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3 reasons to start your bankruptcy paperwork now

Bankruptcy is tough. If you are like most people, even considering it is a cause for anxiety. However, facing the issue head-on is one of the best ways to alleviate that pressure and make some progress towards better financial health.

One of the ways you can do this is by properly preparing for your bankruptcy meetings. Even before your first consultation, doing some digging could speed up your process considerably. There are a few reasons for this.

Avoid common bankruptcy mistakes

If you face significant financial pressure, bankruptcy can be the right option to help you get your financial house in order. Depending on your circumstances, a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 filing can present an effective way to handle debt.

As with any legal matter, it is important to carefully prepare for the bankruptcy process. Many people commit errors that cause them a variety of problems along the way. In addition to watching for the following mistakes, it is wise to also consult an experienced attorney who can advise you based on your individual situation.

Thinking of friends and family

Today, due to circumstances beyond human control, many people in the Wetumpka community are in need. After being informed of the tornado that hit over the weekend, I have been both shocked and grateful that no serious injuries or deaths have occurred. For that, I thank the Lord and our first responders for their professionalism and skill.

Signs your credit card debt has pushed you toward bankruptcy

Even if you believe you are responsible with your credit card, it is incredibly easy to end up in debt. Many people fail to read the fine print or fail to realize universal default still exists. All these can gradually push you more toward unmanageable debt where filing for bankruptcy may be your only option. 

Bankruptcy has helped numerous people around Alabama get their heads above water once again. However, you may be able to circumvent these issues if you recognize the signs of gradual debt ahead of time. 

What is theft of property in Alabama?

It may seem as if stealing something is the same no matter where you are. However, the truth is that although definitions, laws and consequences may be similar from state to state, each state has its own theft statutes. Alabama's Criminal Code 13A-8 provides the information relating to theft in the state.

The definition of theft of property

Is marijuana legal in Alabama?

The legalization of marijuana is a hot topic in the U.S. As of May 2018, the National Conference of State Legislatures shows that 30 states, as well as the District of Columbia, allow medical marijuana use; nine of those along with the District of Columbia also permit recreational use.

Alabama does not fall under either category, which means that possession, sale and trafficking of marijuana are still illegal in this state. The only thing legal is the use of cannabidiol and products low (below 3 percent) in THC for specific medical conditions.

What you need to know about bankruptcy in Alabama

When bills and debts begin to pile up and are overwhelming, you may feel that it will be impossible to ever come out on the other side. It may seem that the more you try to get ahead on your debts, the worse you sink into the spiral of missed payments and building interest that continues to grow your debt each and every day.

Living like this can feel extremely stressful, and at times even hopeless. The good news is that in Alabama you do have options for creating a fresh financial future. Here is some information about one of options some individuals pursue to combat debt struggles: bankruptcy.

5 bankruptcy myths you should know about

If your financial woes have led you to consider filing for bankruptcy, your mind is probably filled with questions. Bankruptcy may seem a desperate and depressing option at this point, but perhaps you simply do not know enough about it.

You might begin educating yourself by looking at a few basic facts. Here are five common misconceptions about the bankruptcy process.

Momma's Baby, Papa's maybe: Demand Genetic (DNA) Testing

Family law includes determining whether there is a family.  Genetic DNA testing can settle paternity questions, forever. When faced with a paternity action, or an original child support case, the smart move is to require genetic DNA testing. If you do not, the only thing remaining in a Child Support case is to determine your child support. Other legal issues are impacted, but are not the subject of this post.


Criminal defense representation requires knowing which tools are available for which issues.  Let's face it, NO ONE is PERFECT. Sometimes certain situations do not go as planned and you find yourself in a legal nightmare, facing criminal charges. Getting arrested even for a small crime can feel like the end of the world for you and your family members. That overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety can be reduced if you know your options.

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