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Attorney Tina Tran

Attorney Tina Tran

Bankruptcy Attorney

Tina Tran is the managing bankruptcy attorney for Upsolve, the largest consumer bankruptcy non-profit in the United States. She received her Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Before joining the leadership team at Upsolve, Tina ran her own consumer bankruptcy practice, which she started at the age of 28, defending debtors trying to get back on their feet against aggressive and predatorial lenders and debt collectors. She believes in keeping the law simple and making it accessible for everyday people facing creditor lawsuits, wage garnishments, bank account freezes, foreclosures, and repossessions.

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How to File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Step-by-Step Guide

Filing chapter 13 bankruptcy is much like filing chapter 7 bankruptcy, initially, but it does get much more complicated.

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Steps to Take if a Debt Collector Sues You?

There are three steps you can take if a debt collector sues you. Or, you can file bankruptcy. A bankruptcy will stop any pending debt collection lawsuits against you.

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Mock 341 Meeting: What To Expect At Your Creditors’ Meeting

In this article and video we will be walking you through what goes on in a typical 341 Meeting of Creditors, and hopefully help calm your nerves! It’s going to be okay! We promise.

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City of Chicago’s “Fresh Start” Parking Ticket Debt Payment Plan Program

Within the past few years, investigative reporters from ProPublica have uncovered the disparate effects of Chicago’s parking and red-light ticketing system on low-income communities of color. Under a new Illinois ordinance, people filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy could erase their ticket debt if they met certain qualifications.Read on to learn more.

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Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Worth It?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is worth it when you do not qualify to file a Chapter 7 and have assets you want to protect.

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Does Bankruptcy Affect Alimony?

You'll still be obligated to pay alimony if you file for bankruptcy. Alimony is not a dischargeable debt.

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Will Bankruptcy Affect My Citizenship Application?

You can still file for bankruptcy without being a United States citizen, but your immigration and citizenship applications may be affected.

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Can I File a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy if I am Unemployed?

You do not have to be employed to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but you do have to have the capability to make monthly payments to your trustee.

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Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income families who cannot afford lawyers file bankruptcy for free, using an online web app. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have world-class funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and leading foundations. It's one of the greatest civil rights injustices of our time that low-income families can’t access their basic rights when they can’t afford to pay for help. Combining direct services and advocacy, we’re fighting this injustice.

To learn more, read why we started Upsolve in 2016, our reviews from past users, and our press coverage from places like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


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