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Milwaukee Bankruptcy Law Blog

Will bankruptcy end your industrial security clearance?

People from all walks of life can end up in financial trouble -- including those who work for federal agencies and contractors who have to pass a security clearances as a condition of employment. Many of those people are afraid of bankruptcy court because they're afraid that it will end their security clearance, costing them their job.

If that's your situation, you're probably struggling unnecessarily. In fact, you may actually be putting your security clearance at greater risk by not filing for bankruptcy.

Fashion retailer files for bankruptcy; affects Wisconsin stores

Women's fashion retailer Vanity has filed for bankruptcy, which will affect stores in the state of Wisconsin. The company began its going out of business sale back on March 3. All 137 of Vanity's stores in 27 states will close with the bankruptcy filing. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 1.

President and CEO of Vanity, Mickey Quinn, released the following statement:

Turning the tables on a debt collector

There are times that debt collectors cross the line and become abusive and harassing. Many know perfectly well that they're in violation of the Fair Debt Collection and Practices Act, but they're gambling that you don't know that -- or won't do anything about it.

Sometimes, that gamble backfires on them in a big way. For example, a Missouri woman endured months of harassment from a debt collector over a debt she didn't believe she owed (and she didn't). When her son got involved and pushed back, the debt collector sued the woman.

Big 3 Credit Reporting Agencies Just Announced A Big Change

Worried about your credit? New changes in credit reporting could improve your score. The big three credit reporting companies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experience just announced that they may remove reports about tax liens and civil judgments if data in them is missing specific information.

Wisconsin fireworks company owners file for Chapter 7

The owners of Bartolotta Fireworks have filed for personal bankruptcy protection. It has also been announced that the company will become part of Wolverine Fireworks. The company is based in Delafield and not associated with the Milwaukee restaurant group bearing the Bartolotta name.

The fireworks company said that it is still in business and is even booking shows for this year, including the Milwaukee Summerfest. The company holds hundreds of events each year in Wisconsin and the rest of the Upper Midwest. It is a third-generation, family-owned company.

Chapter 13 modifications: Take stock of your options carefully

What happens when you can't continue making the payments for your Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

You essentially have two choices if you want to continue to stay within the protection of the bankruptcy court: Convert to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or ask the court to modify your Chapter 13 plan and lower your monthly payment.

The advantages of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Wisconsin

Headed for bankruptcy? It does not necessarily mean the end of the road for you or your family. Choosing which bankruptcy chapter to file can make all the difference in Wisconsin. Chapter 13 bankruptcy has a ton of advantages over Chapter 7, which will be discussed in today's post.

When filing for Chapter 13, the debtor can make payments to creditors between a span of three to five years. If the monthly income of the debtor is less than the state median, the debtor will make payments to creditors over the span of three years. The court could provide the debtor with a longer repayment period if cause is present. The plan will last for five years if the debtor's monthly income is more than the state median.

Small business bankruptcy: Factors to consider first

A lot of small businesses go through hard financial times. Sometimes a brand new business has a great idea or product but it's located in the wrong market to thrive. An established business can fall on hard times when there's a sudden downward tick in the local economy.

So when do you close up shop and walk away and when do you try to reorganize your debts and ride out the slump?

Explaining the rules for Chapter 128 in Wisconsin

Filing for bankruptcy is a last ditch effort for thousands of people across the country every year and Wisconsin is no exception. Even as the economy continues to slowly improve, people are still struggling with debt and finding ways to pull out of it. An alternative to filing for bankruptcy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is Chapter 128.

Chapter 128 is very easy to file for in Wisconsin. All you need is a petition that announces you are filing for Chapter 128 and include an affidavit that lists the debts you want to reorganize. This type of filing covers all unsecured debts a person might have accrued during one's lifetime. This includes credit cards, speeding tickets, payday loans, medical bills, rent payments and late utility bills.

Building credit after bankruptcy may be easier than you think

Don't let worries about credit affect your decision to file bankruptcy. Find out how a bankruptcy is reported on your credit report and what you can do to build credit after your bankruptcy.

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