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Sears Granted Another Chance by Bankruptcy Judge

A judge has granted a $5.2 billion plan to Sears chairman and shareholder Eddie Lampert in an effort to keep the business going. Lampert's plan managed to overcome opposition from creditors, including suppliers and mall owners, who pushed to block the sale and liquidate. Even with this reprieve, the long-term survival of the decades-old company remains in question.

Lampert has yet to offer any specific plans, although Sears faces stiff competition from Amazon, Walmart, and Target. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall. Any time a Chapter 11 bankruptcy is filed, it often makes the news because this bankruptcy is used by large corporations when they fall into financial trouble. Other corporations, such as United Airlines and General Motors, have also filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in recent years.

Who can be a Debtor in a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and How Does a Case Start?

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How can I Stop the IRS From Garnishing My Wages?

When your paycheck is garnished by the either the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Workforce Development, or the courts, it can wreak financial havoc in your otherwise stable life. Furthermore, becoming gainfully employed should you lose your current job will be nearly impossible. Although, according to law, employers are not allowed to discriminate against an employee suffering from wage garnishment, disclosing that information on an application before you are hired may raise red flags. On the other hand, if you lie about your wage garnishment on an application to your employer, you could suffer consequences for not being honest.

Ignoring outstanding credit card debt, receiving overpayments in unemployment insurance due to fraud or failure to report earnings, owing back taxes, and unpaid child support or alimony payments can all lead to a wage garnishment. As a result, many people are often embarrassed by the negativity attached to a garnishment and will refuse to seek professional help with their financial situation. Others may feel hopeless about their situation and believe that there is actually no help for their problem. Realistically speaking, ignoring your financial situation may or may not have been the reason that you are suffering from a garnishment to begin with. However, you can stop your wage garnishment and end your financial suffering.

How can I Get Help With My Garnishment?

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Chicago Residents Sue the City After Being Forced into Bankruptcy

Traffic ticket prices have skyrocketed in Chicago since Mayor Rahm Emmanuel agreed to spike citations from $120 to $200. Statements from the mayor say that the surge in traffic citation prices will bring $16 million much-needed dollars to the city of Chicago. However, the citations managed to only generate a few million dollars and forced thousands of already disadvantaged residents into filing for bankruptcy to cope with the debt. As a result, unpaid traffic citations have contributed to an explosion in Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings in Chicago. Collectively, drivers owe $275 million dollars in traffic tickets since 2012. In an effort to fight back, residents filed a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that the price of traffic citations exceeds the state cap of $250 per ticket.

What Does it Mean to File for Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is designed for individuals who are overwhelmed with debt and cannot find a way to pay. The right to file for bankruptcy is provided by federal law and is given to all persons. Filing bankruptcy immediately stops creditors from seeking to collect debts from you until your debt is settled as according to the law. For instance, filing for bankruptcy in Illinois can:

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Keeping Yourself Accountable as You Recover from Bankruptcy

There is only one person in charge of your financial recovery after completing the bankruptcy process - you. If you do not make an effort to change your financial habits and hold yourself accountable for your own budgeting, saving, and spending, you will quickly find yourself facing the same debt problems that drove you to bankruptcy in the first place. Of course, an unexpected accident or loss of your job could put unanticipated stress on your finances, but if you practice healthy financial habits, an issue like this can be less destructive than it would be for somebody without these habits.

There are many ways you can hold yourself accountable for your financial choices. Take the following into consideration as you prepare to close your bankruptcy case.

Sign Up for a Credit Monitoring Service or Budgeting App

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Couple Files for Bankruptcy After Hurricane Fraud Conviction

A Texas pastor and his wife who had been convicted of hurricane fraud in August of 2017 filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy just a few months later in an effort to alleviate the stress of the debts they are facing. The couple stated that their debt liabilities are between $500,000 and $1 million and that their assets are worth about the same as their debt.

Bankruptcy is a tool that individuals and companies can use to reduce their debt loads and repay their creditors. Like any other tool, bankruptcy can be used in ethically questionable ways, such as filing for protection in an attempt to avoid making certain payments.

What is Hurricane Fraud?

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