An important factor that sets student loan debt apart from all other kinds of debt is that it’s just about impossible to rid yourself of it. Even borrowers that end up in such financial burdens file for bankruptcy and struggle to get a fresh start void of their student loan debt.

But a few cases working their way through the legal system could alter that. They increase the possibility that the courts might offer a loose definition of how difficult the borrower’s financial situation is before a bankruptcy judge can justify discharging his or her loans.

It’s not just young people struggling to pay back student loan debt but more and more retirees are struggling due to this student loan debt burden. An estimated 700,000 seniors on Social Security are still paying off student loans. Recently nearly 160,000 of these retirees have had their disability and retirement payments garnished to pay down student loan debt. 

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

Chapter 13 - Student Loan Debt

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If you are in debt up to your eyeballs, you look to the bankruptcy laws to assist you in digging out from underneath the weight of debt and begin over.

That, after all, is what the law's designed to accomplish – provide you with another possibility to place yourself in a better financial place.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

University of Phoenix Under Investigation

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On Wednesday, University of Phoenix's parent Apollo Education Group announced that the business and marketing methods of the for-profit school are now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CNNMoney.com reports that Apollo will "cooperate fully" with the FTC research, which requires them to provide the federal company with papers on their finances, advertising, certification, and army recruitment practices from the last four years.

According to recent data from Experian, 40 million Americans have at least one outstanding student loan.  The average amount of debt is $29,000.00, which is an all time high.  A common question for many borrowers is “how will my student loans be affected if I get married?” 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

The Brunner Test and "Undue Hardship"

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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.

Saturday, 30 May 2015 00:00

The Front Yard and Bankruptcy

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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.

Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

How to Have Your Voice Heard

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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.

Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Student Loan Resolution

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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.

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I had three choices: two large groups, or Mr. Rausa. I chose Mr. Rausa because of his 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. Mr. Rausa personally answered two of my phone calls and regularly answered my emails, even on one Sunday evening.

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Read what D.J. recently told The Wall Street Journal regarding the probable rise in Student Loan Debt Resolution through Bankruptcy.

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Debt Doc'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 DJ Rausa at Debt Doc and found him to be courteous, responsive and quick to assess my situation. He was sure he could help and took time to answer all questions, which relieved much anxiety. Within months he successfully resolved the debt! With much confidence, I highly recommend Mr. Rausa.
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