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March 2017 Archives

Don’t overpay on your medical expenses

Whether you have health insurance or not, you can easily end up with a hefty bill after you receive emergency care, have routine tests run or undergo a procedure in Oregon. If your first reaction to seeing the total is disbelief, this is a good sign that you should investigate further. Our team at The Law Office of Kim Covington is aware of the many ways that health care expenses may be inaccurate, and how people can seek to reduce or eliminate medical debt that they cannot afford.

Possible challenges to garnished wages

In Oregon, wage garnishment, or having a piece of one’s paycheck given directly to a creditor, has several iterations. Private creditors (credit card collectors, unpaid landlords, etc.) require a court judgment against the debtor to garnish wages, while other garnishment can happen without going to court. Unpaid child support, income taxes and student loans do not require a judgment to be garnished.

How do you find a good pre-bankruptcy credit counseling course?

Once you have determined that you cannot get out from under your mountain of debt by making monthly payments, you may be looking forward to the relief of bankruptcy to restore your financial equilibrium. Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Oregon is a process, though, and one of the first steps you must take, before you file, is the completion of a credit counseling course.

Driving an upside-down car

Transportation in Oregon is a necessity, but if you had to buy your car with less than optimal financing, even if you have been making your payments on time, you could find yourself in serious trouble. Sometimes, in order to get a customer into a new car, the dealership’s finance department may offer a loan that extends over several years, and after three or four years of payments, this has the potential to leave you owing much more than the vehicle is worth. At The Law Office of Kim Covington, our team frequently assists people who want to know what their options are for dealing with a negative equity vehicle loan.

Who qualifies for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

When you are not interested in liquidating your assets, but your income does not cover your expenses, it may make sense for you to look at your legal options to get you out from under the financial strain. According to the Oregon State Bar, you may be eligible to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy if you meet certain qualifications.

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Eugene Office
1445 Willamette Street, Suite 9
Eugene, OR 97401

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Albany Office
1135 Dale Street SE, Suite #B
Albany, OR 97321

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Roseburg Office
1701 West Harvard, Suite 201
Roseburg, OR 97470

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Phone: 541-393-2790
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