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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Child Support and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: A creditor has a summary judgement against me. I had a lawyer look over exemption paperwork. What's next?

I live in NC. House is fully protected by TBE. All assets are 100% fully protected. No wage garnishment in NC and I cash my paper check at a check cashing business. I deal in cash only. I have no bank account. I tried to negotiate with them before they sued and because they didn't work with... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 13, 2022

Most likely, yes. Looks like you are judgment proof so they can’t get anything. Just be sure you keep it that way and you should be fine.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Child Support and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: A creditor has a summary judgement against me. I had a lawyer look over exemption paperwork. What's next?

I live in NC. House is fully protected by TBE. All assets are 100% fully protected. No wage garnishment in NC and I cash my paper check at a check cashing business. I deal in cash only. I have no bank account. I tried to negotiate with them before they sued and because they didn't work with... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Nov 13, 2022

If the judgment is accruing post judgment interest, you may wish to consider filing bankruptcy or settling rather than waiting it out. Judgments are good for 10 years and are easily renewed for another 10 years. Your only dangers in waiting them out is that your assets may appreciate and become not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I am ordered responsible for 50% of marital debt during a divorce, can I file bankruptcy if debt not in my name?

All debt in my wife’s name and we are divorcing. If I am responsible for 50% of marital debt and she is filing bankruptcy, how do I file for my half of the debt if it’s not in my name?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Sep 19, 2022

I had this issue in a case in Oklahoma, involving a Colorado bankruptcy, and a Florida divorce.

Your divorce decree/property settlement agreement most probably allocates responsibility for the marital debts, and that is what includes you as a responsible party to the debt. But your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding my wife in NC last year creating TBE. She is now being sued by Discover. Is the house safe?

The debt is only in her name.

Also,, She gets a paper check and has no bank account. I cash the check for her through my bank. We have very little equity in a jointly owned car. My major concern is the house but I think she is practically, "judgement proof."am I wrong? Thanks

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Sep 15, 2022

North Carolina has long recognized the common law creation and enforcement of the tenancy by entirety concept. Here's a good UNC law review article tracing its history.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Is an HSA exempt from collections in NC?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Sep 12, 2022

There is no specific exemption for a health savings account under Federal or State law. North Carolina residents must use the $5,000.00 "wild card" exemption to cover HSA balances - assuming that the "wild card" is available. If a debtor uses up their $35,000.00 residential... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Need to cash a check that has my deceased husband and me on it. Bank won’t accept because it is more then$10,000.

The settlement came in my name but went through bankruptcy court to pay both our debts. The rest comes to me. But has both our names on it. Husband had no assets of value. Never opened probate estate I just pay his bills as they came in. Now what do I do

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan
answered on Sep 12, 2022

It sounds like the check came from the bankruptcy trustee. Contact the trustee and ask to re-issue the check in your name only. Be prepared to submit the certificate of death for the Trustee's due diligence.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: My car is collateral for a loan I have with one main financial company. Can I voluntarily surrender the car?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jun 20, 2022

This will have a negative effect on your credit. You can try to voluntarily surrender the car. OneMain is NOT required to take the car in satisfaction of the loan. They can refuse to come pick up the car or take the car. They also don't have to release the lien on the title if they refuse to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: In nc I owe state taxes and federal taxes back from 2016 & 2017 can I file bankruptcy for these back taxes and all my db
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on May 16, 2022

Certain types of taxes are dischargeable in bankruptcy, IF you have filed a tax return showing those taxes as due longer than two years and four months prior to the date you file for bankruptcy relief.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: When being pursued for a debt outside of bankruptcy in NC, is the vehicle exemption doubled when married.

The vehicle is jointly owned with rights of survivorship.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 12, 2022

The debtor spouse can exempt (protect from creditors) up to $3,500.00 equity in one motor vehicle. For a jointly owned vehicle, you take retail value (not trade in), subtract any outstanding liens, and divide the remainder by two. If there is any "wild card" exemption remaining, up to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: If I received fair market value to execute a new deed adding wife, can the transfer be reversed as fraudulent in NC?

I dont want to claim bankruptcy and my only goal is to protect the house. I am being sued by an unsecured creditor. I executed a new deed a year ago and my wife gave me $12,500 out of her 401k for repairs. Can this be considered fraudelent by a judgement creditor? I believe this to be fair market... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Nothing you said jumps out at me as fraudulent. You have the right to do exactly what you did.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: What is a creditor's next move after they get a judgement against me? I live in NC.

My house is protected by TBE. My wages are protected from garnishment. I bank in a Deleware only Bank. I have 2 jointly owned cars. One with a loan equal to the value. The other has equity but is equal to the amount protected by state law. I have hardly any possessions. Nothing worth anything.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 3, 2022

The next step is the creditor serving you with a "Notice of Right" to have your exemptions designated. Youw ill have 20 days after the date of service to file your "Motion To Claim Exempt Property" to claim your exemptions. There are no extensions of time allowed for this and if... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can a Trustee make you have your home appraised if you are filing bankruptcy but not including your home?

And can they (the Trustee) also have your home appraised?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Apr 1, 2022

When you complete your bankruptcy Schedules, which ask you to list every conceivable asset you have, and you sign them under penalty of perjury, it is not possible to "not include" your house.

A debtor's opinion of its value is generally admissible as proof of value, to be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I added wife's name to deed in NC a year ago. Can an unsecured creditor of my wife attach a lien or sever TBE.
Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Mar 30, 2022

Without reviewing the documents I cannot give a definitive answer, but as a general rule, a claim against only one party is ineffective against TBE in NC.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I executed a new deed adding my wife to the house. 7 months later I'm getting sued by a creditor. Was this fraudelent?

We live in NC. I never knew that tenants by the entirety existed until after we executed the deed. I added her name because I'm significantly older than her and thought it was probably a good idea. We were dating when I bought the house. We have had a joint bank account since before the... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Feb 15, 2022

Without more information, I cannot give a definitive answer, but unless you had actual knowledge that the lawsuit was imminent you are likely okay.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Can I claim federal exemptions in chapter 7 bankruptcy?

I have lived in Charlotte NC for 22 months and plan to file in western district of North Caroline. Prior to Charlotte I lived in Vermont for 40 years. Vermont doesn't allow non-residents to use their bankruptcy exemptions.

Mike T. Ramsey
Mike T. Ramsey
answered on Jan 6, 2022

I would recommend getting an attorney to help you with your bankruptcy. There are many good lawyers in North Carolina. To answer your questions, though, Vermont exemptions would be applicable under 11 USC 522. My research shows that Vermont does allow nonresidents to use their exemptions but it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: Can I claim federal exemptions for upcoming chapter 7 bankruptcy filing?

I have lived in Charlotte NC for 22 months and plan to file in western district of North Caroline. Prior to Charlotte I lived in Vermont for 40 years. Vermont doesn't allow non-residents to use their bankruptcy exemptions.

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Dec 20, 2021

The Bankruptcy Code provides that you are eligible to file in the federal district in which you have resided, or where your principal assets are located, for six months prior to filing.

It appears that No. Carolina requires a debtor to use its state-prescribed exemptions. You can google...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: What can I ask

I Don't know what I can say

Stuart Nachbar
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Stuart Nachbar
answered on Nov 17, 2021

If you are speaking to your counsel, be truthful. If you are asking a question in this forum, be as succinct as possible and detailed, but do not divulge personal identifiers

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: So I hired a contractor to build a pergola on my patio. I paid the down payment of $3775.00 and no work what can I do?

After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Copyright and Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: How do I obtain info about my sole proprietorship
Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
answered on Jul 19, 2021

This is a hard question to understand. Do you currently have a sole proprietorship? Or will it be a new one? Nothing is required to establish a sole proprietorship. Your income is reported on Form 1040, Schedule C or C-EZ. You should be running all income through a separate bank account to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Carolina on
Q: How do I find the final result of my claim? I have the case number.

This is in reference to Daewoo motor america bankruptcy case from 2003 I have a claim in the case. I just want to know if there is a monetary decision to my claim.

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan
answered on Mar 23, 2021

Looks like this was case number 2:02-bk-24411-BB (aka 02-24411) filed in the Central District of California 5/16/02. A plan was confirmed 10/8/03 and the case was closed 5/23/14, which means any payments for claims were already paid a long time ago. The deadline for filing claims was 11/18/02. If... Read more »

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