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5 Steps to Take After Declaring Bankruptcy

About 1 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2013. If you were one of them, you've likely heard that bankruptcy will stay on your credit reports for 10 years. You might be assuming your life is over — at least financially — for the next decade, but you'd be wrong. Bankruptcy does do major...
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What Are the Risks of a Short Sale?

Short selling property has many benefits, but is not for everyone and there are many pitfalls that you may not be aware of.  The benefits of a short sale if properly negotiated is release from personal liability and liability from the real property, eliminate future home owners assessments, fines from...
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What Creditors Can Be Discharged in a Bankruptcy

Most if not all creditors are subject to the bankruptcy discharge, even taxes. The non-exclusive list: credit cards, certain taxes, medical debts, personal injury debts, some tort claims, delinquent utilities, some home owners dues, mortgages, personal lines of credit, business debts, some student loans etc. Even if a debt is...
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Recovering From Bankruptcy

Great article from US News & World Report with helpful tips for getting back on your feet after bankruptcy.  If you're in need of help with filing for bankruptcy, contact our team at Integrity Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation. A Roadmap Out of Bankruptcy To get back on your feet,...
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Should I File for Bankruptcy?

How to Determine Whether a Person Should File for Bankruptcy The general rule of thumb is anyone can qualify for a bankruptcy, but is it in a person’s best interest to file? The answer is not simple. There are three major types of bankruptcies that people may use to discharge...
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WASHINGTON FORECLOSURE FAIRNESS ACT

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions in conjunction with Washington State Housing Finance Commission and Washington Department of Commerce has developed a website to provide Washington homeowners with information regarding their ownership rights and their rights under foreclosure.  http://www.homeownership.wa.gov/ Effective July 22, 2011, Washington State has made mediation mandatory for lenders before...
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How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading

How Chapter 11 Works

By Legal Assistant | April 21, 2020 A chapter 11 case begins with the filing of a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the debtor has a domicile or residence. A petition may be a voluntary petition, which is filed by the debtor, or it may be an involuntary petition, which is filed by… Continue Reading

How Chapter 7 Works

By Legal Assistant | April 21, 2020 A chapter 7 case begins with the debtor filing a petition with the bankruptcy court serving the area where the individual lives or where the business debtor is organized or has its principal place of business or principal assets. (3) In addition to the petition, the debtor must also file… Continue Reading

News Blog: Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

By Legal Assistant | January 26, 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et… Continue Reading

News Blog: Home prices set a record this year thanks to demand from tech workers and Chinese investors

By Legal Assistant | January 4, 2017 By Emel Akan, Epoch Times | December 29, 2016 | Source: Epoch TimesSeattle home prices hit a record high this year and are rising faster than anywhere else in the country. The city’s thriving tech industry is fueling job growth and demand for homes. It also has become an attractive… Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy or Sell a Home?

By Legal Assistant | December 13, 2016 Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant events in one’s life which involves the law of real property. A real estate attorney is the only professional who is trained to deal with these special issues of practice as there are so many complexities that may arise… Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

By Legal Assistant | October 4, 2016 Foreign investors and their families have been able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through the 5th Employment-Based Preference (EB-5) visa program established in 1990.  EB-5 visas have many advantages: Foreign investors do not need sponsorship from an employer or family member. There are no language, business, or… Continue Reading

Prenuptial Agreements for a peace of mind before marriage

By Legal Assistant | June 13, 2016 Prenuptial agreement is made by a couple before they marry, and it concerns the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. Couples who bring personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. It is not one of the things that come to mind when you are about… Continue Reading

USCIS Proposed Fee Increases

By Legal Assistant | May 26, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review, after refining its cost accounting process, and determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the services… Continue Reading

Attention Future/Current Airbnb Hosts: Why Start as an LLC?

By Legal Assistant | May 18, 2016 Injured guests, damage to yours or neighboring properties, and unpaid taxes are just one of the few issues that you might deal with as an Airbnb host. Hence, it is pivotal to familiarize yourself with the local laws that govern home rentals, as well as tax consequences involved. First, you… Continue Reading