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January 2019 Archives

Are disabled veterans being forced into Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Louisiana is home to many disabled U.S. military veterans whose sacrifices and courageous service has helped protect and preserve the United States as a free nation. Many people in this state and others are upset about federal bankruptcy laws, saying the current regulations are biased against disabled military veterans facing serious financial distress. It seems that existing laws often force disabled veterans to choose Chapter 13 bankruptcy because their disability benefits disqualify them for liquidation debt relief.

Gymboree seeking debt relief for the second time in two years

Louisiana parents who go to malls to buy their children's clothing are likely familiar with the Gymboree brands. The parent company owns Janie and Jack as well as Crazy 8 but has fallen under serious financial strain as it tries to compete with online shopping venues. The company recently announced that it will be filing for debt relief for the second time in the past two years.

West Coast utility company seeking debt relief

Natural disasters that occur in Louisiana or elsewhere often have negative effects on local businesses, homeowners and other segments of society. For instance, if a town is flooded, local merchants may suffer financial hardship or find themselves unable to stay in business due to aftereffects of the storm. For some business owners, even insurance benefits or fund-raising efforts may not be enough to get things back on track after disaster strikes. Those who execute solid debt relief plans may be able to lay the groundwork for restored financial stability down the line.

Financial crises that can lead to bankruptcy

If you have found yourself in financial trouble, you are not alone. You may even know friends or family in Shreveport who are also struggling to make ends meet and have either filed or considered filing for bankruptcy. Throughout the United States, many people view bankruptcy as failure when, in fact, bankruptcy is a tool that can help people like you climb out from underneath excessive debt.

Did your holidays end in credit card debt?

Many Louisiana residents are currently winding down their holiday seasons, perhaps some with a few outstanding party dates that were postponed in the new year. While most people enjoy celebrating with friends, family members and co-workers, it is also not uncommon for people to feel relieved when the festive season comes to a close. All the shopping, gift buying and wrapping, and other "leg work" that goes into a typical holiday season can leave consumers feeling exhausted, overworked and stressed about the credit card debt they may be left with when all is said and done.

Several major department stores sought Chapter 11 debt relief

As retailers take their first steps of a new business year in 2019, they are gearing up to try to stay afloat as they compete in an e-commerce world. Last year brought serious financial challenges to many businesses that have been household names in Louisiana and across the country for decades. Sears, in fact, had been in business for more than a century before owners determined a need to seek immediate debt relief.

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