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My friend cosigned for a defaulted loan. Should he declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

DON'T talk to the creditor. DON'T trash your other good credit. DON'T declare bankruptcy for a good while. The IRA is protected. Protect it. First and foremost, the IRA is untouchable in MD. ...
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I am an EU resident being contacted about stock I own in a defunct company by a supposedly US based lawyer, is this a scam?

A bit of detective work. The website lists no names for the firm. Any business, doctor, lawyer, etc, is at least going to tell you who the main partners are. The site itself looks like a generic ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

Can I be debt free or should I file bankruptcy There's no reason to file bankruptcy with $64k in debt and a $80K net salary. You can get out of debt in 1-2 years if you're willing to sacrifice. The ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

You need to change the way you think. First, understand compounding. Not just intellectually, but viscerally. You need to develop an aversion to spending borrowed money. A debt with 22% APR ...
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If a bank fails, will debt be wiped out?

No, your debt is an asset. In bankruptcy assets might be sold off (there are different flavors of bankruptcy and they don't all involve complete asset liquidation). Your debt would either remain with ...
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Opportunity to buy Illinois bonds that can never default?

"Can't declare bankruptcy" isn't the same as "can't default". Bankruptcy is a specific legal process for discharging or restructuring debts. If Illinois can't declare bankruptcy, that means it will ...
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Options for paying for a nonreturnable leased vehicle

Unfortunately this is going to land in her mother's lap. Since she is a cosigner on the lease she is just as responsible as your girlfriend for paying the return value. Both of them would have to ...
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Why don't most people file Chapter 7 every 8 years?

You could get away with stealing some money doing this. However, there are mechanisms in place to limit the damage you could do. First, you need to have good credit in the first place before you will ...
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How to protect an employee's wages before the company declares bankruptcy?

When a company files for bankruptcy there is no guarantee that they will be able to satisfy any of their debts. Assuming chapter 7 bankruptcy, the employees with unpaid wages become creditors. Assets ...
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Why do some companies choose to file for bankruptcy if it has cash to pay off its immediate debts?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of corporate bankruptcy in the US-- Chapter 11 and Chapter 7. The vast majority of bankruptcies you hear about in the news are Chapter 11 bankruptcies which ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

My income is 78K to 80K after taxes and insurance. I pay $1,500 for rent+utilities, $150 for phone bill, $450 for auto loan, $300 for auto insurance (for two people; I am helping a friend who can't ...
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I am an EU resident being contacted about stock I own in a defunct company by a supposedly US based lawyer, is this a scam?

Purely FWIW, "Does this sound legitimate?" The company no longer trades on any stock market as it is in receivership. There is no administrative board to contact, and it doesn't even have a ...
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Why don't most people file Chapter 7 every 8 years?

What you are describing is a fairly clear cut case of fraud. There is a big difference between (a) acquiring debt and subsequently being unable to pay it back, and (b) acquiring debt knowing in ...
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I am an EU resident being contacted about stock I own in a defunct company by a supposedly US based lawyer, is this a scam?

Definitely a scam. Some warning signs in the email: Please find attached the documents pertaining to the investment that you made in XXX Investment currently known as XXIT (XXX XXX Investment Trust)...
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Opportunity to buy Illinois bonds that can never default?

If Illinois cannot go bankruptcy This is missing a few, very important words, "...under current law." The United States changed the law so as to allow Puerto Rico to go into a form of bankruptcy. ...
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What happens to depositors at Silicon Valley Bank?

Update from the FDIC over the weekend: all the deposits will be made available to SVB depositors on Monday. The risk would be borne by the FDIC which will make a special assessment on its members if ...
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Why would you risk bankruptcy if you lend more money than you own?

A bank note given out by a goldsmith in that time was not just fiat money. It was actually a voucher which came with the guarantee that if it was given back to the goldsmith, that goldsmith would be ...
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What happens to the shareholders when a public company declares bankruptcy?

Under U.S. Bankruptcy Code Chapter 11, the company attempts to reorganize its business and try to become profitable again. Management continues to run the day-to-day business operations but all ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

One thing that I don't see addressed in the other answers is this: I am helping a friend who can't pay auto insurance You MUST stop this. While I understand, and applaud, the desire to help a ...
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Options for paying for a nonreturnable leased vehicle

If there is a cosigner, then bankruptcy on the part of your girlfriend won't be helpful: the mother will simply be fully responsible. The first option here should be to talk to the dealership/...
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Declaring bankruptcy when I am the primary and my son is the co-signer on his car loan

If he wants to keep the loan he needs to take you off of it (probably through refinancing). Otherwise I'm guessing it will be called and since both of you are responsible your son will be left holding ...
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What happens to depositors at Silicon Valley Bank?

I was affected by the largest bank failure. Or to be more precise, I was not. The branches didn't close (much). The web site kept working. I never lost access to my money. My auto-payments kept ...
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I am an EU resident being contacted about stock I own in a defunct company by a supposedly US based lawyer, is this a scam?

In case I provide my bank account number (IBAN number in the EU), how will they be able to abuse this? There are multiple ways. In this case, it could be that once you give the details, they will ...
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Are there "banks" (or something morally equivalent) which merely stores their clients' money and doesn't invest/lend/etc it?

We call such institutions "safe deposit boxes." There is no version of a true equivalent to a safe deposit box that is widely available to the public and accessible via an electronic ...
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Borrowing 100k, paying it to someone and then declaring bankruptcy

This is fraud and could lead to jail time. The vast majority of people cannot obtain such loans without collateral and one would have to have a healthy income and good credit to obtain that kind of ...
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If a bank fails, will debt be wiped out?

Absolutely not. Herstatt Bank went bankrupt in 1974. It took them about 20 years to collect all outstanding debt (bank going bankrupt when you have a 20 year loan means you still have 20 years to pay ...
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Someone please help with my credit situation

Looking back I have a car loan paid in full and even paid off early, and 2 personal loans paid in full from my credit union that don't seem to reflect in a positive way and all 3 were in good ...
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What happens to contractors when employer goes bankrupt?

1: no. You are among the rabble. Because you are a contractor, i.e. another business. This is part of the deal of being a contractor - you control your busienss and are responsible for your risk. And ...
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Opportunity to buy Illinois bonds that can never default?

If you give money to a person or entity, and they don't have the ability to pay you back, it doesn't matter if they are legally required to pay you.
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Borrowing 100k, paying it to someone and then declaring bankruptcy

This is called a fraudulent conveyance because its purpose is to prevent a creditor from getting repaid. It is subject to claw back under US law, which is a fancy way of saying that your friend will ...
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