Newland Law Centers, LLC
Services available in
Cook and Lake County

Experienced, Quality and Caring Representation.

Blog

Our Practice Areas

Can I keep my home if I file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Written by Charles Newland

pNiceHome_shutterstock_150435080When dealing with the prospect of bankruptcy, people are forced to make crucial decisions that will have a large impact on their lives. According to the U.S. Courts, 936,795 Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2014. Approximately 310,051 of the cases filed that year were Chapter 13, which is the second most common form of bankruptcy next to Chapter 7. A bankruptcy attorney in McHenry knows that one of the main benefits of filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that people are generally able to retain their homes. Read More

Will bankruptcy ruin my credit rating?

Written by Charles Newland

illustration of cartoon drowning businessman with money chain on his leg in disaster because of greed concept

For Americans who are overwhelmed with financial debt, bankruptcy offers a way for people to gain a fresh financial start. Over one million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2013, according to the U.S. Courts. While this option may not be ideal for every person suffering with extensive debt, it can transform the lives of others. Many people avoid filing for bankruptcy because of the negative effect that it will have on their credit score, a fact known by a bankruptcy attorney in Cook County.

Read More

Medical debt leading cause of personal bankruptcy

Written by Charles Newland

When people think about bankruptcy filings, they commonly think about credit card debt, loans that can no longer be paid and frivolous spending habits, among other things. In some cases, these factors may contribute to people filing for bankruptcy in Illinois, and elsewhere. However, the Huffington Post reports that medical expenses are the number one reason why people file for personal bankruptcy. Read More

Is it possible to avoid probate in Illinois?

Written by Charles Newland

pGavelAndLawbooks_4469868_sAn Illinois man retired to Florida after a successful career as a physician. However, according to the Miami Herald, he did not have much time to relax. His wealthy mother-in-law’s estate was left to lawyers and court-appointed guardians in the probate process. Her children became embattled, fighting over accounts and assets. The man started an organization regarding probate guardianship in the hopes of preventing the situation from happening to others.

Read More

Zombie titles and foreclosure: Are you a victim?

Written by Charles Newland

Bank Owned Foreclosure.When homeowners embark on the bankruptcy process with the help of their Illinois bankruptcy lawyer, they often quickly pack up and move out of their home after receiving a foreclosure notice. When this occurs, many homeowners believe that their lender will take over the property. However, in some situations, the bank does not complete the process and the property’s title remains in the absent homeowner’s name, allowing it to become a zombie title.

Read More

Debtors’ Ability to Strip Liens in Bankruptcy

Written by Charles Newland

luxury homeA “lien” is an interest, taken by a creditor, in the real or personal property of the debtor, for the purpose of securing a debt or a loan. Liens can be voluntary, such as home mortgages, or involuntary, such as a judgment or a tax lien. Lien holders, or “secured creditors,” are guaranteed repayment of the debt or loan, even when the debtor files for bankruptcy. Thus, lien rights survive bankruptcy, but only to the extent that the lien is not “stripped down” or avoided. Read More

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Does Not Discharge Consumer Debts Owed For Luxury Goods

Written by Charles Newland

pBoatFromAbove_10179931_sChapter 7 Bankruptcy, also called “straight bankruptcy,” generally discharges all debts incurred prior to the debtor’s filing, and is intended to provide an individual debtor with the relief necessary to make a fresh start. However, not all debts are dischargeable under Chapter 7. Among the exceptions to discharge are certain last-minute consumer debts owed by an individual debtor for “luxury goods or services.”
Read More

Free Consultation

We represent clients in Arlington Heights, Chicago, the Northwest Suburbs, and Lake County. Contact our office at (847)797-9300 to schedule a free consultation.

Cook County OFFICE

3601 W Algonquin RD, STE 990
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

LAKE COUNTY OFFICE

728 Florsheim Dr
Libertyville, Illinois 60048

CONTACT US

Phone: (847) 797-9300
Fax: (847) 797-9301