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Surviving Bankruptcy

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ISBN-10: 0028642139

ISBN-13: 9780028642130

Edition: 2002

Authors: James R. Beaman, Carol Costa

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Carol Costais a professional writer with a background in accounting, taxes, and real estate. She currently serves as the treasurer of two non-profit organizations and is responsible for all accounting functions. She is the co-author of Alpha Teach Yourself Accounting in 24 Hoursand The Complete Idiots Guide� to Surviving Bankruptcy, and the author of several nonfiction books and novels.

The Credit Cards Are Stacked Against You
You're Not a Loser
Hold Your Head High
Take a Long, Hard Look at Your Debts
See What You Can Cut
Is Bankruptcy in Your Future?
Taking Appropriate Action
Don't Be Intimidated
Creditors Have Rules to Follow
Late Notices Aren't Hate Mail
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Promises, Promises
Leave the Juggling to the Circus Acts
Consider Some Options
Don't Stay in Debtors' Prison
Are You Still Paying for Your Education?
Other Loans and Groans
Trade and Save
The IRS Doesn't Pay Interest
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Examine Your Options
Lenders Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Debt Counselors Work for You
How Do You Spell Relief? B-A-N-K-R-U-P-T-C-Y
Understanding Bankruptcy Laws
You Must Make a Federal Case Out of This
Creditors Must Cease and Desist
Study the Chapters
A New Estate and State of Mind
The Role of the Bankruptcy Trustee
Chapter 7 Is a Rescue from Hard Times
Other Types of Bankruptcy
Chapter 11--A New Opportunity
Do It Yourself or Leave It to the Court
Chapter 13--A Plan for Wage Earners
Chapter 20--7 + 13 = 20
A Special Chapter for Family Farmers
Choosing the Right Chapter
Getting It All Together
What Is Truly Yours?
Determine Your Net Worth
Look at Your Bottom Line
Which Chapter Is Right for You?
A Fool for a Client
Advice Based on Your Overall Financial Picture
Community Property
Deciding on a Chapter
Take the Time to Devise a Strategy
You've Studied the Chapter, Now You're Buying the Book
Beginning the Bankruptcy Process
Work It Out on Paper
So Many Questions
Transfers, Losses, and Lawsuits
Organizing Your Records
Continuing the Bankruptcy Process
Your Forms Are Taking Shape
Checking with Uncle Sam
Other Verifying Documents
Planning Your Bankruptcy Case
Spend Any Excess Cash
The Best Laid Plans
Get a New Car
Intangible Assets
Differences in a Chapter 13 Filing
Planning Your Bankruptcy Strategy
Redemptions and Reaffirmations
Redeeming Offers
Keeping the Homestead
Autos and Other Assets
Keep Your Objectivity
Timing Is Everything
Chapter 7 Filers
Chapter 11 Filers
Chapter 13 Filers
All Chapters
Other Timing Issues
Your Day in Court
Filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition
Creditors Seeking Relief
Keeping House and Home Intact
Comparing State Exemptions
Nonexempt Property
Filing a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition
Debtor Stays in Charge
Creditors Are Involved
Working with the Creditors
The Plan
Getting the Plan Approved
Accommodating Business Matters
Filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petition
Creditors Speak Up
Remember Your Co-Signers
Presenting a Plan to the Court
The Seal of Approval
Final Page of Chapter 13
The Actual Court Appearance
Chapter 7 Meets With or Without Creditors
Chapter 11 Filers May Not Get Off So Easy
Chapter 13 Filers and Unsecured Creditors
A Creditor's Right to Confront the Debtor
Duties of the Bankruptcy Trustee
Who Is the Trustee?
The Trustee's Role in Chapter 7
When a Trustee Is Assigned to Chapter 11
The Trustee's Role in a Chapter 13 Filing
That's All, Folks
Chapters Should Have Happy Endings
You Could Be in the Newspaper
The Last Few Steps for Chapter 7
Reaching the End of Chapter 13
Drawing Chapter 11 to a Close
The Official Discharge of Debt
The IRS and the Discharge of Debts
Relief Is Like a Security Blanket
Your Own Happy Ending
Preparing to Start Over
Life After Bankruptcy
You and Your Credit Report
Your Credit History Is Still Riddled with Holes
What's on Your Report?
Cleaning Up Your Credit Report
Try to Stay Still
Exceptions
New Credit Accounts
Credit Card Offers
How About a New Car?
Can You Buy a House?
VA and FHA Loans
Prequalifying for Your Home Loan
Don't Let Turn-Downs Get You Down
Making a Fresh Start
Rebuilding Your Credit Rating
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
No Wild Shopping Sprees
Establish an Emergency Fund
Your Brighter Future
The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2001
Who Will Be Eligible for Chapter 7?
A Proposed Ceiling on Homestead Exemptions
Other Proposed Amendments and Provisions
Chapter 12
New Rules for Creditors
Appendixes
Resource Directory
Glossary
Official Bankruptcy Forms
Index