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The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You? [Paperback]

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May 30, 2011 1413313914 978-1413313918 4
Considering bankruptcy? Get the facts and find out how bankruptcy could work for you.

Bankruptcy laws have changed, and figuring out how to use them effectively is harder than ever. For plain-English guidance you can trust, turn to The New Bankruptcy.

Get the clear-cut answers, information and strategies you need to figure out whether bankruptcy is the right solution for your debt problems. Find out:

  • if you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • how Chapter 13 repayment plans work
  • which debts are wiped out
  • how bankruptcy affects homeowners
  • if you can keep cars and other property
  • how bankruptcy affects credit
  • alternative ways to handle debt problems

    The 4th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest rulings on the new bankruptcy laws, additional information on foreclosures and an all-new appendix containing essential sample forms. It also provides worksheets to help you determine whether you can file for bankruptcy, and includes fully up-to-date exemption charts, helpful checklists and easy-to-use legal charts for all 50 states.


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    "Authoritative, comprehensive and packed with helpful advice and useful information, including state-specific details." -- Eric Tyson, best-selling author of Personal Finance for Dummies and Mind Over Money

    "With last year's change in the bankruptcy laws creating unprecedented confusion in the field, it's important to know whether it remains a viable option, and this book will offer both explanations and reassurances..." -- Accounting Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    About the Author

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, including recently The New Bankruptcy. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts and How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He is also one of the original authors/designers of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was a practicing attorney in California, New York and Vermont before joining Nolo. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more.

    Product Details

    • Series: New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You
    • Paperback: 416 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 4 edition (May 30, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413313914
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413313918
    • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as the current President of National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He is also one of the original authors of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more. Steve's blog on bankruptcy and foreclosure law can be found at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog.

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    92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Covers the new law comprehensively and accessibly February 16, 2006
    Format:Paperback
    To begin with, bankruptcy law changed completely as of October 17, 2005 for really the first time since 1978. Therefore, all books published before that date are pretty much worthless since they are giving you outdated advice on the old law. Of the ones that are in print covering the new law that I have looked through, this one seems to be the best combination of accessible and complete. It does a good job of answering common questions that a person would ask about bankruptcy in the new environment, as well as going into painstaking detail about all of the changes to the law, including the new means test. Included are the steps you need to take to declare bankruptcy, the order in which you need to take them, and the forms you need to fill out. The book also talks about impacts to your life you might not have thought of, such as how declaring bankruptcy might impact your ability to get certain types of jobs or even auto insurance of all things! The reason I have read so much about this is not that I have declared or am planning to declare bankruptcy. Just call me an interested citizen that followed the debate over the new law very carefully and therefore I know a little more than the average citizen about what is in the new law. That is how I know that this book covers and emphasizes the changes so well.
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    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fine bankruptcy reference for consumers February 10, 2009
    Format:Paperback
    First, there is a lot to like about this book! It's very well organized, and it turns some remarkably complex bankruptcy concepts into fairly easy to digest nuggets.

    Second, it's pretty complete as far consumer chapter 7 cases and consumer chapter 13 cases go. There are very few areas of the law that it skips, and it hits the important parts pretty well.

    There is a lucid discussion of the roles of the bankruptcy trustee in both sorts of ordinary consumer cases, and a pretty complete discussion of the way a trustee looks at assets, exempt and nonexempt, in consumer bankruptcy cases.

    There's one feature I particularly liked about the book, because a lot of bankruptcy resources become dated very quickly; just inside the cover page in the print edition there is a discussion of NOLO resources to check for updates, and that's a good thing.

    There are 11 chapters (in the book, not bankruptcy chapters), and they concisely discuss the nature of bankruptcy, eligibility requirements, debts that survive both chapter 7 and 13 discharges, the bankruptcy estate and exemptions, differences in the treatment of homeowners and renters in bankruptcy, treatment of secured creditors in both sorts of filings, the treatment of zero balance credit cards (this is a little-known finesse), psychological and legal consequences of filing, the forms and procedures, getting help with bankruptcy, and alternatives to bankruptcy.

    The bankruptcy alternatives discussion is a little weak, but I gave the book five stars anyway, because the title isn't bankruptcy alternatives, and is instead The New Bankruptcy.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A reference certain to receive repeat consultation. October 19, 2007
    Format:Paperback
    Bankruptcy is usually the last resort for most people covered in the deep, restricting sludge of debt. "The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?" is a guide to help those in financial turmoil to decide if the revised bankruptcy laws make declaring bankruptcy the answer for all of their money woes. Promoting clear cut answers and strategies to determining this, it offers all the information on qualifying for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which debts are wiped in this regard, if you can keep your major property like your home and car, among other information - it even offers alternatives to clawing your way out of debt without the drastic use of bankruptcy. "The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?" is highly recommended to those in need of its advice everywhere, and should be on every community library shelf on personal finance.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars nolo press is always a reliable source March 12, 2007
    Format:Paperback
    As always Nolo Press does not fail to give up to date, easy to comprehend legal info.I have been purchasing Nolo products for years and was not surprised to be pleased with this latest offering.If you are needing Bankruptcy info.whether you are considering filing yourself or are a Bankruptcy Preparer as I am, this is a very helpful guide to the new rules-which by the way,are not as oppresive as some think.This book helps clarify the new means testing which is the thrust of new guidelines.
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Might Be Just The Right Book For You. June 28, 2007
    Format:Paperback
    If you are considering personal bankruptcy, will satisfy the new means test or have a steady w-2 income you may want to file bankruptcy under Chapters 7 or 13. If you are considering one of the chapters, this is a great book for you. For businesses or individuals with more substantial assets or income, the appropriate Chapter would be Chapter 11. The book that I like on that subject is Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations: For Business Leaders, Accountants And Lawyers
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! October 12, 2009
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    As always, Nolo books are the best! I am in the legal profession and Nolo Books are far better than the ordinarly law books, especially on Bankruptcy. They are great reference books and they are wonderful to look up something that would take hours to look up in law books. I recommend Nolo for anyone who needs this type of information, both non-lawyer and lawyers!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome material -chapter 7 filing for dummies
    This is the first review I've ever written on anything I've purchased. This book was awesome! I could not afford an attorney to help with my Chapter 7 filing, so I was determined... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by sdj
    1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless?
    Have no idea what people would pay for this book. It should be a small essay or article. Stick to the How to File Bankruptcy and avoid this hogwash. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Eric
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
    This book is great material for bankruptcy info and It is easy to follow and have great examples to follow; also !
    Published 9 months ago by H. Huff
    4.0 out of 5 stars The New Bankruptcy
    This book is good, but I feel like it hasn't covered the things I really needed to do research on. I purchased it to try and help a friend to guide her through the roadmap of... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by T. Edwards
    5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well laid out
    Covers the basics well; provides examples and worksheets as well as a resource guide. Quite comprehensive on a complex subject. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by M. Toffey
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    Nothing more to say. Product. OK, all right? This word length requirement is becoming boring. I haven't bought a piece of Manhattan real estate.
    Published 18 months ago by Stephen Green
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
    This book has so much information in it. Found out I could get a bigger exemption on my home because my son lives with me. Also written so its easily understandable. Read more
    Published 18 months ago by doots
    5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
    this is the kind of book when you hear about being in severe debt and how not to panic and how this book is truly a valuable tool at turning it all around and then some. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by mistermaxxx08
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is a very in-depth, complete, readable, and informative description of the various forms of bankruptcy. A must read for anyone considering it.
    Published on September 2, 2011 by Mackie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Important Information if you're thinking Chapter 13
    This book provided a good overview of the Bankruptcy process. Fortunately, I didn't need to file, but at least I was more informed about my decision.
    Published on July 28, 2011 by Bradley
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