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Alice Elaine Bower Lawyer

Alice Elaine Bower

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Consumer Bankruptcy

I have been practicing law in Fort Worth, Texas since 1980. During the first few years of my legal career, I practiced in several areas of law before ... (more)

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Dwain Downing

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Wills & Probate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Divorce, Credit & Debt
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Ted Machi

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Accident & Injury, Bankruptcy, Social Security -- Disability, Personal Injury

Ted Machi is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For over thirty years, he has helped the little gu... (more)

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Lauren  Powell Lawyer

Lauren Powell

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Family Law, Bankruptcy
National Board Certification In Consumer Bankruptcy

At Powell Law Offices, P.C. we are client-focused and results-driven! We care about, listen to, and fight for our clients. Call us for your free consu... (more)

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Shelly  Terrill Lawyer

Shelly Terrill

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Family Law, Bankruptcy

Attorney Shelly Terrill is the former Staff Attorney for the Plano Chapter 13 Trustee, and has over 25 years of experience representing individuals an... (more)

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Michael J. Hanners Lawyer

Michael J. Hanners

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Consumer Bankruptcy, Asbestos & Mesothelioma, Wrongful Death

Michael Hanners is a skilled litigator who has devoted the last 20 years of his legal career to representing workers injured by exposure to asbestos... (more)

Eric J. Engel Lawyer

Eric J. Engel

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Divorce & Family Law, Consumer Bankruptcy, Dissolution, Collection

Eric attended both Gonzaga and Seattle University Schools of Law. During law school, Eric earned a spot on the prestigious Law Review team where he be... (more)

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Theodore Mack

Dispute Resolution, Agribusiness, Corporate, Bankruptcy
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Scot Pierce

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Estate Planning, Family Law
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Construction, Family Law, Corporate, Bankruptcy
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LEGAL TERMS

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

The trustee's fee, the debtor's attorney fees, and other costs of bringing a bankruptcy case that a debtor must pay in full in a Chapter 13 repayment plan. Admi... (more...)
The trustee's fee, the debtor's attorney fees, and other costs of bringing a bankruptcy case that a debtor must pay in full in a Chapter 13 repayment plan. Administrative costs are typically 10% of the debtor's total payments under the plan.

TRADE NAME

The official name of a business, the one it uses on its letterhead and bank account when not dealing with consumers.

GUARANTOR

A person who makes a legally binding promise to either pay another person's debt or perform another person's duty if that person defaults or fails to perform. T... (more...)
A person who makes a legally binding promise to either pay another person's debt or perform another person's duty if that person defaults or fails to perform. The guarantor gives a 'guaranty,' which is an assurance that the debt or other obligation will be fulfilled.

COLLECTION AGENCY

A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the d... (more...)
A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the debt themselves, typically through letters (called 'dunning' letters) and telephone calls. Collection agencies are regulated by the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Unfortunately, too many collectors ignore this law.

NUISANCE FEES

Money charged by some credit card companies to increase their profits when you fail to use the card the way the creditor wants. Examples include late payment fe... (more...)
Money charged by some credit card companies to increase their profits when you fail to use the card the way the creditor wants. Examples include late payment fees, inactivity fees and fees for not carrying a balance from month to month. It's best to shop around and get rid of cards that have these fees attached.

BULK SALES LAW

A law that regulates the transfer of business assets so that business owners cannot dispose of assets in order to avoid creditors. If a business owner wants to ... (more...)
A law that regulates the transfer of business assets so that business owners cannot dispose of assets in order to avoid creditors. If a business owner wants to conduct a bulk sale of business assets -- that is, get rid of an unusually large amount of inventory, merchandise or equipment -- the business owner must typically publish a notice of the sale and give written notice to creditors. Then, the owner must set up an account to hold the funds from the sale for a brief period of time during which creditors may make claims against the money. The prohibition against bulk sales is spelled out in the Uniform Commercial Code -- and laws modeled on the UCC have been generally adopted throughout the country.

PREFERENCE

A payment made by a debtor to a creditor within a defined period prior to filing for bankruptcy -- within three months for arms-length creditors (regular commer... (more...)
A payment made by a debtor to a creditor within a defined period prior to filing for bankruptcy -- within three months for arms-length creditors (regular commercial creditors) and within one year for insider creditors (friends, family members, and business associates). Because a preference gives the creditor who received the payment an edge over other creditors in the bankruptcy case, the trustee can recover the preference (the amount of the payment) and distribute it among all of the creditors.

NONPROFIT CORPORATION

A legal structure authorized by state law allowing people to come together to either benefit members of an organization (a club, or mutual benefit society) or f... (more...)
A legal structure authorized by state law allowing people to come together to either benefit members of an organization (a club, or mutual benefit society) or for some public purpose (such as a hospital, environmental organization or literary society). Nonprofit corporations, despite the name, can make a profit, but the business cannot be designed primarily for profit-making purposes, and the profits must be used for the benefit of the organization or purpose the corporation was created to help. When a nonprofit corporation dissolves, any remaining assets must be distributed to another nonprofit, not to board members. As with for-profit corporations, directors of nonprofit corporations are normally shielded from personal liability for the organization's debts. Some nonprofit corporations qualify for a federal tax exemption under _ 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the result that contributions to the nonprofit are tax deductible by their donors.

ABUSE

Misuse of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy remedy. This term is typically applied to Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings that should have been filed under Chapter 13, because ... (more...)
Misuse of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy remedy. This term is typically applied to Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings that should have been filed under Chapter 13, because the debtor appears to have enough disposable income to fund a Chapter 13 repayment plan.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Ferguson v. BUILDING MATERIALS

... Clair Newbern, Fort Worth, TX, for Amicus Curiae. PER CURIAM. At issue in this appeal is whether the plaintiffs in a personal injury suit should be estopped from pursuing their claim because they initially omitted it as a listed asset in a pending bankruptcy. ...

Graber v. Fuqua

... 2240, 135 L.Ed.2d 700 (1996)). IV. Federal Law Occupies the Field of Bankruptcy and Preempts State Law. ... Id. C. The Required Uniformity of Bankruptcy Laws Mitigates Against Development of State Common Law Claims for Misconduct in Bankruptcy Proceedings. ...

Unifund CCR Partners v. Villa

... Villa later filed for bankruptcy, and his debts were discharged. In his bankruptcy filing, Villa listed Bank One, not Unifund, as creditor on the credit card debt. After Villa's bankruptcy, Unifund sued Villa on the debt. Villa answered ...

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