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The best form of Loan Modification may not be a Loan Modification at all! Part 1 of 2: Chapter 11 & 13 Bankruptcies

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

In California, consumer bankruptcies rose 25% in 2010 and were up 9% nationwide. There were 24,117 consumer bankruptcy filings here in the Santa Ana division of the Central District of California…and that was just in the first quarter of 2010! The majority of those were Chapter 7 filings to liquidate assets and eliminate unsecured debts.

What should be of great interest, especially here in South Orange County is the growth seen in Chapter 13 and consumer Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. In both of these, the consumers typically are able to keep their homes, eliminate their junior mortgages (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th mortgages) entirely, and even reduce the amount owed on other secured debts. When an individual does not qualify for Chapter 13, they often consider a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  For example, if a debtor’s secured debt exceeds $1,081,000 and/or combined unsecured debt exceeds $360,475, and the debtor wishes to keep delinquent assets, the only viable bankruptcy recourse would be to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Bankruptcy…a ‘Patriotic’ Solution? Part 1: Patriotic Spending

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Without spending, our economy would come to a screeching halt. When our income is diverted toward paying high interest, over-limit fees, and late fees on items we bought years ago and no longer have, we no longer make a meaningful contribution to our economy. In fact, the opposite is true. We can’t pay the chef for his art nor tip the server. The vacations get cut. More importantly, we’re no longer capable of buying the things we need. Instead, the bankers get bonuses on top of bailouts, and we go without.

Our debt load has reached critical mass and the collective “we” is suffering. Our government has proven that they have no cure for the Debtpidemic. Bailouts did not work. Stimulus did not work. Cash for Clunkers did not work. Nationalizing banks did not work. In short, socialism has proven ineffective.

The question emerges, what can we do to make a meaningful contribution toward reviving our decaying economy and providing real relief to those suffering from the effects of toxic debt, if we too are upside-down and underwater?

Declaring bankruptcy frees up precious dollars and puts them back to good use in the economy, making it possible for us to buy the things we need, and a few of the things we want. Now the bellboy gets a tip, the hotels stay open, and the parasailing instructor keeps his job. With the cash that’s not being handed over to AMEX, Visa, MasterCard and your bank, we can start a new business, buy inventory, hire staff, advertise in the local papers and dry clean clothes to look sharp for the big presentation.

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Bankruptcy in California

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in California has risen substantially since 2005. With the recession and struggling economy, it is harder and harder for people to pay their debts. Last year the number of bankruptcies filed in the US hit a record high, 1.53 million. That equates to more bankruptcies than the entire decade of the 60’s!

As the U.S. reached new highs, California followed suit. In 2010, the Golden State filed 255,041 bankruptcies, which grew from the 206,000 in 2009 (Bankruptcy-Statistics.com). This rise in the number filing has been present throughout the last three years.

Although we have all been hopeful to see bankruptcies decrease this year, showing signs of a stronger economy, reports have been discouraging. California filed 17,007 bankruptcies in January, 2010 and 19,091 this January, 2011. The same rising numbers were calculated in February and March this year.

Until our unemployment improves and our economy begins to shows clear signs of recovery, Bankruptcy will remain both a viable solution and a wealth management strategy for millions more Americans struggling to make ends meet.

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Celebrity Bankruptcies: How Fallen Stars Rise Again

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Celebrity Bankruptcies

It’s quite amazing to look back in history and see the wide variety of famous individuals that have declared bankruptcy. Although they may be rockstars, actors, or athletes, they have had financial hard times just like the rest of us. After a few too many nights of partying, overspending, bad investments, or one bad business decision, they were prompted to pull the BK card.

To start, MC Hammer’s famous song “You Can’t Touch This” was exactly what he was singing towards his creditors. In 1996 he filed for bankruptcy after reportedly spending $500,000 a month on his entourage and was in debt $13 million. One of his debts was to an interior decorator for $110,000! Along with the interior decorator, he owed an attorney over $500,000. It sounds like MC Hammer’s spending habits might have been even bigger than his hit songs.

While we’re talking about major music types, Cyndi Lauper has to be mentioned. Cyndi wasn’t always just having fun in the 80’s. “Time after time” in her early years she couldn’t pay her bills. Before her hit album she was in another band, Blue Angel, which broke up due to managerial issues. In 1980 Cyndi filed for bankruptcy and picked up a job in retail to just get by. Now you know Cyndi’s “true colors,” she may have landed at the top of the music charts, but not always the financial ones!

Along with the individuals who pushed us to blast our stereos, we have quite a few actors earning their stars in bankruptcy. While we were watching them for entertainment, creditors were watching them for their debts. Burt Reynolds had many “boogie nights” with his lavish lifestyle. He had a helicopter, two mansions, and a ranch. His life was extraordinary. Too bad he had to receive his “burn notice.” He received a pricey divorce settlement from his wife. This, along with a series of bad movie choices, led Burt to declare bankruptcy in 1996. He filed a Chapter 11, reorganizing his $10 million debt, and was allowed to keep his mansion in Florida. Hopefully Mr. Reynolds continues to make smart movie choices and stays away from those wild but beautiful women.

Speaking of beautiful women, Kim Basinger has always melted us with her dazzling beauty. Too bad her career choices aren’t as impressive as her looks. The blonde bombshell decided to back out of the movie “Boxing Helena,” leaving her with a law suit. Along with the poor movie decision, she decided to buy a small town in Georgia with the plans of turning it into a mini Hollywood. When the bills flooded in, Kim was drowning in money problems. The beauty didn’t plan for the financial difficulties that the town renovation brought.  She filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990’s. Kim may fail at entrepreneurial decisions, but she never fails at looking good!

We couldn’t mention the topic of entrepreneurial decisions and not mention Donald Trump. Trump, a man known universally for his business ventures, tv show, and interesting hair style, is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. He has made some brilliant real estate moves, allowing him to build his empire. Unfortunately, not all of his moves are equally beneficial. In an attempt to expand, he entered into the area of casinos. This has not produced the outcome he was hoping for. Donald filed for bankruptcy in 1992, again in 2004, and then again in 2009. That’s three times in less than twenty years that he has declared bankruptcy, yet he is still an entrepreneur idol.  Trump has used this financial tool to help him maintain his empire and venture into new areas without great liability. Too bad filing bankruptcy couldn’t fix both his financial situation and his hair.

Well, we’ve discussed some singers, actors, and entrepreneurs, but what about athletes? Do those tough guys go through financial hard times too? Sure do! Those powerful muscles don’t protect them from hits of debt. Mike Tyson, to name one, had a lucrative career of $30 million. He reportedly made millions per fight. Sadly, his spending habits were as big as his ear biting incident. Tyson’s $400,000 in monthly expenses, including a pair of exotic tigers, earned him an outstanding $27 million in debt. Both he and his company, Mike Tyson Enterprises, filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Looks like Tyson’s bankruptcy helped him bite off a lot of debt.

As we hoped you have learned from this article, bankruptcy is shared by a wide variety of people. It is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. In fact, as you can see, it is even a beneficial tool for those who want a fresh start. The figures we named above were confronted with the same challenge that we are all faced with, finances. Luckily, they chose the right path and solved their problems. This brilliant choice to get a fresh start is why they can remain stars in our eyes.

Not all Bankruptcy Firms are Created Equal

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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