As many New Jersey homeowners continue to struggle to keep their homes, some are hanging their hopes on a loan modification. However, qualifying for this type of mortgage debt relief could actually make a homeowner's financial situation worse. This is because many loan modifications are not offered to borrowers until the situation is dire.
JPMorgan recently came to a settlement regarding its credit card debt collection practices. Even though some consumers may receive restitution as a result, it could be too late for some New Jersey residents whose credit has been ruined by illegal debt collection practices. For them, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy could put a stop to any further damage and provide a fresh start financially.
The effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to plague New Jersey homeowners. Many are still not back in their homes and constantly face the threat of foreclosure. A new bill making its way through the state legislature aims to stop foreclosure proceedings for Sandy victims for three years while people work to rebuild their homes.
Any New Jersey resident who has been to a doctor understands how confusing, complicated and frustrating the medical billing process can be. Even though changes are on the horizon regarding how medical bills are reported to the credit bureaus, it may not be enough for some people. Filing for bankruptcy could help many patients clear the slate and give them a fresh financial start.
New Jersey hip-hop fans may recognize the name Scott Storch, who has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Dr. Dre. At the height of his career, he was worth an estimated $70 million. He admits that bad financial choices led to his need to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
New Jersey homeowners may need to be aware that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a second mortgage on the filer's residence may not be considered an unsecured debt and be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Even if the value of the home is less than the first mortgage, the second lien will not automatically be stripped. The case originated after Bank of America insisted that the second lien of a Chapter 7 filer remain intact, even if the bank will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the home.