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Q: I know you're not supposed to incur new debt in chapter 13, but if one did, how would the trustee find out?

My family wants to help build my credit by putting the deposit down for a secured card. My lawyer is taking too long to get back to me and I want to begin building my credit immediately.

I'm one year in and have made all payments on time to the trustee.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 12, 2019

Confer with your lawyer first before doing anything that night be contemptuous.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: In the process of learning to file Chapter 7: need to locate state and local Mid-Florida/Orlando asset exceptions rules?

I was also looking for possible pro bono assistance/help with this. Tried calling CLSMF can never get through seems phone lines are always tied up, but way too expensive to afford a private attorney. Will file application for waiver of filing fees as well. Personal assets are under $15,000.00 -... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 23, 2019

The Florida exemptions are described here:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0200-0299/0222/0222.html

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: We own the mortgage on a home in TN. The owner has filed for chapter7. his exemption is $25,000 and his equity is less

what do we have to do to protect ourselves?

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Sep 18, 2019

You can do one of at least two things:

1. You can foreclose, probably not the bet move

2. You can invite the debtor to enter into a reaffirmation agreement which will allow the obligation to continue on uninterrupted, which is preferred

You need to review the bankrtupcy...
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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law and Collections for Florida on
Q: Do I need to file an exemption for wage garnishment if the wrong SS# was used in the original judgment?

A judgment was filed against me in 2014. I was unemployed and could not pay the credit card. I am now living only on Social Security. The original card owner was my husband but I used the card. The court documents show his social security number as mine. When I tried to call the collection agency... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Sep 5, 2019

You DO need to file an exemption, despite a wrong SSN being listed. You are not required to have an attorney, but it's best that you have one, and you may be able to get a pro bono attorney by contacting your local agency that provides free legal services for the poor. You appear to be in Ocala,... Read more »

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Q: I had a 2nd mortgage stripped in chap 13. No satisfaction on after 2ys post discharge. best way to get results?

I filed order granting strip of lien as well as discharge order with the clerk of the court in seminole county

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 27, 2019

The order of the bankruptcy court should be sufficient. If you want an order from the Florida circuit court as well, you probably should file a motion and request a hearing.

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Q: Hello filed chapter 13 on August 19 sale was on August 20. I called informed mortgage company.

The BK court failed to send the mortgage company the information to stop sale. So sale to place. whats my options

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 20, 2019

If you put them on notice of the filing prior to the sale, you can probably bring an action to terminate the sale.

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Q: FL Chapter 13 Husband has debt no income can he file individually and use household (wife's) income?

Florida home husband holds mortgage does not have income. Wife has income and no debt but is on the deed. Can the husband file individual Chapter 13 using household (wife's) income? Or do we need to file Chapter 13 jointly?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 13, 2019

No, he doesn't qualify for Chapter 11 if all the income is from the wife. But why file for Chapter 13 protection? The mortgage can, after obtaining relief from the automatic stay, still foreclose.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Me and my boyfriend are buying an apt My name will not be either I’m the deed nor the mortgage

Even though I am contributing financially to the purchase what paper agreement can we make that give me ownership

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 9, 2019

If you are helping pay for the property, you should insist that you be on the deed. At the very least you and your boyfriend should have a written agreement.

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Me and my boyfriend are buying an apt My name will not be either I’m the deed nor the mortgage

Even though I am contributing financially to the purchase what paper agreement can we make that give me ownership

Stephen K. Hachey
Stephen K. Hachey answered on Aug 9, 2019

You would need to be on the deed or you could lend him the money for a 2nd mortgage on the property.

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Q: I received a “Summary of Trustee’s Final Report and Applications for Compensation” in my bankruptcy case.

I do not understand most of it and contacted my attorney. But they are dragging their feet as they have with most everything else since the hearing. I would ask questions and would only be told to ignore it and don’t worry about it. There is a statement that says any objections need to be filed... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 13, 2019

Your case is days away from being final and the discharge entered. One the trustee files that report, it’s all but over. I would seriously consider not objecting unless there is a glaring error or omission as it will hold up the entry of your discharge and closing of the case.

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Q: In Florida, is a Chapter 7 BK client legally entitled to get a copy of their file from their BK attorney?
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jul 8, 2019

It is my practice to provide my client with a digital copy of everything we produce and everything we receive. If he cannot receive digital cxopies, then they are mailed in hard copy.

I cannot understand why there is an issue with providing you copies, but if it persists, go to the clerk's...
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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Civil Litigation and Probate for Florida on
Q: Can I join lawsuit on Wells Fargo??

Repeat foreclosure on my mother and I primary residence since divorce leading to quit claim deed and refinance in 2007. Then after my mother passed in 2016 Wells Fargo tried to foreclose on me when I made an attempt to negotiate about loan transfer, as I am beneficiary.

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jul 7, 2019

What is your question. The facts sound pretty grim

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: Wife recently bought house in FL, I'm not on mortgage but only deed. If I file chapter 7 bk, will house be a part of bk?

All our finances/debt are separate and the home loan is solely in her name (I'm only on the deed of trust). I have a large amount of debt that I can't pay on my own and can't barely manage with both our incomes. All un-secured debt (no car loans, installment loans, etc...). Wanting to know if... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 27, 2019

Yes. The mortgage does not matter. Your name is on the deed and that indicates ownership. It will have to be included in the bankruptcy.

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Q: Wondering if transferring my child’s car title out of my ex’s name/into my name will affect his Chapter 7 filing ..

My ex husband & I (divorced since 2016) agreed to buy our 16 year old daughter a vehicle last year. I was unable to qualify for the loan due to my credit so we used his credit, therefore the loan/title went in his name but I have personally made ALL payments including the down payment. The loan is... Read more »

Clark Dray
Clark Dray answered on Jun 21, 2019

You didn't mention the value of the car, but for the purposes of this answer I'm going to assume that it exceeds the exemption amount.

Transferring the title into your name doesn't resolve the issue, it simply changes the nature of the problem. If your husband files bankruptcy with the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: I filed Bankruptcy in 2018 my wife however did not she is excluded on bankruptcy chapter 13. Can she purchase a car
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 15, 2019

Yes. She can do anything she wants.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: I filed bankruptcy in 2014 or 15 how can I get a copy of it my lawyer seems to have been suspended and does not answer

I also have been contacted by a collection agency

Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar answered on Jun 13, 2019

You can go online to www.pacer.gov and set up an account and find it that way or you can go to the Bankruptcy Court and make the request

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Q: How many days does a non-moving party have to respond to MSJ in bankruptcy court in the southern district of Florida?
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jun 10, 2019

Check the BK rules of procedure. I think it is 14, but don't guess. Know for sure. You can download the rules easy enough.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: Is my annuity I received as a Florida resident still protected from BK, now that I’m a MT resident but having to use FL.

I was a Resident of Florida when I received a annuity 10 years ago. I now moved to Montana and am a Montana resident but have not been here two years. I am filing bankruptcy and have to use for the Florida laws. I knew my annuity was protected in Florida when I was there but is it still protected... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 23, 2019

It should still be protected by the exemptions, but you need to consult a bankruptcy lawyer to examine all the angles.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: How do I get Midland Funding to drop a lawsuit for a Walmart credit card debt against my elderly aunt?

She was served with a summons to appear for a court date. Her and my uncle live on social security only, have no assets but a 2002 Dodge they use to go back and forth to the store. She called Midland Funding to tell them this and they insisted that she will still have to go to court, but to avoid... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 22, 2019

Hire a local debtor creditor lawyer to handle for her. Depending on the amount of the debt, they can probably resolve it for 25-50% of the face value of the debt.

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