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Michael Hollins is a Bankruptcy Attorney taking a unique approach to his law firm, his other businesses, and to life. His business philosophy revolves around having faith, working smart and working hard. You can expect topics on current events, finances, credit repair, debt reduction, home foreclosure, defending a lawsuit, wage garnishments, and yes -- bankruptcy.
 
Lose the Fear. Dispel the Myths. Learn the Process. Begin Again. This podcast is designed to educate the listener as to some of the basic issues involved in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy filing. Many of the podcasts are segments read by attorney, Christopher Missick, from his book, Begin Again, while others are commentaries on current bankruptcy issues and answers to questions from listeners.
 
One of the biggest driving forces in people filing for bankruptcy is the dissolution of a marriage. Whether they need a bankruptcy to resolve financial issues in the course of a divorce, or need to clean up a financial mess created by a marriage that didn’t work out, people end up talking to a bankruptcy lawyer. This podcast works to answer those questions that arise when the bankruptcy is necessitated by a divorce, either by one spouse or jointly by both of them. Since questions also arise ...
 
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I interview Jake Parent, a sales genius who developed what I call a sales script that’s so effective that it can convert 80% of appointments into retained bankruptcy clients. In fact, it’s so effective that I call it the “Irresistible Bankruptcy Sales Script.”If you’re a bankruptcy lawyer that’s not converting 80% of your appointments, you need to …
 
I interview Don Golden, a bankruptcy attorney in Brandon, Florida who dominates his local Google "map pack" and files about 40 bankruptcies a month.In this interview, Don is remarkably candid about how his bankruptcy practice was hobbled by Google's Penguin update, and how he turned things around by obsessively tracking his numbers and building sys…
 
I interview Dan Garrison, a bankruptcy attorney who co-founded Fresh Start Funding with Matt Hartley to help other attorneys offer zero-down Chapter 7s.I learned two things talking to Dan. First, after talking to Dan, I am much more confident that bankruptcy attorneys should go ahead and offer zero-down Chapter 7s today, as long as they do it prope…
 
I interview Steven Skelton, a trained salesperson who answers the phone for his bankruptcy attorney clients.Steven has spent his career in sales, even before he started helping his wife, Susan Skelton, increase sales at her bankruptcy practice. Simply by exercising his sales muscles, he was able to help his wife's practice go from a one-room sublea…
 
I interview Michael Hoverson, a bankruptcy lawyer in Minneapolis who has filed bankruptcies for 31 years. Over the years, he's also noticed that there are many debts that bankruptcy completely ignores.So he's learned legal techniques to slay these "zombie debts," like student loans and tax debts. That's one reason he's been able to spend less on ma…
 
I interview Mike Ziegler of Clearwater, Florida, a bankruptcy attorney who does more than just bankruptcies. In fact, in addition to foreclosure defense, Mike offers an “alphabet soup” of consumer plaintiffs’ claims, including FCRA, FDCPA and TCPA.Mike has blazed a new trail for bankruptcy attorneys who aren’t scared of litigation. And since consum…
 
I interview Michael Jaafar of Fairmax Law in Detroit. I had previously interviewed Michael about private student loans on the podcast, and we got to talking on the phone one day. Michael mentioned that he had found a simple method that any bankruptcy lawyer can use to easily double their bankruptcy revenues by leveraging the Fair Credit Reporting A…
 
I interview David Stidham, CEO of BK Billing, which buys IOUs from bankruptcy lawyers so that they can offer "$0 down" Chapter 7s. By offering financing to cash-strapped prospects, David's bankruptcy lawyer clients are growing by leaps and bounds--and running over more conservative competitors.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* Why …
 
I interview Austin Smith, a bankruptcy lawyer in New York City who is devoted to discharging student loans in bankruptcy. Austin is a legal genius who has blazed a trail for discharging student loans that other bankruptcy lawyers can follow.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* How Austin invented a novel legal theory that allows him t…
 
I interview Christie Arkovich, a bankruptcy lawyer in Tampa who has grown her student loan law practice to over 75% of her practice. Christie tells us exactly how she's been able to pivot from the shrinking bankruptcy market to the booming market for student loan lawyers.* How she's grown her student loan work--in and out of bankruptcy--to 75% of h…
 
I interview Michael Jaafar, a bankruptcy attorney in Detroit who believes that he's found bankruptcy's Holy Grail: discharging student loans in bankruptcy. Or, at least, a way of discharging 80% of private student loans in bankruptcy.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* Why you don't have to do anything extra to discharge those studen…
 
I interview Bob Weed, a bankruptcy attorney in Northern Virginia who happens to have been my client for the last year.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* How he used paid ads to more-than-replace half his organic leads, after Google chopped his organic search traffic in half* How those paid ads -- and a few marketing tweaks -- helped…
 
I interview Marcos Oliva, a bankruptcy attorney in the Rio Grande Valley in the southern tip of Texas.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* The crazy story of how he was "forced" to acquire a competitor's bankruptcy practice -- including the exact details of how he financed the purchase with no money down* The exact strategy he followe…
 
I interview Matt Herron of The Debt Doctors at Quatrini Rafferty, a bankruptcy attorney in Pittsburgh.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* Exactly how to retain more clients using the "minimum retainer" strategy he learned from a high-volume bankruptcy firm* How to "turn around" clients who want a refund and get them to actually file …
 
I interview Jonathan Ginsberg, a bankruptcy attorney in Atlanta.Some of the highlights in this interview include:? How a friend's secret phone call referrals got him started in bankruptcy? Why you should avoid advertising on morning "drive time" radio (and when you should advertise instead)? What makes Social Security Disability a good practice are…
 
I interview Errin Stowell, a bankruptcy attorney in Overland Park, Kansas.Some of the highlights in this interview include:* Exactly how he got 50 phone calls a week using online foreclosure notices, a one-page letter, and a Brother printer.* How he got even more phone calls using judgment notices, his kids, and a few stamps.* Why being consistent …
 
Home ownership is part of the American Dream! It is something we all, to some extent, hope for. But oftentimes that dream becomes a nightmare because all of the proper steps are not taken, or not done correctly. That can turn your home into a money pit! So in this episode of the podcast, I am going to talk about the steps you need to take here in N…
 
Student loan debt continues to be a problem nationally, as the total owed exceeds $1 trillion. Although private loans are also a problem, the good news is that they make up only 15% of the total debt, and federal loans still dominate the landscape. The amount of debt per student (and in many cases the parents) has led to real problems with affordab…
 
The filing of a bankruptcy by one spouse in a divorce is not always a cooperative process, part of an overall strategy. Sometimes the nonfiling spouse can become vindictive and seek to disrupt the bankruptcy filing. In this episode, Meryl and Steve talk about how important it is to keep the financial disclosures in your bankruptcy complete and accu…
 
The automatic stay that bankruptcy provides can be extremely helpful in protecting you from creditors. It can stop a bank levy, a wage execution, or any other attempt to collect a debt. But exceptions in the bankruptcy code can allow your spouse or ex-spouse from taking many actions in family court without bankruptcy court permission. In this episo…
 
In mosty cases, financial difficulties put strain on a marriage that leads to divorce. In those circumstances, bankruptcy can be helpful. But in this episode, Meryl and Steve talk about how financially secure couples can end up in bankruptcy because of how they handle their divorce! Learn how to avoid these mistakes!…
 
Prenuptual Agreements are often used to negotiate many terms of a divorce in advance of the marriage itself. However, they cannot definitively allow you to preplan a bankruptcy discharge of your obligations under it. In this episode, Meryl and Steve talk about why these agreements cannot be worded in such a way as to create dischargeable obligation…
 
You may have agreed upon (or had a judge order) the equitable distribution of your marital assets in your New Jersey divorce. But the chapter 7 bankruptcy filing of one of you can put that distribution into jeopardy. In this episode, Meryl and Steve talk about how to approach this problem!
 
Even after a divorce is final, its effects can linger on. One spouse or the other can be obligated to pay alimony and/or child support, along with maintaining life insurance to protect that stream of income. But what can happen when one spouse files bankruptcy and reveals a higher income than that used to calculate the payments on that obligation? …
 
One common provision in New Jersey divorce decrees is for the educational expenses of the children. In other words, who pays for what in connection with the kids going to college? Filing bankruptcy at any point in this process, whether it is to deal with marital debt or debt incurred after the divorce can cause problems with student loans. In this …
 
A bankruptcy can certainly help you in your divorce if you are weighed down with marital debt. A chapter 13 can also help save a home from foreclosure or get a tax debt paid affordably. But one thing that can really devastate a chapter 13 repayment plan is an unexpected divorce filing. Meryl and Steve talk about what that can do to your plan and wh…
 
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