Blog

I Recently Moved to Oklahoma – Can I File Bankruptcy Here?

By Stephen MartinMarch 15, 2017

If you recently moved to Oklahoma and have determined that you need to file bankruptcy, there are a some stepping stones you must overcome: 1.  180 Days Before Filing In most cases, the proper location to file a bankruptcy case is the locations where you lived  for the greater part of the 180 days.  If+ MORE

I Need to File Bankruptcy But My Spouse Does Not

By Stephen MartinMarch 14, 2017

It is not unheard of for one spouse to have debt problems that don’t directly effect the other spouse.  Perhaps you entered your marriage with substantial credit card debt for which your spouse is not responsible?  Or you may have separate business related debt.  Whatever the reason, if your spouse is not legally responsible for+ MORE

Bankruptcy Do’s and Don’ts!

By Stephen MartinMarch 10, 2017

The following do’s and don’ts should considered by any person contemplating bankruptcy. 1.  Do Provide your attorney or other petition preparer ALL information and documentation required to complete your Schedules, including your assets, debts, income and recent transfers. Accurately and completely identifying the information on your Schedules is a necessity!  Failure to do so could+ MORE

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and the High Income Debtor

By Stephen MartinMarch 9, 2017

Most people believe that a high income will prevent them from filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  This presumption is not always true.  A number of factors determine whether your income is too high, or even relevant, to your eligibility to file Chapter 7. 1.  Nature of your Debts The debtor’s income level is initially important under+ MORE

Bankruptcy: Credit Counseling & Debtor Education

By Stephen MartinDecember 29, 2016

If you are considering bankruptcy, you should be aware of the credit counseling and debtor education requirements of the Bankruptcy Code.  These requirements were added to the Code in 2005. Their purpose was to help individuals determine if there were any meaningful alternatives before filing bankruptcy. WHO MUST COMPLY? All individual debtors (including jointly filing+ MORE

What is the Chapter 7 Means Test?

By Stephen MartinDecember 28, 2016

The Chapter 7 Means Test If you are considering bankruptcy, you may be asking yourself, what is the Chapter 7 means test?  In short, it is a financial test to determine if a consumer debtor may file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Here is how it works: Does the Test Apply? First, only debtors with “primarily consumer+ MORE

What are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse Against Residents?

By Clayton Hasbrook

Because seniors often hesitate to speak openly about nursing home abuse, it’s very important that you know what sorts of signs and symptoms to look for. If you notice any of the following in your loved one, you should be on high alert. Injuries that can’t be easily explained. It doesn’t necessarily have to be+ MORE

Nursing Home Neglect in OK: Statistics and Common Injuries

By Clayton Hasbrook

It is difficult to track precise statistics on elder abuse, simply because many seniors hesitate to speak up about experiencing mistreatment or neglect. However, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) cites studies reporting that as many as one in 10 seniors experienced abuse during a one-year period. Abuse can take the form of physical+ MORE

Oklahoma Bankruptcy Exemptions

By Stephen MartinDecember 21, 2016

Your debts are mounting and the phone never stops.  You want relief from the constant pressure of debt.  You know bankruptcy is an option.  However, you are worried about your property.  However, if you are like many Oklahoman’s, your concern for your property is misplaced.  Oklahoma bankruptcy exemptions provide protections that may protect every asset+ MORE

What is the 341 Meeting in Bankruptcy?

By Stephen MartinDecember 20, 2016

Approximately 1 month after your Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, you and your attorney will attend a 341 Meeting at the Bankruptcy Court.  So, what is the 341 Meeting?  It is conducted by your bankruptcy trustee in a meeting room at the Bankruptcy Court.  There are generally 6-7 cases on each 1/2 hour docket.  You+ MORE