Here at Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus, P.C., we help people from all walks of life whose debt problems have become overwhelming. Nowadays, it is becoming more common for senior citizens to consider bankruptcy as a realistic answer when retirement has become weighed down by debt.
Last month, we blogged about the challenge of getting student loans discharged in bankruptcy. In that post, we talked about the legal standard of "undue hardship" that must be met in New Mexico to have your student loans discharged in bankruptcy.
When a debtor files a petition for bankruptcy, an automatic stay of all collection activities against the debtor takes immediate effect. This is a broad, temporary protection for the debtor against legal action to collect the debtor's money or property to satisfy debts.
Many New Mexicans face daunting student loan payments each month that restrict their abilities to buy homes and vehicles as well as, ironically, to begin to put money away for their own children's future college educations. While the federal government and some private lenders offer repayment plans based on income that reduce monthly payments as well as other options like deferment or forbearance, some student loan debtors are either not eligible for relief or even with it, the payments are still very difficult.
At our law firm, we assist New Mexicans who face insurmountable debt with facing their financial problems with creativity and from a position of strength. A variety of approaches to these issues exists, but often our clients ultimately decide to use bankruptcy as the main tool for financial recovery.
Nykia Allen, the president of the New Mexico Technology Council, recently spoke optimistically about the technology sector in the state, citing a range of enterprises from tiny startups with ideas in infancy to larger tech companies with more solid financial underpinnings, according to KOB4. She continued, however, with a concern that the recent federal decision to remove the guaranty of net neutrality could slow the upward "momentum" of New Mexico tech businesses.
Since 2007, New Mexico has allowed legal, regulated use of cannabis to treat certain medical conditions. As of October, the state was home to an average of about 44,000 active medical marijuana patients, with the highest numbers using it to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and severe, chronic pain, with cancer a distant third, reports the New Mexico Department of Health.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a controversial decision about creditors filing claims in bankruptcy proceedings after the legal deadlines have passed to collect those debts in lawsuits. This holding may affect our clients on both sides of the issue: creditors seeking to collect on older debts as well as consumers filing bankruptcy for relief from crushing debts, some of which may have become stale.
Retail businesses that operate largely in traditional malls and standalone stores, rather than growing their online presence, may find it more and more difficult to compete. After all, the costs of major real estate holdings and commercial leases can drive up the retail prices they must offer, lessening competitive strength.
Today let's shine some light on credit card debt. People do not share their credit card balances with friends and family members, considering it private. Some see the use of credit cards as a sign of weakness, but consider that credit cards have allowed some people to survive through tough times like job loss or medical crises.