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Prioritizing Your Debts During Repayment

When you start to create your debt repayment plan, you may feel overwhelmed if there are many different creditors you need to pay back. Rather than trying to evenly divide your money among your debts, you should prioritize them based on factors such as the total amount owed and interest rates. The following are some… Read More »

What Are Your Rights Regarding Wage Garnishments?

Creditors may garnish your wages if you owe certain types of debts, such as child support, court judgments, back taxes or student loans. In such an arrangement, a court may order your employer to withhold a certain amount of money from your paycheck and send it directly to your creditor until the debt is satisfied. … Read More »

Steps to Help You Reduce Your Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt can become problematic very quickly because of the high interest rates charged by credit card companies. The following are a few tips that can help you reduce or eliminate your credit card debt without too much hassle: List your debts: If you have multiple credit cards, add up the amount of money… Read More »

Can You Discharge Your Student Loan Debts During Bankruptcy?

In most cases, student loan debts are nondischargeable during the bankruptcy process. However, there are rare exceptions if the person filing for bankruptcy is able to prove that paying the debts would cause extreme financial hardship. Whether you file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the discharge order you get probably won’t include student loan… Read More »

What to Expect at a Closing

After you’ve completed your home inspection and appraisal, have purchased homeowners insurance and have secured a mortgage loan, the final step in the home-buying process is the closing. If you have never purchased a home before, this process can seem intimidating. However, it’s actually quite simple and should go smoothly if there have been no… Read More »

Tips for Securing a Mortgage and Making Your Closing as Smooth as Possible

Numerous setbacks and complications can arise in any real estate transaction, but if you’ve secured a mortgage and trust your lender, your transaction and closing has the best chance of proceeding smoothly and quickly. The following are a few tips to help you begin and speed up the loan process so that you can plan… Read More »

Can You Back Out of a Real Estate Purchase Before Closing?

Real estate contracts, like any other legal agreements, bind all parties to the conditions agreed to upon signing. But is there any way to get out of a real estate contract before the closing happens? There are certain contingencies likely to exist in your contract that allow you to back out of the deal. However,… Read More »

The Truth About Common Estate Planning Myths

Many people have misconceptions about estate planning, and that lack of understanding can be costly in more ways than one. Therefore, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced estate planning attorney who can clear up these misconceptions. The following are some of the most common estate planning myths and the truths behind them:… Read More »

What You Should Know About Creating a Will

Establishing a will is not a task most people relish. It’s uncomfortable to think about your death and what comes afterward, but it is necessary to ensure a smooth transfer of your estate and assets to your heirs. Below are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your will: Intestate succession: If… Read More »

What Happens if You Pass Away Without a Will?

If you pass away without a will, you are considered to have passed away “intestate,” and all of your property then becomes subject to the rules of intestate succession. Virginia law will dictate how your property gets distributed to potential heirs. Rather than you having a pre-appointed estate executor, the commonwealth will select someone to… Read More »