Untangling Your Credit After A Divorce

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Untangling Credit After Divorce|Anchorage, AK|Law Office of Jennifer Messick LawWhen a couple gets married, that often means that their finances are married, too.  Married couples join accounts and handle the debts hand-in-hand.  But, what happens to the joint finances if the couple decides to divorce?  Joint finances that once signified marriage are now just a tangled mess.

When the papers are signed and the divorce is final, the two parties may be relieved it’s all over. Unfortunately, many divorced couples have months of work ahead to clean up the financial debris of marriage. [Read more…]

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Suspicious Business Between Banks and Payday Lenders

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Banks and Payday Lenders | Anchorage, AK | MV Alaska LawSome American banks are failing to meet their obligation to act as gatekeepers to the U.S. financial system.  The Justice Department is weighing civil and criminal actions against banks that do business with predatory lenders.

These predatory lenders and untrustworthy online merchant have access to Americans’ bank accounts.  Banks have allowed these businesses, for a fee paid to the bank, to illegally take billions of dollars from consumer checking account. [Read more…]

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Credit Cards Can Mean Bankruptcy for College Students

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Credit Card Debt | Anchorage, AK AttorneysThe fastest growing group of Americans filing for bankruptcy is our young people. According to an article from Total Bankruptcy, recent surveys show that 10 percent of all people between the ages of 12 and 19 have at least one credit card—which could explain the increase in the number of young people filing for bankruptcy. [Read more…]

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Social Media and Bankruptcy

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Social media | Personal Injury AttorneysFor many of us, sharing things on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest is second nature. Trying a new recipe? Pin the outcome. At a live event? Tweet an update to your followers. Child or pet do something utterly adorable? Share a hastily snapped photo on Facebook. Plenty of social media users don’t even think twice about what they’re sharing. Unfortunately, if you’re filing for bankruptcy, this lack of awareness of what exactly is being put out on the Internet can have a negative impact. [Read more…]

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Personal Bankruptcy after Small Businesses Failure

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Everglades Business Bankruptcy | Anchorage, AK Attorneys | Law Office of Jennifer Messick LawThe federal government debate regarding the nation’s debt ceiling and staying power of the Affordable Care Act shut down more than Congressional legislation in October 2013. The shutdown closed national parks, zoos, museums, and the stateside military bases and personnel working for the government. The independent business owners who contracted to support government workers, as well as the supplemental small businesses built around local economies, have sharply felt the effects of this government impasse. [Read more…]

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Working Class Advantage – Can Bankruptcy Help with Back Taxes?

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Taxes and Bankruptcy - Law Office of Jennifer Messick LawYou may have heard the phrase “more money, more problems.” That seems to be the case for several celebrities in the past year, including actors Stephen Baldwin and Wesley Snipes, Fugees singer Lauryn Hill, and R&B diva Dionne Warwick. These celebrities each had one main source for their money woes: owing the federal government thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in income taxes. The enforcement power of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) spells litigation and, for some, imprisonment. [Read more…]

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