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ISBN-13: 978-1413313918 ISBN-10: 1413313914 Edition: 4th

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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: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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.

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.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering personal bankruptcy.
D. Kelly
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.
Grand Puba of Chicago
It's very well organized, and it turns some remarkably complex bankruptcy concepts into fairly easy to digest nuggets.
Joseph C. McDaniel

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Joseph C. McDaniel on 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 By Midwest Book Review on October 19, 2007
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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 By David Roberson on 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 By Grand Puba of Chicago on June 28, 2007
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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 By Delores Jackson on October 12, 2009
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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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