathers recognized the importance of including laws pertaining to debtor-creditor relations if there was to be a just, fair and efficient legal system. That’s why they included a provision pertaining to bankruptcy in our American constitution.              […]


Care to Take a 10 question True or False Test   1)    Once I receive a notice from my mortgage lender setting a foreclosure sale date, it’s too late to use bankruptcy to save my house!  T  or  F   2)    Once the tow truck has repossessed my car, it’s too late to use bankruptcy […]


United States Senators White house from Rhode Island and Warren from Massachusetts have introduced a bill in the Senate called “The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014” (S.2471).  It is designed to help families with a financial burden caused by the costs of illnesses or injuries.  The study that led them to introduce this proposed […]

Non-Profits and Bankruptcy

Though it may sound funny at first, Non-Profit corporations can legally file bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy can be of benefit to them in various ways.  Just because they do not have shareholders (equity class) and do not distribute dividends, does not necessarily mean that they do not have debt problems. Recently, the attorneys at Pollak, Hicks & […]


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