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Busting 5 common bankruptcy myths

bankruptcy mythsWhen potential clients call us, they are usually stressed and scared. When you are drowning in uncontrollable debt, and you’re in danger of losing your car or your house, being afraid is understandable.

When you’re scared, believing just about anything you hear is easy. There are many myths and misconceptions about bankruptcy floating around, so we thought it would be helpful to dispel some of the more common myths. So without further ado, here is the truth behind the five most common myths about bankruptcy:

1) Only bad people file for bankruptcy

Bad things happen to good people all the time. It does not take much to start a downward spiral of debt – a sudden job loss, a salary reduction, or an accident with huge medical bills might be all it takes to cause your debts to spiral out of control. Bankruptcy laws were created to give good people a fresh start – you are definitely not alone! (more…)

By |2023-12-01T14:52:25-06:00June 29th, 2023|Bankruptcy|

Your Credit Score: What the Number Really Means (and What It Doesn’t)

Everyone knows that their credit score is important – but most Americans don’t understand how the scores are assessed or affected by their actions. Ideally, you want a credit score in the 700-800 range, but what does that really mean – and how do you get there?

Your credit score is calculated by one of the credit reporting agencies – EquiFax, Experian, and TransUnion. These agencies assign your credit score based on current and historical factors, and the score is an assessment of how likely it is that you’ll repay any debts that you accrue. The majority of the score is related to your past payment history and your current level of debt.

Lenders use your credit score to determine how risky it would be to lend you money. With higher credit scores, your loan terms and interest rates will be much better. If you have a lower score, you’ll be assigned a higher interest rate, since the risk is greater for the lender. If your score is low enough, you may not even be approved for the loan or credit card. (more…)

By |2023-06-01T09:51:08-05:00May 25th, 2023|Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Myths, Financial, Personal Finance|

Bankruptcy Do’s and Don’ts

bankruptcy tips for Dallas residentsIf you’re on our site, you’re either considering bankruptcy or in the process of filing. Don’t be intimidated – we help tons of Dallas-Fort Worth area families just like you with bankruptcy cases every year. It’s an unfortunate truth of life – sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Sometimes, all it takes is one financial bump in the road – an unexpected job loss, a salary reduction, or a large medical expense – and you’ll be forced to file for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy laws were put in place for just this reason… Everyone deserves a fresh start.

You’ll definitely want to consult with your bankruptcy attorney once you’ve decided to file, but these are a few guidelines that can help you prepare for your bankruptcy. We’ve shared several tips to help you get ready to file, so you’ll have a better understanding when you discuss your situation with your attorney.

Things to do before filing for bankruptcy

1. Take a deep breath and try to relax. Filing for bankruptcy is a scary process, and most people are incredibly stressed out from the overwhelming debt and relentless calls from debt collectors. Your bankruptcy attorney is there to help you through the process. They’ll help explain the process so you understand what’s happening and what’s coming in the future. Take a deep breath and think about how much better your life will be once you have a clean slate. (more…)

By |2023-05-01T11:02:43-05:00April 20th, 2023|Bankruptcy|

US Credit Card Debt Hits All-Time High – What Does That Mean For You?

Credit card debt in the United States hit a record high at the end of 2022, topping out at almost $1 trillion for the first time ever. During the last quarter of the year, delinquencies were growing at a faster and faster rate. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released data that showed overall balances growing by $61 billion over the last three months of 2022 – with a grand total of $986 billion for Q4. This was the largest increase over a single quarter since the bank started tracking changes in 1999. (more…)

By |2023-12-01T14:54:35-06:00March 20th, 2023|Bankruptcy, Debt, Financial, Personal Finance|

Struggling with debt? Here’s how to avoid bankruptcy

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Debt is pretty much a fact of life for most Americans, especially in today’s post-COVID landscape. Most families do not teach their children how to responsibly manage money, which leads to problems down the road. The majority of today’s workforce has learned money management through trial and lots of error.

It is far too easy to get overextended on your finances, and most people do not realize that they are in trouble until it’s almost too late. When you are already stretching your finances to the limit, any unexpected bump can send you down the road to bankruptcy. (more…)

By |2023-03-20T14:42:15-05:00September 29th, 2022|Bankruptcy, Debt, Personal Finance|

Should I file bankruptcy?

should i file bankruptcyWe have helped many hundreds of Dallas-area residents with their bankruptcy cases over the years, and the most common question we hear first is “Should I file bankruptcy?”

When you are drowning in uncontrollable debt, you are inevitably stressed and scared – and bankruptcy seems like a huge step to take. That is why we offer free consultations. We want to help explain every step of the process and all possible outcomes, so you will be able to make the right decision for your situation.

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of bankruptcy and ways to decide when bankruptcy might be the right decision for you.

What exactly is bankrtupcy?

The federal government established bankruptcy laws to allow individuals and businesses a way to get relief from debts that they are unable to pay back, in order to get a fresh start. The laws were created so that honest people who had unfortunate circumstances could get a clean slate and start over. (more…)

By |2022-09-01T09:07:21-05:00August 30th, 2022|Bankruptcy|

Recession 2022 – is it coming, and what does it mean?

The Great Recession hit America hard from December of 2007 to the middle of 2009, millions of US residents lost their livelihoods and homes. It was the worst economic downturn since the 1930s and the Great Depression, and it took almost a decade for the labor market to fully recover.

There are very few people still alive who remember the Great Depression, so the recession in 2008 is the only true recession that most Americans have experienced. Sure, we hit a downturn when COVID restrictions locked everything down in 2020, but that was not a true recession.

Because most people have only experienced the recession of 2008, all of the predictions of a “major” recession in 2022 have most of the population freaking out – but recessions are a perfectly normal part of business cycles. Many economists agree that a worst-case scenario is not likely in 2022. (more…)

By |2022-08-01T11:24:58-05:00August 1st, 2022|Bankruptcy, Debt, Financial|

Recent Testimonials for Rubin & Associates

testimonialsWe can talk all day long about our experience helping local Dallas residents get a fresh start through bankruptcy, but sometimes our clients say it better than we do.

Here are a few of the notes and emails we’ve received from our clients:


God Bless You –

Thank all of you for being there to see me through it, from day one until the last day.

Thank you, thank you!

– Barbara


Mark,

I wanted to thank you for taking time to meet with me in person on Tuesday 4/5. I now have a better understanding of the issues with my case. It was important to me to be able to do this, and I can’t thank you enough. Even though I’m aware that the Chapter 13 was the right decision for me, I still have some anxiety about the unknown. You answered all my questions and broadened my understanding of how these things work. It can be very complicated for a lay-person, and I appreciate your plain English.

I’m glad I have you representing me!

Thanks again,

Joey


Thank you so much… PRAISE GOD and Mark Rubin and Associates!!! A HUGE SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KELLI JOHNSON – now it bought me time… I’ve got connection to guy/friend who does home equity loans for those that are challenged. Says he should be able to get it done for me for 50-60k. I’d pay off bankruptcy stuff with it – what do I need to start doing or do is my next question? THANKS AGAIN MY ANGEL KELLI

Craig

By |2022-06-01T11:05:43-05:00May 12th, 2022|Texas Bankruptcy|

What not to do before filing for bankruptcy

what-not-to-do-before-bankruptcyWhile most of our potential clients ask about what’s involved in a bankruptcy case, and what they need to do when they are filing, many forget to ask what NOT to do… And the things you shouldn’t do before filing are just as important as what comes afterward.

In fact, there are several things you could do before your bankruptcy case that could cause major complications – and could possibly even cause your case to be denied!

As we always say, the most important thing to do when considering bankruptcy is to meet with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. The advice and guidance you will receive are vital to avoiding bumps in the road during your case.

So, for anyone out there who is considering bankruptcy and has not talked to an experienced attorney yet, here are the five most important things you should avoid doing before you file for bankruptcy: (more…)

By |2022-06-01T11:28:34-05:00February 24th, 2022|Bankruptcy, Debt|

Mortgage forbearance ending – how do you keep your house?

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We are coming up on two years of the COVID-19 pandemic – clearly, no one thought it would last this long. Many Dallas-area residents have had to take significant pay cuts or have even lost their jobs. Our firm has helped hundreds of DFW residents get a fresh start after COVID-related problems caused unmanageable debt, but many other people in the area are still struggling.

Most of the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums have ended recently, so many Dallas residents are wondering how they’re going to keep their homes. Rubin & Associates is here to help! We have put together this blog post to help answer some of the common questions we’re hearing about the end of mortgage forbearance. (more…)

By |2022-06-01T10:57:28-05:00November 30th, 2021|Bankruptcy|
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