Baran Bulkat

J.D., California Western School of Law

Baran Bulkat is a former consumer bankruptcy attorney with extensive experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings as well as debt settlement. He has authored numerous bankruptcy and debt management articles on as well as other Nolo sites. He has also updated a previous edition of Nolo's book, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

In addition to his bankruptcy experience, Baran also worked as an analyst and compliance manager for a large financial planning firm where he obtained his Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses.

Baran received his undergraduate degree in business management from Georgia Tech and his law degree from California Western School of Law.

Articles By Baran Bulkat

My ex filed for bankruptcy and he owes me back child support. Does he still have to pay me?
People owing child support can't erase it by filing for bankruptcy. So if your ex files for bankruptcy, they will still have to pay back child support owed to you. Learn about child support and Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy.
The Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions
In addition to the bankruptcy exemptions, you might be able to take advantage of certain exemptions outside the bankruptcy code to help you protect your property when you file for bankruptcy. These exemptions are known as "federal nonbankruptcy exemptions."
Divorce During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
What happens if you are in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and you decide to get divorced? Learn about your options when facing divorce during Chapter 13.
Credit Card Debt and Death
When a person dies, his or her credit card debt is not automatically wiped out. Whether a credit card company can recover its debt depends on state law, the amount of property in the decedent’s estate, and if anyone else cosigned the obligation. Read on to learn more about what happens to credit card debt after death.
Am I Liable for My Spouse's Credit Card Debt?
Most states (called common law states) use common law rules when determining who is liable for a particular debt in a marriage. In common law states, you are usually only liable for credit card debt if the obligation is in your name.
If I file for bankruptcy, will it affect my pending divorce case?
Learn why filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy will impact the property portion of your ongoing divorce case, but not child custody and support issues.
How Much Will a Lawyer Charge to Negotiate With My Creditors?
The cost of hiring an attorney to negotiate with your creditors can vary significantly depending on your circumstances. In most cases, how much a lawyer will charge depends on:
What Is the Difference Between a Debt Collector and a Creditor?
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects debtors against abusive collection tactics by debt collectors.
What Is Credit Card Debt Consolidation?
If you’re struggling to pay off multiple credit cards, consolidating your debt could allow you to reduce your interest rate and lower your monthly payments. But consolidating debt isn’t always the best option.
Car Repossession Laws: An Overview
Learn about car repossessions: how they work, how to avoid them, and your options if it happens to your car.