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Mattoon Bankruptcy Lawyer, Illinois
Includes: Bankruptcy Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Dissolution


Ernest Lee Waite

Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Traffic
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

David Charles Nelson

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  45 Years

Ernest Waite

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

William D Mcgrath

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Bankruptcy, Civil Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  36 Years

James A. Bennett

Contract, Bankruptcy, Wills & Probate, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

Judy Baker

Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy, Collection, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Karen Fuqua

Criminal, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  37 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN

A type of pension plan that does not guarantee any particular pension amount upon retirement. Instead, the employer pays into the pension fund a certain amount ... (more...)
A type of pension plan that does not guarantee any particular pension amount upon retirement. Instead, the employer pays into the pension fund a certain amount every month, or every year, for each employee. The employer usually pays a fixed percentage of an employee's wages or salary, although sometimes the amount is a fraction of the company's profits, with the size of each employee's pension share depending on the amount of wage or salary. Upon retirement, each employee's pension is determined by how much was contributed to the fund on behalf of that employee over the years, plus whatever earnings that money has accumulated as part of the investments of the entire pension fund.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE (CCCS)

A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily fu... (more...)
A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily funded by voluntary donations from the creditors that receive payments from debtors repaying their debts through that office. Despite this criticism, most CCCS counselors provide clients with thorough and neutral advice.

WORKOUT

A debtor's plan to take care of a debt, by paying it off or through loan forgiveness. Workouts are often created to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings.

LIEN

The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortg... (more...)
The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortgages, home equity loans, car loans and personal loans for which you pledge property to guarantee repayment. Liens created without your consent are called nonconsensual liens, and include judgment liens (liens filed by a creditor who has sued you and obtained a judgment), tax liens and mechanics liens (liens filed by a contractor who worked on your house but wasn't paid).

FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT (FCRA)

A federal law that is designed to prevent inaccurate or obsolete information from entering or remaining in a credit report. The law requires credit bureaus to a... (more...)
A federal law that is designed to prevent inaccurate or obsolete information from entering or remaining in a credit report. The law requires credit bureaus to adopt reasonable procedures for gathering, maintaining and disseminating information and bars credit bureaus from reporting negative information that is older than seven years, except a bankruptcy, which may be reported for ten. If you notify a credit bureau of an error in your credit report, the FCRA requires the bureau to investigate your allegations within 30 days, review all information you provide, remove inaccurate and unverified information and adopt procedures to keep the information from reappearing. In addition, the law requires that creditors refrain from reporting incorrect information to credit bureaus.

SECURED DEBT

A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collater... (more...)
A debt on which a creditor has a lien. The creditor can institute a foreclosure or repossession to take the property identified by the lien, called the collateral, to satisfy the debt if you default. Compare unsecured debt.

FRAUDULENT TRANSFER

In a bankruptcy case, a transfer of property to another for less than the property's value for the purpose of hiding the property from the bankruptcy trustee --... (more...)
In a bankruptcy case, a transfer of property to another for less than the property's value for the purpose of hiding the property from the bankruptcy trustee -- for instance, when a debtor signs a car over to a relative to keep it out of the bankruptcy estate. Fraudulently transferred property can be recovered and sold by the trustee for the benefit of the creditors.

CHAPTER 13 PLAN

A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to ... (more...)
A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to pay all mandatory debts -- for example, back child support, taxes, and mortgage arrearages -- as well as some or all unsecured, nonpriority debts, such as medical and credit card bills.

DEBT COLLECTOR

A person who works in the in-house collections department of an original creditor or a collection agency to track down debtors and get them to pay what they owe... (more...)
A person who works in the in-house collections department of an original creditor or a collection agency to track down debtors and get them to pay what they owe. Debt collectors can be relentless, often using scare tactics, humiliation and repeated phone calls to extract payments or promises to pay.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Economy Fire & Cas. Co. v. Brumfield

... Appellees and Cross-Appellants, v. Hollis L. BRUMFIELD, Defendant and Counterplaintiff- Appellant and Cross-Appellee, and Michael J. Drewes; Constance Drewes; Beau Drewes; Zachary Fitzpatrick; Dan Fitzpatrick; Cindy Fitzpatrick; Steve Miller, Trustee in Bankruptcy for the ...

Seip v. Rogers Raw Materials Fund, LP

... Upon learning this, Beeland immediately sought to have the assets transferred either to Refco, LLC, or back to the original brokerage accounts. D. Refco Bankruptcy and the Special Redemption Letter. ... (2006)). Refco, LLC, filed for bankruptcy as well in November 2005. ...

Giannini v. Kumho Tire USA, Inc.

... While there are no Illinois cases addressing the stay granted in Rule 306, Garbe Iron Works held that the two-year statute of limitations for filing a mechanics' lien foreclosure was tolled by the automatic stay provision contained in the Federal Bankruptcy Act (11 USC § 362(a)(1 ...