P.T. Barnum’s Bankruptcy

"Your bankruptcy is dull compared to what is going on in the world, and it won’t make the nightly news." P.T. Barnum was an American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1856, after making a series of loans to help develop a city in Connecticut, Barnum was forced to declare bankruptcy. The litigation lasted four years, during which time more than a few Read More

Henry John Heinz’s Bankruptcy

"Sometimes, we are forced into bankruptcy not because we mismanaged money, but because life isn’t always fair or kind." The great advice-columnist Ann Landers once said, “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.” This, too, shall pass. Surely, Henry John Heinz must have muttered a similar sentiment to himself when he Read More

Cyndi Lauper’s Bankruptcy

"Bankruptcy sounds bad, but in reality, people who have declared bankruptcy say that it was their lifeline." It’s hard to imagine how someone making as much money as Burt Reynolds could ever declare bankruptcy, so here is a story that might be more relatable. In 1980, Cyndi Lauper was a struggling musician in a band called Blue Angel. The band’s first and only album was a giant op. Adding insult to Read More

Burt Reynolds’ Bankruptcy

"When a person declares bankruptcy, he or she is given an opportunity to set the course right." In 1996, seventies-heartthrob Burt Reynolds declared bankruptcy, listing $6.65 million in assets and $11.2 million in debts. Let that sink in: He declared $11.2 million in debts. Beyond that, his bankruptcy was common knowledge, and it fell on the heels of a divorce that was heavily publicized and that resulted in Read More

Abraham Lincoln’s Bankruptcy

"Your bankruptcy is only one part of your life, and it is a crisis only if you allow it to be." Abraham Lincoln is best known for ending slavery in the United States, but what you might not know is that prior to becoming the sixteenth President of the United States in 1861, he was co-owner of a general store. In the early 1830s, Lincoln and his partner purchased inventory for their store on credit, only to Read More

What Can I Keep?: 5 Important Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions in Alabama

Getting into more debt than you can handle is a fairly common occurrence for people these days, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel even in the worst of situations. When your income is not sufficient enough to pay your debts in a timely and productive fashion, you have the option of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In the state of Alabama, the process is fairly straightforward and can even allow you to keep Read More

An Introduction to Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

If you need to file for bankruptcy, you might be surprised to find out that there are multiple options available depending on your situation and what your ultimate outcome is. Many people have heard of Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but another helpful method is to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy. With this type of filing, you can still keep your commitment to repay your creditors on a modified time frame and have the ability to Read More

Considering Bankruptcy? Here’s What Not to Do

Filing for bankruptcy can be a necessity for some who have gotten too deep into debt or have more expenses than they can keep up with. While it can be portrayed as a get out of jail free card, the process for filing is complex and it leaves a very large blemish on your credit report. However, if bankruptcy is your only option, be very careful about your financial decisions in the days leading up to your filing. Here Read More

Attorney Jeff Irby to Attend Community Action Poverty Simulation

Attorney Jeff Irby will be attending the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) in February. This unique event is being organized by theVolunteer Lawyer's Program and is designed to help ordinary citizens get firsthand experience as to what it's truly like to live in poverty. Through the help of non-profit organizations and Community Action clients, the Poverty Simulation works to promote poverty awareness, Read More

What You Need to Know About the Difference Between Reorganization And Liquidation Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can sound like a very intimidating and complex process, but in reality, it can be a true lifesaver for both businesses and individual consumers. If you or your company have gotten in over your head with debt and aren’t able to keep up with your day-to-day expenses, choosing to file for bankruptcy might offer some light at the end of the tunnel just when things seem darkest. There are a Read More