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If you are facing
oppressive financial debts beyond your abilities to pay, don’t make matters
worse by failing to take action. Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can help you by
considering all the options that are available to you, including bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy is a valid tool the law has made available for individuals unable to
meet their financial obligations. Every bankruptcy must be declared and filed
in federal bankruptcy court. If you have any questions or wish to discuss
the bankruptcy process in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact our
office to schedule a consultation. Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. represents
clients in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies.
Also referred to as “liquidation,” chapter 7 bankruptcy involves
the selling of your assets by a trustee to meet your financial obligations.
Debts that remain unmet after the completion of the sale of your assets are
discharged, with some exceptions (such as child support and alimony payments).
Not all of your assets are necessarily required to be sold under chapter 7
bankruptcy. Some specific assets, such as your house and vehicle, may be
retained if you can continue to make payments on them after the bankruptcy.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is for individuals with regular income
above the “means test” who nonetheless find themselves strapped by financial
debt. In a chapter 13 bankruptcy case one of our lawyers will create a
structured payment plan for you that specifies the payments you will make to
your creditors over the course of several years. The payment plan will be filed
with a bankruptcy court.
To read more about bankruptcy, see the following:
Student Loans and Bankruptcy
Turn to a competent,
local attorney for help if you face the possibility of foreclosure on your
home. Attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. have years of experience
representing the interests of home owners. We can guide you through the
legal process of foreclosure and ensure that your rights are respected at every
step. By negotiating with your lender our attorneys can forestall the process
and find a fair resolution to the situation. If you have any questions or
uncertainties regarding a pending or potential foreclosure action on your home,
do not hesitate to call our office to schedule a consultation.
Short sales are one
method to avoid losing your home in foreclosure. The short sale operates by
selling your home to a new homeowner before your lender completes the
foreclosure. Though not a possibility in every case, consult with us to see if
it is one of the options available to you.
If you have taxes on a
property you own that go unpaid, the state receives a lien on your property.
The lien is only removed once the outstanding taxes have been paid. If the lien
on your home becomes large enough, the state has the right to take control of
your property and sell it in a tax sale. If this becomes a possibility to
you, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer and arrange for representation. We can
work to slow or halt the tax sale by working with government in the courts,
giving you time to work out any outstanding taxes you have with the state.
A mortgage modification
is an agreement between you and your lender to change the terms of your
mortgage before or during foreclosure. If you are struggling to make payments
on your mortgage or are already falling behind, or if you have recently
undergone a financial hardship, a mortgage modification may be an option
available to you. As a homeowner, you have the power to negotiate with your
lenders. Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.’s attorneys can help you understand your
rights and options as they deal with your lender on your behalf. Though
mortgage modification is a complex procedure, reaching a successful resolution
with your lender can lower your monthly payments, preserve your credit rating,
and prevent the threat of foreclosure on your home.
A refinance is another
means to reduce your monthly payments. Separate from mortgage modification, a
refinance restructures the payment plan or interest rate of your current mortgage.
Deciding whether a refinance or a mortgage modification is the option in your
best interests is an important choice. Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C.’s attorneys
can help you make the best decision by highlighting the benefits and costs of
each option in light of your financial situation.
In recent years debt
collection has become a complex sphere of law for both debtors and creditors.
As debts between private individuals and organizations have become both larger
and more common the law has become murkier. Whether you owe or are owed money,
Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can help you reach a resolution with your opposite
parties. Our lawyers have years of experience representing the interests of
both debtors and creditors in debt collection cases, and we will work
tirelessly to ensure that you are treated fairly and professionally in your
matter. We will negotiate with the opposite party to reach an understanding of
your situation, all the while ensuring that each step you take complies fully
with the established laws and regulations of the field.
The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. also offers these services:
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Government Contracts Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Real Estate, and Wills, Trusts, & Estates