Debt-Busting Thursday! | Live Q&A with Arizona Attorney John Skiba | Summary and Q&A

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October 20, 2023
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Debt-Busting Thursday! | Live Q&A with Arizona Attorney John Skiba

TL;DR

Consumer protection attorney provides tips and strategies for dealing with serious debt problems, including debt collection lawsuits and bankruptcy.

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Key Insights

  • 🥳 Bank accounts with multiple names can lead to complications and potential loss of funds if one party experiences financial trouble.
  • 👮 Bankruptcy laws and exemptions vary by state, and recent home purchases and residency duration can affect the protection of a primary residence.
  • 🚫 Judges try to be fair but must follow court procedures and rules, which may pose challenges for pro se litigants.

Transcript

hey good evening everybody John skba here from the consumer Warrior YouTube channel uh it's Thursday night we're here like we are each and every Thursday night answering questions talking about all things debt related uh again my name is John skeba and I am a consumer protection attorney and a bankruptcy attorney in the state of Arizona and what we... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Can creditors seize funds from a minor's bank account if the parents are listed and facing financial trouble?

Yes, if the parents' names are on the account, it can be subject to seizure if they face financial difficulties. It is recommended to remove the parents' names or open separate accounts to protect the funds.

Q: How do judges view collection attorneys in court cases involving debt?

Judges generally try to be fair in their decisions, but pro se litigants (individuals representing themselves) may face challenges due to unfamiliarity with court procedures and rules. It is important to follow proper procedures and present information effectively.

Q: Can a lender sue for foreclosure if they take a loss on a house?

If a lender forecloses on a house and there is a deficiency balance (remaining debt), they can pursue legal action to collect it. However, anti-deficiency laws in some states protect homeowners from being sued for the deficiency balance on their primary residence.

Q: Can a Chapter 7 bankruptcy result in the loss of a primary residence?

In most cases, a primary residence is protected in Chapter 7 bankruptcy as long as the equity does not exceed the homestead exemption amount. However, recent home purchases and residency duration can affect the exemptions available.

Q: What are the alternatives to bankruptcy for credit card debt?

Alternatives to bankruptcy include debt repayment strategies like the snowball method, debt settlement through negotiation with creditors, waiting to deal with aggressive creditors, and seeking guidance from a financial coach or advisor.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Consumer protection attorney provides information, tips, and resources for individuals dealing with serious debt problems.

  • Bank accounts with multiple names can lead to complications, especially if one party experiences financial trouble and creditors seize funds intended for others.

  • Bankruptcy laws vary depending on factors like residency and recent home purchases, so it is important to understand the exemptions and limitations in your state.

  • Bank levy and wage garnishment are common consequences of debt-related issues, but there are legal resources available to defend against these actions.

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