Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) told to pay Debtor $5,046.00 for impounding car during bankruptcy case

When you file for bankruptcy, something called the automatic stay immediately stops any lawsuit filed against you and most actions against your property by a creditor, collection agency, or government entity.   The automatic stay prohibits most creditors from continuing with collection activities, which can provide welcome relief to debtors as well the opportunity to regroup during bankruptcy. Creditors and bill collectors must stop collection activities when they first learn of a bankruptcy filing. What the stay prohibits The automatic stay prohibits Beginning or continuing law suits Collection calls Repossessions Foreclosure sales Garnishment or levies Violations of the stay Anyone 

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Can filing bankruptcy get you out of jail for failing to pay alimony?

A recent case before the United States Appellate Panel of the First Circuit (In re DeSouza, 493 BR 669 – Bankr. Appellate Panel, 1st Circuit 2013) addressed whether a family court judge could legally order a debtor to be in contempt for failing to pay alimony during a pending chapter 13 bankruptcy. The debtor filed a petition under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code in January 2011. In June 2011, the debtor’s spouse filed a complaint for divorce. After a hearing on September 30, 2011, the probate court entered an order granting alimony to the debtor’s spouse in the amount 

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Bankruptcy Stops Your Creditors by Virtue of: The Automatic Stay

What is the “automatic stay”? The automatic stay is one of the most important aspects of the bankruptcy process. Once you file a bankruptcy petition, the automatic stay stops all collection efforts and proceedings against you, all harassment, lawsuits, and any foreclosure proceedings. It gives you breathing room to deal with your financial affairs without interference from your creditors. The automatic stay is the bankruptcy equivalent of a temporary injunction against virtually all creditor activity that might have the effect of advancing the creditor’s interest at the expense of the debtor. An automatic stay restrains creditors from sending collection letters, 

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