Myths About Estate Planning and the Truth Behind Them

Estate planning should be a priority for all families and individuals. It’s important to have a plan in case the worst happens. After all, we don’t always see the worst coming and can’t predict what the future holds for us. Having a plan can be the difference between our assets ending up in the right hands or our loved ones being left with nothing when the courts get involved in the process. Unfortunately, another Read More

Now is the Time to Buy Your Dream Home

We hear it time and time again: it’s a seller’s market! On the housing market, there’s a constant back-and-forth between a seller’s and buyer’s market. Right now, houses are selling quickly and often well over the asking price. This scares off a lot of potential buyers who can’t compete with the higher prices, but we want you to rethink the way you view housing costs. When buying a home, it’s important to Read More

Filing for Bankruptcy Could Save You Thousands in Interest

At Velazquez Consumer Law, we get it: bankruptcy is a scary process. It can feel like an absolute last resort to all of your biggest financial nightmares, but it’s important to know bankruptcy court exists as an outlet when you’ve run out of options. At the end of the day, there are benefits to the process, as well. In this case, we’re talking specifically about how filing for bankruptcy could help you save on Read More

5 Warning Signs of Bankruptcy

As we’ve written about before, bankruptcy is not a terrible thing. It is not the end of the world. It doesn’t even mean that you will lose your home. However, it is still an involved process and people should be aware when it is coming. When bankruptcy is on the horizon, there are many preparations you may want to undertake sooner rather than later. If you are in the middle of a tough financial time, it is Read More

3 Estate Planning Resolutions For 2022

The start of a new year is a time for celebration and reflection. Plenty of people like to get a fresh start by committing to New Year’s Resolutions, plans to break new ground and find new approaches to old problems. As you make resolutions about your life, it is also a great time to look at something that is personalized to your ever-changing life: your Estate Plan. An Estate Plan is a legally-binding document Read More

4 Tips For Selling Your Home in Illinois

2021 has been good to home sellers in Illinois. As we’ve written about before, some properties were getting multiple offers in minutes of going on sale. Will that continue into the future? We certainly hope so, but as 2020 taught us, nothing is guaranteed. As we move into the new year, it’s important for home sellers to prepare for anything. Regardless of the market, there are some things that sellers can do to Read More

3 Ways To Rebuild Your Credit Score After Bankruptcy

Some people think that once you file for bankruptcy, your credit score is toast for the rest of your life. They assume that you will have to rely on cash and you will never be able to pass a credit check again to get approved for a mortgage, a lease, a loan, or even a credit card. This simply isn’t true. It’s one of the myths of bankruptcy that we’ve previously written about. In that article, we note that while Read More

4 Times When You Need To Update Your Estate Plan

Your Estate Plan isn’t something that you can set in stone once and assume it will be accurate forever. Your Estate Plan is supposed to be a reflection of your life, so as your life changes, you may need to update your Estate Plan as well. It won’t happen automatically. An Estate Plan is a legally binding plan for what will happen to your possessions and property (your estate) and your funds (your assets) after Read More

What a Real Estate Attorney Can Help You With in Illinois

Whether you’re buying or selling property, any real estate transaction is complicated and often stressful. In Illinois, more people know that than usual right now. We’re in the middle of a nationwide real estate boom, where more buyers are being approved than ever before and sellers are receiving offers mere minutes after their property is on the market To help you through that whirlwind process, you need a full Read More

5 Myths About Bankruptcy to Ignore

Most people think of “bankruptcy” as a dirty word. They would much rather spend decades slowly paying off crippling debts instead of understanding the process and truth behind bankruptcy. In reality, it is a positive option for a lot of people who need financial help. It can give you a fresh start in about two years and allow you to thrive financially once again. Of course, most people don’t really know enough Read More