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Represent Yourself, Don’t Get a Lawyer Involved, Part 2

Filing Bankruptcy Yourself

Needing a Root Canal, But Not Wanting A Dentist. So one of the things I follow, or track as the case may be, are comments from potential clients about needing help, but not wanting to get a lawyer involved.  There’s are even websites telling these folks to “represent yourself, don’t get a lawyer involved”.  For years, […]

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Law Has No Place in A Perfect World?

    Jury Verdicts, Apologies, Kangaroos,      and Perfection Law Has No Place In A Perfect World? (Random Introspections From A Criminal Defense Attorney) Along with my Bankruptcy practice here in St. Louis, Missouri, I am a Trial Attorney. In most cases, I represent people who have been accused by the government (Either the State of Missouri […]

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Lawyer Language

Lawyer Lingo Guide to Navigating The Ridiculous Nonsense That Lawyers Speak. “W” is for “What?” Be it in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Personal Injury or Divorce, lawyers do love to use “lawyer lingo”. We use words like “Re-Rec” and “nolle prosequi”, and speak in terms of Form 14’s, pre-auths, SIS’ and SES’, rather than just saying […]

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Paying Back Friends or Relatives

Paying Back Friends or Relatives Before Filing I can payback Granny before I file, can’t I? No, and Don’t Borrow Money From Relatives. Remember, you’re likely not going to be able “borrow” your way out of debt at this point. If you’re reading this, and considering borrowing money from relatives, it’s probably for the purpose […]

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Senior Citizens Filing Bankruptcy

Financial Crisis – Senior Citizens: Retirement and Bankruptcy “They’ll Take My House, and I Wanted The Kids To Get It Someday” Retirement Wasn’t Suppose to be Like This:   It’s the side of bankruptcy you usually don’t see or think about, the side that is little discussed; senior citizens filing bankruptcy. It’s also the fastest growing […]

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Do I Make Too Much to File Bankruptcy?


Calculating Income in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Answering the Question of: Do I Make Too Much? I hear this question on a regular basis; “Do I make too much to file?”  Although the question seems basic, the answer is actually quite complex. I wanted to write this article to answer an initial consideration, before the above […]

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Suspended Imposition of Sentence in Missouri

Is a Suspended Imposition of Sentence on my Criminal Record? A Suspended Imposition of Sentence, or “SIS” as it’s commonly referred to, is a hybrid disposition, and common tool used in Missouri as a means of ending criminal cases. Essentially, it is an agreement between the parties (generally the Defendant and the Prosecutor) that allows everyone to […]

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Life After Bankruptcy

Life After Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Discharge Granted, Now What? Your Fresh Start has occurred, and everything seems oddly quiet.  All is good, totally good!   It’s the notion of the “fresh start” or the “New Beginning”, and frankly, it’s the weight that’s been taken off your shoulder, the stress is no more, the family financial […]

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