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Boomers and older Americans still owe on mortgages, unpaid bills

Over the last five decades, many characteristics have been used to describe Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964. The youngest Boomers are now in their mid-fifties, the oldest in their seventies. And one thing that is a common thread among many of them, in Ohio and across the country, is that they still have significant debt.

How different types of foreclosure may affect you

Foreclosure is the process by which a lender, such as a bank or mortgage company, takes possession of a property when the borrower defaults on the mortgage. While this may seem like a simple concept, many people do not realize there are different types of foreclosures. There are three main types of foreclosure: judicial, non-judicial, and strict. Judicial foreclosure is the most common. It is also the only type of foreclosure used in Ohio.

Why is bankruptcy federal law?

Anyone familiar with the American system of law will be familiar with the two-tier arrangement of federal and state laws. In some areas the federal government has determined it necessary to “pre-empt the field” when it comes to a given law, meaning that federal law is to govern instead of state laws. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code is one such law.

How wage garnishments work

When consumers in Ohio fall behind on their bills, one route creditors can take to recover the debt is through wage garnishment. This may be a term you have heard on television or in movies, but how does it actually work? Creditors cannot simply take money from you. There is a process that they must follow.

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