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False Hope for Struggling Montana Homeowners

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Some struggling homeowners are getting stuck with relatively high interest rates even after they participate in the government’s HARP program to help them refinance their mortgages. According to an article in ProPublica, the biggest banks are not lowering rates as much as they should be.

HARP, the Home Affordable Refinancing Program, allows underwater homeowners with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to refinance. A report by Amherst ...

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Jim Cossitt Speaks About Ethics at Bankrupcty Conference

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In November 2012, Jim Cossitt spoke to the Iowa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s 31st Annual Bankruptcy Conference regarding legal ethics rules as they apply to bankruptcy proceedings. His presentation included an update on the August 2012 amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. As an expert in legal ethics relating to bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Ethics Task Force, Jim is often invited to speak on the subject of ethics.

Jim will be speaking ...

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Pre-Bankruptcy Dos and Don’ts

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A little pre-bankruptcy planning can go a long way to make the bankruptcy process less painful. Struggling debtors are usually so busy treading water, dodging calls from collectors and trying to juggle their finances, that they don’t often think about the practicalities of a bankruptcy filing and tend to make major mistakes along the way.

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  • Continue making payments on vehicles you plan to keep.
  • Reduce the amount of future income tax refunds. (Federal ...
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