Philadelphia Homestead Exemption

If you own property in Philadelphia and it is your primary residence, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on your Real Estate Tax. Most homeowners will typically save about $550 a year on their Real Estate Tax bill. It works by reducing the taxable portion of your property assessment. In effect for 2019 Real Estate Tax bills, the assessed value of the property is reduced by $40,000 when you apply the Homestead Exemption to your Real Estate Tax bill. Apply: Via the online Homestead Exemption application. Over the phone by calling the Homestead Hotline at (215) 686-9200. By mail using 

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Stopping a Sheriff Sale in Philadelphia

How quickly can you stop a Sheriff Sale Attorney Dunne? Answer: 60 minutes or less.  Attorney Dunne – Gets it Done!! Here is a recent example of Stopping a Sheriff Sale in Philadelphia. A client called late Monday evening, August 6, 2018 around 7.00 PM and inquired if it was possible to stop a Sheriff Sale scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9.00 AM. After reassuring the client that it is indeed possible to save his property from the Sheriff Sale, I immediately conducted a thorough intake; downloaded his credit reports; and prepared a 1st draft of the emergency 

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Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

I attended a CLE at the Friends School late last night and discovered a relatively new non-profit legal aid organization by the name of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE). PLSE’s mission is to work toward outcomes for low-income individuals who have had contact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. PLSE advocates for a more equitable social environment for those with criminal records, including expanding access to employment and social services. The Philadelphia Criminal Records Expungement Program was created as a tool to stop the cycle of poverty by giving people a second chance who have demonstrated that they have turned their 

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Bankruptcy and Credit: The Real Impact of Bankruptcy on Your Credit Score

Many people considering bankruptcy hesitate for fear of damaging their credit scores. The real impact of bankruptcy on your credit score may surprise you. Credits scores often improve an average of 80 points immediately after bankruptcy. But why? A credit score is composed of 35% payment history; 30% amounts owed; 15% length of credit history; 10% new credit; and 10% credit mix. Bankruptcy erases the “30% amounts owed” category by virtue of your discharge order in bankruptcy. That’s the simple answer as to why your credit score increases. If you do file for bankruptcy, it’s not the end of your financial 

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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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