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Taxes in Bankruptcy: The Most Important Thing South Carolina Taxpayers Can Do

By Lex Rogerson | June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson When is a tax return not a return? When the IRS files the tax return for you. Lots of things can affect whether South Carolina taxpayers can discharge past years’ income taxes…

Filing Bankruptcy: What If I Have Moved?

By Lex Rogerson | May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson In bankruptcy, your domicile affects where you file your case and what exemptions you can use. Joe and Susan had recently moved to Columbia from Arizona when they came to see me about bankruptcy. …

The Power of Chapter 13

By Lex Rogerson | May 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson While past-due taxes and domestic relations obligations may or may not survive bankruptcy, chapter 13 can provide powerful tools to ward off the havoc they can wreak on a debtor’s life. As my Columbia…

Bankruptcy and Senior Citizens

By Lex Rogerson | May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Columbia-Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson An increasing segment of those filing bankruptcy here in the Columbia area are elderly, and their cases can involve special concerns. As a baby boomer primarily responsible for the care of a 99-year-old parent,…

Bankruptcy Exemptions in South Carolina–The Numbers

By Lex Rogerson | May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson What you can protect in bankruptcy is usually limited to certain kinds of property and certain dollar amounts — but not always. In a number of articles, we’ve discussed in general what exemptions are and why…

South Carolina Bankruptcy Judge: Home Held in Trust Not Entitled to Homestead Exemption

By Lex Rogerson | April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

A South Carolina resident can usually protect over $56,000 of value in a home from creditors.  But if he decides to plan what happens to his property at death using a living trust, that protection disappears, according to a recent…

Wells Fargo Properly Penalized $3 Million for Diverting Bankruptcy Payments

By Lex Rogerson | April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Written by Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson Louisiana federal court affirms punitive damages bankruptcy judge imposed for regularly misapplying mortgage payments and taking illegal fees. Nationwide mortgage lender Wells Fargo Home Mortgage must pay $3.17 million in punitive damages to a bankruptcy debtor who fell victim to its…

Removing Barriers to Bankruptcy Relief, Part Two: Constructively Fraudulent Transfers

By Lex Rogerson | April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Written by Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson Filing bankruptcy after a substantial gift or other no-price transfer requires careful advance planning. Bankruptcy rules designed to discourage fraud can sometimes pose a trap for debtors and those they care about. In rare cases, the…

Removing Barriers to Bankruptcy Relief, Part One: Non-Exempt Property

By Lex Rogerson | April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Written by Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson Many different pieces of your financial picture can mean bankruptcy is not advisable.  Some of them can be fixed. As a consumer bankruptcy lawyer, I regularly advise people who need debt relief but…

Common Mistakes in Responding to Creditor Harassment

By Lex Rogerson | January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Columbia – Lexington Bankruptcy Attorney Lex Rogerson How you respond to collection calls can make debt problems much worse — whether or not you eventually decide to file bankruptcy. As a bankruptcy lawyer, I often see clients who have been pressured…

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