Bankruptcy and Keeping Your Home

Is it possible to keep your home after filing for bankruptcy?

Yes, in many cases it is possible to keep your home and work out a 5 year plan to get back on strong financial footing. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed for those who have assets they wish to keep such as a home, car or other important property.

Many clients filing for bankruptcy are able to settle outstanding debts including foreclosure and late mortgage payments for a small portion of what is actually owed. In most cases, Chapter 13 allows us to work together to establish a payment plan that is comfortable for you based upon your income.

It is important to begin planning as soon as possible, and to seek the counsel of experienced and proven professionals at the Lawrence Law Office. We invite you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. After this we can begin to work together to find options for your unique circumstances. We will establish a process that will work for you, a process that will lead you out of the pressure of financial problems and into a brighter future.

Mediation to Avoid High Costs of Changes to Divorce Decrees and Child Custody / Support

At Lawrence Law Office, we often see cases where people are going back to court to litigate changes in child custody, visitation and support orders. This can be the result of almost any change in either of the parent’s circumstances including relocation, increased or decreased earnings, a new relationship for one of the parents, alcohol or drug issues, work schedules or simply disagreements between the parties.

If you believe changes need to be made to an existing court order following a divorce you should consider mediation. Family law mediation allows the parties to facilitate a conversation and reach agreement – even on issues where there is deep disagreement and/or animosity. The goal of mediation is to provide a productive environment where genuine issues can be raised, and multiple options can be identified and evaluated.

Mediation usually resolves these differences in a much shorter timeframe, and at a significantly lower cost than going back to court and hashing things out in front of a judge. Mediation allows the parties to maintain a higher degree of control over the ultimate outcome, instead of having a third party (judge) impose a solution that may not be welcomed by either party. An effective mediator will also help the parties to develop better skills for managing future issues.

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