Monthly Archives: April 2012

What to Expect at a Bankruptcy-Trustee Hearing

© William D. Slicker, 2012.              Your hearing before the bankruptcy trustee is usually held about a month after you file your Petition for Bankruptcy. Before the hearing, you will have taken two mandatory debt counseling courses. You will have also supplied the trustee with several financial documents including: (1)        Six months of [...]

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What You Should Know About Do-It-Yourself Wills

© William D. Slicker, 2012              The problems with do-it-yourself wills have been with us for a long time. About 30 years ago, Abigail Van Buren, who was then writing the Dear Abby advice column, wrote a column entitled, “Do-It-Yourself Wills Create Pitfalls.” In the article she quoted some examples from attorneys of the problems that [...]

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Should I Have a Trust

 © William D. Slicker, 2012             Everyone should probably have a will. Whether someone needs a trust depends on the size of the person’s estate as well as who the beneficiaries are. Since the federal estate tax exemption has been greatly increased, the majority of people no longer need to use a trust to avoid [...]

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Consumer Bankruptcy in Florida

Consumer Bankruptcy in Florida  © William D. Slicker, 2012              In Florida, an individual may file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 which discharges 100% of dischargeable unsecured debt or under Chapter 13 under which the individual has a repayment plan to repay a percentage of the dischargeable unsecured debt. In very limited situations, an individual [...]

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