What is that you ask? It is someone who ?guarantees? (hence the derivative ?guarantor?) to pay for someone else?s debt should they default on their obligation. It is quite like a co-signer but normally applies to business debt.
As you know, businesses come and go as the days go by. It is quite easy to open and close a business; and as many credit card and loan companies understand this, they will often have the owner of the company personally sign as a guarantor on the loan. This protects the creditor should the business close; this way even if the business itself is not open, there is still a live body that obligated to pay them their monies owed.
The good news is that if you have signed as a personal guarantor on a business credit card or loan and the business has closed, should you file a bankruptcy, you can include that business debt as part of your personal debt to relieve your personal liability on the debt owed. If the business is still open then the creditor has every legal right to go after the business for the debt owed, but not you personally.
In the State of North Carolina, foreclosure hearings are held by the Clerk of Court or Assistant Clerk of Court, as judges rarely hear foreclosures. The Clerk of Court is only to hear cases involving “legal defenses.” Cases involving any other type of defense, such as defense of fraud cases, are to be handled through Superior Court. This is due to North Carolina being a “Power of Sale” state.
Can a person who is not a legal resident of the United Stated file for bankruptcy in the US? According to 11 USC §109(a), any person that resides or has domicile, a place of business, or property in the United States or a municipality, can in fact file a bankruptcy. This means that anyone who lives, owns a business or owns property in the United States can file for bankruptcy, whether they are here legally or not. They do, however, have to have some sort of identifying number such as a social security number or a tax payer ID number.
However, if someone is applying to become a legal citizen of the United States, a bankruptcy on their record could negatively impact their application. Immigration officers typically delve into many areas of a person’s life, including their finances. An immigrant must be able to prove that they are of good moral character in order to be granted citizenship in the United States. Although we have never heard that filing a bankruptcy has stopped someone from receiving citizenship, it is something that should be considered. Having a bankruptcy in their record could throw up a red flag to the immigration office about their morality. There is currently no law that states that a bankruptcy can affect your immigration status legally, but the issue of morality could come in to play.
There is also the chance that information divulged in a bankruptcy proceeding could affect ones immigration status. If in the bankruptcy it is revealed that there are taxes owed, jobs that were obtained illegally, refusal to pay child/spousal support etc., this could greatly affect ones chance to stay in the US and be granted citizenship. If you are an immigrant to the United States and are considering bankruptcy make sure to contact an immigration lawyer and /or bankruptcy lawyer in your area soon.
After filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you should confirm with your attorney whether the monthly mortgage payment is to be paid by you or the Chapter 13 bankruptcy Trustee. Often the mortgage payment is included in your monthly Chapter 13 payment and disbursed to the mortgage company by the Chapter 13 Trustee. Regardless of how the monthly payments are made to the mortgage company, you are eligible to deduct interest paid on your loan if you itemize your deductions on your tax return, and the mortgage interest meets the requirements established by the Internal Revenue Service. The same holds true if the property insurance and taxes are escrowed in your mortgage payment or whether you pay them directly to your insurance agent and city and county tax collector. They should be eligible for deduction on your taxes.
The mortgage company should continue to send you the Form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement which will list the mortgage interest, insurance premiums and real estate taxes paid to them for the tax year. This will only include taxes and insurance if they were escrowed in your monthly payment. If you do not receive Form 1098 by early February following the tax year, you should contact the mortgage company and request they send the form to you. The information on Form 1098 is the same information the mortgage company provides to the Internal Revenue Service regarding your loan.