Category Archives for "Blog"

Jul 23

Credit Reporting Agencies and Liability of Debts

Blog , Credit & Credit Scores

Credit reporting agencies (CRA) do not determine whether or not you are liable for a debt.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was designed to ensure that credit information is accurate.  Credit reporting agencies are required to investigate any disputes alleged by consumers and to correct any errors if the investigation does not validate the […]

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Jul 16

Expect Apple and Cherry Prices to Rise


Covid-19 has already impacted a lot of commodity prices, due to supply line disruption.  Now add apples and sweet cherries to that list. The Yakima Valley in Washington State is one of our nation’s leading producing areas for these fruits.  Over $1 billion worth of crops is produced each year.  But this year coronavirus is […]

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Jun 25

Move Fast … Because Timing Can Be Everything


A prospective client contacted me and wanted to be able to continue with a foreclosure action against a defendant who had filed bankruptcy.  The client was anxious to move quickly, as he was not receiving his payments under the purchase contract.  As soon as I reviewed the bankruptcy court docket and information, I saw that […]

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Jun 16

Push the Case . . .Or the Case Will Push You


I was speaking with a younger lawyer, who complained to me that her case was not moving as quickly as she would like.  Her client had a claim which she wanted to pursue, and had filed suit, but the court was not moving the case along.  I explained to her that such delays do not […]

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May 21

Question: How should my vehicle ownership be listed on Schedule A/B and as an exemption on Schedule C in Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy , General Bankruptcy

I’m filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy pro se because I cannot afford a lawyer. I am working with a non-profit organization called Upsolve to complete my paperwork, but their help in regards to my vehicle is confusing me. On Schedule A/B under Part 2 (Describe your vehicles) my vehicle’s total value is listed (about $13000). […]

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May 13

Attorneys Provide Essential Services


We may not think about attorneys as people who provide essential services.  They don’t produce food or electricity or keep us happy.  And we have all heard the lawyer jokes.  But legal services are designated as essential services, and many lawyers have essential roles to play in this pandemic.  Attorney Matt Underwood is helping elderly […]

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Apr 28

How to Prepare for the Post-Pandemic Legal World

Blog , Financial Problems

Many lawyers are worried about the future.  They are worried about their practices, which are their businesses, and whether they can survive the current pandemic.  Others are confident that they can keep their practices intact, or at least continue at a reduced level, but are concerned about what the future will look like.  How will […]

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Apr 22

Stay Flexible in Times of Crisis

Blog , General Bankruptcy

When your business or your finances are under pressure, there are always measures that can be taken to help.  We do this all the time for our clients.  But the COVID-19 pandemic presents an unusual situation.  We do not know how long or how severe the outbreak will last.  With no horizon to look to, […]

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