Entries by Padgett & Robertson

Bankruptcies Decrease Despite Economic Downturn

Many people assumed that the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic would force a lot of people into bankruptcy. However, statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts show a significant drop in the number of people filing for bankruptcy in 2020 compared to 2019. Annual bankruptcy filings in calendar year 2020 totaled 544,463, […]

Seller Beware: Just Because The Market Is Hot Doesn’t Mean Bankruptcy Filers Should Sell Their Property

The real estate market in Alabama is hot right now. Tight inventory and low-interest rates make it a seller’s market. While it may be tempting to sell off any property you have in order to take advantage of the good prices sellers are getting, anyone who has recently filed for bankruptcy or is considering filing, should be cautious. […]

A Meeting Of Creditors

A group of bees is called a swarm. A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash. A group of hyenas is called a cackle. We’re not sure if there is an official term for a group of creditors, but we suggest “a headache.” In all seriousness, getting a filer’s creditors together is part of every bankruptcy […]

Are Student Loans Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?

In 2020, student loan debt across the United States hit a whopping $1.56 trillion. Yes, trillion. This 1.56 trillion-dollar burden is borne by 45 million Americans. The only consumer debt category higher than student loans is mortgages. Credit card and automotive debt are dwarfed by student loan debt. The class of 2018 graduated with an […]

5 Possible Alternatives to Foreclosure on Your House

Being delinquent on your mortgage is a scary time. You’re faced with potentially losing your home at a time when stability is what you need. In 2008, U.S. mortgage foreclosures spiked as a result of overextended lending and poor credit standards. Currently, millions of Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payments due to the […]

Bankruptcy Is Not A Moral Failure

When P.T. Barnum, the king of curiosities and co-founder of the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Earth,” went bankrupt, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that it showed the gods to be “visible again.” Emerson and many others were pleased that Barnum was in financial trouble because they disapproved of his money-making tactics. Emerson’s attempt to tie Barnum’s […]