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Get your house in order: Financial resolutions for 2018

It’s a new year and that means many people are setting goals and resolutions for 2018, hoping to start fresh. One of the best things you can do is to make some financial resolutions for 2018.

Talking about money – saving it, spending it, budgeting it – isn’t always an easy conversation. But setting financial resolutions should be an annual goal for every household. Whether you struggle to pay your bills or live a comfortable life, you should always keep track of your money and set goals annually.

Financial resolutions are one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve your situation so here are our best tips. Read on:

Save, save, save

Yes, we know this one isn’t easy – or popular. But setting financial resolutions should always include a goal for savings. We think you should aim to save 20% of your net income. So, what is net income? It’s the money that you have left after all deductions are removed from your pay, like taxes, contributions and garnishments. A part of your deductions should be a contribution to your retirement. We recommend saving for retirement as early as possible.

It can be difficult to adjust your lifestyle to save more, but it will pay off. And don’t beat yourself up if life happens and you can’t save as much one month. Just restart saving next month.

Monitor your credit reports

Make sure you are in good standing with the different credit report agencies and monitor the activity, making sure there’s no fraud.

Pay your bills immediately

This is a good habit to start in 2018 if you do not already do this. Right after you get paid, make sure all your bills are paid before you buy any extras. Stick to your budget and really drill down on the difference between “wants” and “needs.” Need help with budgeting? Try an app for your smartphone.

Pay off debt

Make 2018 the year you work to trim your debt – aggressively. When setting financial resolutions, paying off debt should be on your list annually. The quicker you get out of debt, the better your financial outlook will be. Bonus? You can save more for retirement!

Spend less

Yes, we know this one isn’t fun. But spending less can really pay off in the long run by allowing you to save more, pay off your debt faster and set aggressive financial goals that will benefit you in the years to come.

Consider a “no spend” month where all you buy are necessities like food, gas and paying your mortgage. Skip the trip to Target and go for a brisk walk instead. Make a list and stick to it at Costco.

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The legal experts at Mina Nami Khorrami LLC wish you and your family a happy, healthy and financially sound 2018!

 

 

 

Four things every homeowner needs to know about foreclosure

Buying a home is a happy time: You begin to dream about the new memories to come, parties you will host and changes you can make to personalize your space. You probably aren’t thinking, however, about foreclosure.

But if you own a home, you should educate yourself about foreclosure. Life happens, things change and circumstances can lead anyone onto this path and what you don’t know can end up costing you.

So, what does every homeowner need to know about foreclosure? We’re sharing four things the legal experts at Mina Nami Khorrami LLC think every homeowner needs to know. Generally speaking, the context of foreclosure defense – from a legal standpoint – is that unless there is a violation of mortgage laws, if someone is behind in paying their mortgage, a good attorney will provide a defense in a foreclosure action.

Their representation, in general, is to help you keep your home.

That’s why it is helpful to have a working knowledge of the process, as a homeowner, so you know what a bank can and cannot do. Knowing how to do a loan modification, assuming you qualify, can make a difference, for example.

Read on:

Timing

The first thing to understand about foreclosure is timing. Once you receive a summons, you have 28 days to file a response or you give up your right to defend yourself against the action. So, you’ll need to move quickly.

Help

Help is available. Many homeowners facing foreclosure can do a loan modification. Many lenders offer this, so it pays to know it’s an option.

Walking away

If you cannot keep your home – or you don’t want to – you may be able to walk away.  A mortgage company does have the right to pursue the foreclosure deficiency judgment (even though they usually won’t).

Other options

If you know you can’t afford to keep your home, you do have options other than walking away. You can try a short sale. A short sale is when a buyer offers less than what’s owed on the mortgage and negotiates with the lender. The homeowner isn’t held responsible.

Filing for bankruptcy is also an option: Either when you want to keep your home or walk away.

Mina Nami Khorrami LLC knows foreclosure

If you or someone you love is facing foreclosure, the legal experts at Mina Nami Khorrami LLC can help. Call us today at 614-857-9590!

Three Reasons to Hire a Bankruptcy Attorney

When most people come to the Mina Nami Khorrami LLC, they are in dire straits. Bankruptcy is their last resort. They’ve tried everything else. So, when they sit in our office, we want them to know these three reasons to hire a bankruptcy attorney.

While bankruptcy can be a scary time, there are positives that can come of it. One of the best things you can do is hire a bankruptcy attorney to help you through the process. It is a complex and involved process and you should not do it alone. When you hire a bankruptcy attorney, you are hiring an expert who can help you navigate the court system and move through the process with a little less worry and stress.

Here are three reasons to hire a bankruptcy attorney. Read on:

We know the law

A bankruptcy attorney knows the laws; every complex bit and loophole. We know how to file your case so it won’t get dismissed. And, we help you navigate all the complex requirements, meet every deadline and follow the process.

We protect your interests

When you hire a bankruptcy attorney, you hire a true advocate. We will be in your corner, making sure to provide comfort during this stressful time, while making sure to protect your interests. We are knowledgeable. We know the consequences. We will be there for YOU.

We know what is expected

Chances are, you’ve never filed for bankruptcy before or it has been a long time since you filed. We have. We know all the requirements and deadlines you’ll face and will make sure they are all met. We know how important it is to have proper guidance when you are facing bankruptcy and we’ll be at the meetings and hearings with you so you know what to expect.

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Like any area of law, bankruptcy is complex, with its own set of rules and procedures to follow. Hiring a bankruptcy attorney will protect your rights and make sure you aren’t put at a disadvantage.

 

Filing a new Chapter 13 case after dismissal of a previous Chapter 13

If you file a Chapter 13 case that is dismissed, can you file another Chapter 13 case afterward to save your house? In re Bieniek, Case no. 16-62113 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio, November 22, 2016) the Bankruptcy Court said yes, under some circumstances. In that case the homeowners filed a Chapter 13 case in 2007. They successfully completed their Chapter 13 plan in 2012 and received a discharge. Subsequently, the husband lost his job and the homeowners fell behind on the mortgage payments. The husband found another job and they filed another Chapter 13 case in 2014 to save their house, but then the husband lost his new job in August of 2016 and their Chapter 13 case was dismissed. Once again the homeowners fell behind on their mortgage payments.

After the dismissal, the husband found another job, and the homeowners filed a third Chapter 13 case on October 12, 2016. The mortgage creditor objected to the homeowners’ third Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, arguing that it was filed in bad faith and the foreclosure on the house should proceed. The homeowners argued that their circumstances had changed and that they had filed their third Chapter 13 case in good faith and would be able to make their plan payments and complete their plan. The Court agreed, finding that the homeowners were now both employed and their income was greater than it was when they successfully completed their first Chapter 13 plan in 2012. Thus, the homeowners were allowed to proceed with their third Chapter 13 case and the foreclosure on their home was stopped.

This result was based on the facts of this particular case and may not apply in all cases. However, under some circumstances, it is possible to successfully file a Chapter 13 to stop a foreclosure after dismissal of a previous Chapter 13 case. If you are considering a Chapter 13 bankruptcy as an option, contact Columbus, Ohio lawyer, Mina Nami Khorrami, for a free initial consultation to discuss your case in more detail.