Sunday, January 16, 2022

Things do not seems to be getting any better... Is it time to clean the slate by filing for bankruptcy protection?

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 Here are some of the current headlines:

"How sky-high inflation is evaporating Americans' savings, imposing 'cruelest tax' on
the poor"
 ABC News

"Rising prices put American families in deeper debt" FOX Business Newswhich states in the body:

"... According to a recent study from NerdWallet, Inc. the average U.S. household owes $155,622, with American households holding $15.23 trillion in debt nationwide. That figure is up 6.2% from a year ago..."

"The Fed Has Signaled Rate Hikes for 2022. Here's How That Could Impact Consumers" the ascent, which states in the body:

"... Once the Federal Reserve raises its rates, we could see credit card interest rates follow suit. That would be bad news for consumers who rack up balances during the holiday, or who carry existing balances into the new year..." 

"Get ready for the climb. Here’s what history says about stock-market returns during Fed rate-hike cycles. MarketWatchwhich states in the body:

"...To be sure, it is harder to see the market producing outperformance during a period in which the economy experiences 1970s-style inflation. Right now, it feels unlikely that bullish investors will get a whiff of double-digit returns based on the way stocks are shaping up so far in 2022. The Dow is down 1.2%, the S&P 500 is off 2.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite is down a whopping 4.8% thus far in January..."

So, people are exhausting their savings, paying more for the essential goods, accruing more debt, and interest rates on current credit card debt is set to rise. Along with all this economic news, the federal stimulus money has ended. If you are just keeping your head above water now, you may start feeling like you are trying to bail out the Titanic in a few months. 

On top of all this, your retirement accounts (401(K)'s, IRA's, 403b's, etc.) will probably see a rough ride as well. This is not the time to withdraw retirement savings. I would argue it in never time to withdraw retirement savings if you are not retired. 

This may be the time to start the year with a clean slate? If this is the case, talk to a bankruptcy attorney about options.

If you want assistance, legal representation, or just want to know more about Mark Medvesky or our firm of Wells, Hoffman, Holloway & Medvesky LLP, check out our website at

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Thinking about bankruptcy? This is not the time to pay back your family or friends...

Times are tough ... inflation is raging, stimulus ended, and interest rates about to increase. Many people have not fared well through the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, some people relied on family and friends for help to make ends meet. The natural desire is to pay back friends and family first.

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If a person does so, it could cause problems later if that person needs to file for bankruptcy protection. Bankruptcy laws do not allow a debtor to treat one unsecure creditor different from another. Believe it or not, according to the law, owing a family member money is the same as owing a credit card company money. You cannot pay one creditor (your family) over another (credit card company). That can be called a "preference."

It may also be considered a "fraudulent conveyance." When you pay money to a friend or family member, an "insider", to avoid paying another creditor like a credit card company, a court could find this a "fraudulent conveyance." As a result, a Trustee can look to recover the payments from your family and friends. Don't get caught in this situation; talk to a bankruptcy attorney.

If you want assistance, legal representation, or just want to know more about Mark Medvesky or our firm of Wells, Hoffman, Holloway & Medvesky LLP, check out our website at

#bankruptcy #Chapter7 #Chapter13 #MontgomeryCounty #lawfirm #BucksCounty #Pennsylvania