Chris Bush

Chris Bush

With over 12 years of experience and thousands of cases as a consumer bankruptcy attorney, Chris Bush is on the cutting edge of Bankruptcy and Student Loan Law. Chris can assist you in untangling the options to find the best solution for your specific debt relief case.

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Many work tirelessly over the years, but never quite make enough to pay back the large amounts they barrow for their education, and many owe even more when their loan amounts grow even higher when they go to in default.

Many file for bankruptcy, wiping out other debts. But getting rid of student loans requires initiating an entirely separate legal process, where debtors must prove that paying the debt would cause an “undue hardship.”

Have you defaulted on your Private Student Loan? Has it been in collections for a long time? Have you essentially ignored the problem hoping that it would go away? If you have been served with a state court lawsuit, now is the time for student loan resolution.

There are dozens of identifiable economic events that cause someone to file for the protection of a bankruptcy. Sometimes the cause is as simple as rainfall, or shall I say the lack of rainfall.

In April of 2015 the Governor of the State of California, Jerry Brown, signed an executive order imposing mandatory restrictions on water use. See full text of the order:  http://gov.ca.gov/docs/4.1.15_Executive_Order.pdf. What that entailed was a State wide reduction of water consumption by at least 25%. This was due to the lack of snow pack over the winter months, and therefore, the lack of melting snow pack for water.

The frustration of dealing with your student loan servicer, Part (1)

After representing student loan borrowers for the last few years I have come to realize that the most important aspect of obtaining some type of student loan debt resolution is getting the issue in front of someone who can communicate with you.

Defaulted Student Loans? The clear path to Default Resolution

According to The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there are 8 million student loan borrowers in default.*  If you are one of those, you may be asking yourself , How did I get here?

My experience with working with those clients who have student loans has shown me that student loan default could have been avoided had their servicers been forthright with the information they needed to prevent default, and options for student loan default resolution. In the majority of cases that I have seen, the services play hide and seek with vital information, leaving the student loan borrower confused.

Corinthian Students


There can be nothing worse for a student than to have the whole school close down from underneath you, leaving you lost, dazed and confused. Such is the most recent case of the Corinthian Colleges, Inc. owned "for profit" schools. Everest, Wyotec, and Heald College System. In California alone, it is said that over 16,000 students were sent home.
What a catastrophe!

DEFINITION OF 'TAX LIABILITY'

The total amount of tax that an entity is legally obligated to pay to an authority as the result of the occurrence of a taxable event. Tax liability can be calculated by applying the appropriate tax rate to the taxable event's tax base. Taxable events include, but are not limited to, annual income, the sale of an asset, a fiscal year-end or an inheritance.

DEBTDOC EXPLAINS 'TAX LIABILITY'

A tax liability is a legal claim on assets. Should an entity default on paying its taxes, the governing authority may foreclose on the delinquent account, or take out a lien or encumbrance on an asset.

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If you're still holding the bag on an income tax debt your ex-spouse drove up, and particularly if you don’t have the wherewithal to repay it, you might be in luck. It doesn’t matter if the tax bill is a result of an understatement of earnings tax on the return, or if it’s just an underpayment of the tax due at the time--you may have a chance of absolving yourself of the obligation for payment. But you’ll have to fight for it.

In a few instinces, an agency can ask the IRS to intercept (take) your tax reimbursement and use the cash to your financial obligation.

Whenever Tax Refund Interception Is Allowed

Tax refund intercepts are allowed in these situations:

  • you are in default on student loan payments
  • you are behind in income fees, or
  • you are behind in your child support.

Notification and Defenses

Before the IRS takes your cash, the company must notify you. You can provide written evidence or have a hearing to show that any of the following is real:

  • Your debt has been settled.
  • The quantity of the proposed intercept is more than you owe.
  • The intercept is not lawfully enforceable.

Intercepts and Student Loans

Tax reimbursement intercepts are many typical in the instance of a defaulted student loan. Each year, for example, the federal government pockets hundreds of millions of bucks by grabbing tax refunds from hundreds of thousands of former students. (For lots more on student loan collections, including stopping or avoiding income tax refund intercepts, see Student Loan Debt.)
If the intercept is for a student loan, you can make a written request to review the agency’s file on your loan and the agency seeking the offset will consider other information, such as information showing you qualify to have your loan released because the school closed, falsely certified your eligibility, or were unsuccessful to pay refunds owed because you left before conclusion of the course.


Tax Refund Intercepts for Child Support

If you are married and the intercept is for child support from an earlier relationship status, your partner can file a claim for her share of the reimbursement.


Avoiding a Tax Refund Intercept

If your income tax refund is small, you will have less to lose from an intercept. You can boost the money you receive with your income during the year, so your tax reimbursement at the end of the year is maybe not that large.

 

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Teacher Loan Forgiveness

In our experience at the Law Offices of Chris Bush, there is one part of our everyday workforce that is so underpaid, it defies all logic. School Teachers!

As we experience a shifting economy, the salaries of teachers continue to decline, while the cost of higher education and teaching credentials skyrockets. That means we see school teachers, from K-1 through high school, suffer the enormous pressure of dealing with their student loan debt.

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Compassionate. No-nonsense. Great job. Saved me $85K!

I had three choices: two large groups, or DebtDoc. I chose DebtDoc because of their numerous excellent reviews from clients as well as other attorneys. Also, I wanted someone to provide personal service and have a vested interest in my difficult student loan case.

I certainly made the right choice. DebtDoc's attorneys personally answered two of my phone calls and regularly answered my emails, even on one Sunday evening.

After 30 years of student loan "prison", he got me freedom AND he even got the US Dept. of Justice to dismiss 25% of my loans, which saved me $85K.

I feel like I have a new lease on life because of DebtDoc. I wish I could recommend 10 stars.

Client Testimonial

To whom it may concern,
DebtDoc's attorneys are extremely knowledgeable with the complexities of Federal Student Loans.
I went from a thriving career to full medical disability, ending with an SSDI placement. Unfortunately, I lost everything and became unable to continue making the student loan payments, so it was in deferment for over five years. When the SSDI settled I tried to negotiate an affordable payment plan with the loan holders but they refused my efforts, instead demanding over twice the amount I could afford.
I contacted DebtDoc and found them to be courteous, responsive and quick to assess my situation. They were sure they could help and took time to answer all questions, which relieved much anxiety. Within months they successfully resolved the debt! With much confidence, I highly recommend DebtDoc.
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