Monday, June 24, 2019

Finding the Right Bankruptcy Attorney for You in Atlanta

Bankruptcy can be the best tool for getting your life back on track after experiencing months or even years of financial instability. If your monthly bills are piling up and you now avoid answering the phone or checking the mail in fear of facing another creditor, you may consider the advantages of filing for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy so you can move on with your life with a brighter financial outlook. Filing bankruptcy can be a complicated process, and enlisting the trust of a qualified bankruptcy attorney is invaluable. He or she will take care of all the heavy lifting for you, so you can get back to your regular life — debt-free — as soon as possible.

Here are five things to look for in a bankruptcy attorney to make sure you know you’re choosing the right one:
1. Your Bankruptcy Attorney Won’t Force You to File Bankruptcy
2. Your Bankruptcy Attorney Will Help You To Decide on Which Chapter to File
3. Your Bankruptcy Attorney Should Not Pressure You to File
4. Your Bankruptcy Attorney Will Listen to You
5. Your Bankruptcy Attorney Should Have Time For Your Case

If you are considering bankruptcy, you do not have to go through this process alone. Get a skilled and experienced attorney on your side by calling the Georgia bankruptcy lawyers of King & King today at 404-524-6400.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How Does Wage Garnishment Happen In Georgia?

Dealing with debt can be one of the hardest things one has to face. While you have been saving to ensure you pay your bills on time, you might find that your wages are suddenly being garnished.

How Does Wage Garnishment Work?
Your creditor can get access to your wages or bank account to get a debt paid after a lawsuit has been filed and the court enters a judgment against you. Many times, people do not even know that they have had a judgment entered against them. The creditor can request the court to issue a turnover order to any entity that has control over any money owed to you (usually an employer or a bank).

There is a limit to how much a creditor is allowed to garnish from your wages, usually up to 25% of the employee’s disposable earnings. But in cases where your income and bills are around the same amount, the slightest deficit can make a huge difference. You may not be left with enough money to pay other bills like your mortgage, car payments, or utilities. Garnishment continues until the debt is paid in full with interest. It is a devastating way to have to repay a debt.

How Can Filing Bankruptcy Stop Wage Garnishment?
Filing for bankruptcy is one of the best ways to put an end to wage garnishment. When you file for bankruptcy, an automatic stay goes into effect as soon as you case is filed. This will prevent creditors from collecting money from your bank account and will stop a garnishment from coming out of your paycheck. They will not be allowed to call or contact you in any way. Bankruptcy renders the creditors zero power over your wages.

If you have received any sort of notification that a creditor plans to garnish your wages, immediately filing for bankruptcy can stop your money from being taken away.
At the law offices of King & King, we are ready to help protect you from wage garnishment, and help you get the fresh start you need. If you are concerned about your wages being garnished, talk to one of our bankruptcy lawyers by scheduling a free consultation at 404-524-6400.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How Are Unsecured Debts Treated in Georgia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

In straightforward Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, most regular unsecured debts are discharged—permanently written off. You pay nothing on them.

In a successfully completed Chapter 7 case, “general unsecured” debts are discharged. An example might be you have $80,000 in a combination of credit cards, medical bills, and personal loans.
As long as there is no collateral tied to any of those debts, they are most likely “general unsecured” debts and will be discharged.

  • Credit cards
  • Medical bills
  • Personal loans without collateral
  • Broken apartment leases/voluntary repossessions

These are all unsecured debts that can be discharged. If you have secured debt such as:

  • Home mortgages
  • Car loans
  • Personal loans with collateral
  • Real estate tax liens

Chapter 13 may be right for you. Your attorney will review your situation and help you decide which is the best bankruptcy to file.

Whether you’re deep in debt or struggling to stay up with bills, there’s a solution to your financial situation. King & King has over 40 years of experience and will help you get a fresh start. Please call us for a free initial consultation at 404-524-6400 or visit us online at

Monday, May 20, 2019

Can I Stop Repossession If I File Bankruptcy in Georgia?

If you are struggling with debt and unable to make payments, your creditor may try to repossess your car. There are things you can do to stop car repossession. The bankruptcy attorneys at King & King can explain your options and help you keep your car.

Can Bankruptcy Stop Repossession?
Yes. When you file bankruptcy, your creditors cannot repossess your car provided you agree to make payments. By filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your debt will be reorganized and reduced, and you will have the chance to repay that debt over a period of time.

Bankruptcy can also stop:
Wage garnishment
Lawsuits by creditors
Other collection actions

My Car Has Been Repossessed. Can I Get It Back?
In most instances, if your car has been repossessed by a creditor, but has not yet been sold, you can get it back by filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but you must act quickly. Usually, creditors will hold the car for 10 days. If bankruptcy is filed before the creditor has resold the car, you should be able to get it back.

If you’re behind on your payments, contact the bankruptcy team at King & King to learn about your options. Facing repossession and other collection tactics can be frightening, but with the power of the bankruptcy code on your side, it doesn’t need to be. By choosing an experienced bankruptcy law firm, you can protect your valued property and stop debt collectors in their tracks. Call King & King today for a free consultation at 404-524-6400 or visit us online at

Monday, May 13, 2019

Can Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Georgia Help You Keep Your House?

The risk of foreclosure can bring a lot of anxiety, and you could be contemplating bankruptcy as an option to help you get out from under your debt. As a homeowner, if you fall three or more months behind on your mortgage payments, your mortgage company may begin the foreclosure process. Once this happens, your mortgage company may stop accepting payments until you pay the full past due amount, usually called the loan reinstatement amount. As this amount can also include any interest, penalties, and legal fees, the amount you owe can climb quickly and it may be too much to pay. If this is your experience, bankruptcy may be the solution you are looking for.

What is the Automatic Stay in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will grant you protection from your creditors. This is called the Automatic Stay of bankruptcy. This protection is powerful enough to stop creditor action, including a foreclosure. Once your attorney files your Chapter 13 case, you will set up a payment plan which allows you to pay back your past due mortgage payments over a three-to-five-year period. You will not have to pay the full loan reinstatement amount at one time.

If your home is at risk of foreclosure, call the bankruptcy lawyers at King & King for a free consultation. We can help you file for bankruptcy relief, and ensure that the creditor calls and collection letters stop immediately so you can get the peace of mind you need and deserve. Call us today at 404-524-6400 or visit us at

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

6 Unexpected Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy In Georgia

You’re likely considering bankruptcy because you need financial relief. More to the point, you need immediate relief from debt collection pressures. You need long-term relief from having to pay debts you can’t handle. Bankruptcy provides both immediate and long-term relief. Filing bankruptcy in Georgia can give you immediate and long-term relief from your creditors.
Bankruptcy can often also give you some other rather amazing benefits, beyond the basic relief you expect. Here are six unexpected benefits of bankruptcy:

1. Get Back Money Recently Garnished By a Creditor
Through “preference” law, you could get back money that was recently garnished by a creditor. 

2. Undo Judgment Liens on Your Home
Through judgment lien “avoidance” you can often permanently remove a judgment lien, a tremendous practical benefit.  

3. Reinstate Your Driver’s License from Failing to Pay Tickets
Reinstate your license if it’s been suspended for unpaid traffic infractions.

4. Get Back Your Just-Repossessed Vehicle
Filing bankruptcy not only prevents vehicle repossession. You may be able to get your vehicle back after it has been repossessed.  But, you must act quickly.

5. “Cram down” and Change the Payment Terms of Your Vehicle Loan
If your vehicle loan is more than two and a half years old, you may be able to reduce both your interest rate and the amount you have to pay back on the loan.  You can reduce the total amount to the value of the car, not the outstanding balance on the loan (often much higher).  This is called “cram down.”

6. Get Out of Your Vehicle Lease through Bankruptcy
Leasing is often an efficient way to have a vehicle short-term, but is actually usually the most expensive long-term. Bankruptcy can be the best way to get out of this expensive obligation.

If you are thinking about filing bankruptcy, the first thing you need to know is that you’re not alone. The compassionate and experienced bankruptcy lawyers at King & King will help you through the bad times and plan for much better times. Call us at 404-524-6400 for a free consultation today or visit our website at for more information.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How Can Bankruptcy Stop Your Car From Being Repossessed?

This can be a difficult time of the year for many families. You may be having trouble paying your bills, but you still want your family have a great holiday season. This may mean you spend more money than you should, and suddenly it’s easy to find you are facing serious debt problems. There is help.

First, be careful about how you approach your financial situation. Certain car creditors may be more aggressive than others. If you miss a car payment, the lender may repossess your car, which can make a difficult financial position much worse.

If your car is repossessed, the lender can sell the car and use the money to pay off the balance of the loan. If more funds are still owed, the lender can sue you for the outstanding amount. This means you may still be making payments on a car that you no longer have.  Your wages can also be garnished in this situation.

If you find yourself in this situation you have options. You can work with your lender to try to find a more manageable payment schedule or other type of loan modification. You can also take advantage of bankruptcy.

Under the “Automatic Stay” in Chapter 13 bankruptcy, any collections or repossession actions against you must stop. This allows you an opportunity to design a plan to meet your financial obligations, including car payments. You will be able to keep certain property, including vehicles, which is extremely helpful.

Filing bankruptcy means you can keep your car and start on the road to a better financial future. The experienced Georgia bankruptcy attorneys at King & King will analyze your specific situation and help you develop a plan that meets your needs. Call us today at 404-524-6400  for a free consultation.