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The ROAD out of DEBT

"Debt is daunting. Debt takes more than an economic toll; the emotional toll as one struggles with mounting debt is devastating. As stress mounts, people begin to get desperate. And desperate people do dumb things. The Road Out of Debt will serve as your guide through the maze of mounting debt. In a legal, methodical, and jargon-free voice, the authors—one a well-respected bankruptcy judge, the other a distinguished bankruptcy lawyer—carefully present a coherent and user-friendly series of strategies designed to empower the reader to address problems associated with too much debt."—JACK F. WILLIAMS, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

"In The Road Out of Debt, the authors offer their readers dignity through choice and take a no-nonsense approach in helping people get out from underneath the burden of debt. It is a must-read for anyone who is struggling in today's turbulent economic times and is looking for the best strategy to navigate themselves back onto secure financial ground."—JOHN HOPE BRYANT, founder, Chairman and CEO of America's first nonprofit social investing banking network, Operation HOPE and bestselling author of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World

"Don't try to navigate your way out of credit card, medical, student loan, or mortgage debt without this book. It will explain your options; reveal hidden traps and pitfalls; and put you back in control of your finances."—CAROL J. KENNER, retired United States bankruptcy judge

"A marriage of law and finance that has produced a miracle of uncommonly useful advice for consumers that is clear, candid, and hopeful."—STEVE NICKLES, C.C. Hope Chair in Law and Management, School of Law and Schools of Business, Wake Forest University

As more and more people find themselves facing financial difficulties—as a result of everything from the recent credit crisis to the bursting of the housing bubble—an increasing number of people are looking for reliable information to help them get back on the right track.

That's why authors Joan N. Feeney, a preeminent Massachusetts bankruptcy judge, and Theodore W. Connolly, a highly respected finance and bankruptcy attorney, have created The Road Out of Debt. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this timely guide will put you in a better position to face your personal financial problems and deal with them accordingly.

JOAN N. FEENEY is a highly respected, preeminent judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and former chief judge of the court. She has considerable experience in bankruptcy and commercial law and has written extensively on these subjects. Among her many activities, Judge Feeney is the co-Chair of the Joint Bankruptcy Court/Boston Bar Association Task Force on Financial Literacy; coauthor of the West treatise Bankruptcy Law Manual; a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy; President-elect of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; and recipient of the 2005 Boston Bar Association Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service.

THEODORE W. CONNOLLY is a highly respected finance and bankruptcy attorney at one of the largest law firms in Boston, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, and has extensive experience in resolving financial difficulties involving corporations and individuals. Connolly clerked for the Honorable William C. Hillman at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Boston.





Part I: A Road Map to Debt Relief.

Chapter 1: Getting Started.

Chapter 2: Negotiating Your Way Out of Debt.

Chapter 3: Fighting Back.

Chapter 4: Budgeting Your Way Out of Debt.

Chapter 5: The Danger of Quick Fixes.

Chapter 6: Debt Counselors: How to Tell the Sheep from the Wolves.

Part II: Finding Your Way Using Non-Bankruptcy Solutions.

Chapter 7: The Way Out of Credit Card, Medical, or Student Loan Debt.

Chapter 8: Foreclosure Basics and Rescue Scams.

Chapter 9: Sizing Up Your Mortgage Debt.

Chapter 10: The Way Out of Mortgage Debt.

Chapter 11: The Way Out of Auto Debt.

Chapter 12: The Way Out of Tax Debt.

Part III: When to Take the Bankruptcy Route.

Chapter 13: Is Bankruptcy Right for You?

Chapter 14: 21 Bankruptcy Myths.

Chapter 15: Overview of Bankruptcy Types.

Chapter 16: Understanding the Bankruptcy Process.

Part IV: Road Trips: 6 Case Studies in Bankruptcy.

Chapter 17: Two Trips through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

Chapter 18: Two Trips through Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

Chapter 19: A Trip through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Chapter 20: A Trip through Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

Conclusion: The Road Worth Taking.

Appendix A: Helpful Resources.

Appendix B: Bankruptcy FAQs.



About the Authors.