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  • "Valerie went way above & beyond to be helpful and make sure everything was clear.  She's a real spitfire!  Steve & Patti were very professional. Thank you for completing my bankruptcy!  I know it wasn't an easy one." 
             – Ken H., Woodland Park, CO 12.28.13

  • “Patti was so sweet and helpful. And that Valerie...as soon as she heard about my garnishment, she got things moving quickly.  She's quite a go-getter!  My attorney, Mr. Stratman made this process seem very simple, and he was very helpful. ” 
                   – Karie & Glen,  Colorado Springs, CO  05/17/14

  • "I love you Patti!  You mad the process doable for me. And Steve, you were fantastic!  You worked with me and educated me when no one else did.  I enjoyed your leve of professionalism " 
         – JoAnn S.,Highlands Ranch, CO   05.18.14

  • " I love Valerie! She's so friendly with a great attitude...and very helpful.  It was so nice to have someone like Mr. Swift that was so experienced in all areas. " 
            – Jessica W.,  Colorado Springs , CO   05.12.14

  • "Stephen Swift is a wonderful and awesome man.  I will remember him in the future! :)  Both Patti & Valerie are wonderful ladies to talk to.  I rate this place a 10.  I would recommend them to anyone else I knew who was in my situation. "  – Connie L, Colorado Springs  6.26.14

  • "What can I say about Mr. Swift? He is the greatest.  A fighter for the client! Cris was a "jack of all trades"...an excellent listener, and she answers questions promptly.  Patti & Valerie were both very friendly and knowlegeable. I rate my experience with this firm a 10!" 
          – Coleen S,  Colorado Springs  4.29.15

  • "Everyone was very knowledgeable, organized and friendly!  We learned a lot from Mr. Swift.  Our case went very smooth, and it was filed quickly.  We appreciate that!" 
       – Francisco & Rebecca, Colorado Springs 03.19.15

  • "Everyone I came into contact with at Swift Law Firm was friendly and professional.  They also went above & beyond inbeing helpful!"  – Christopher, Colorado Springs  03.23.15

  • " Mr. Swift, not only did you work to get us a home during our bankruptcy, you also got our bankruptcy from 5 years to under 3 years.  Amazing! Thank you for looking at our case.  We are so grateful!   " 
                –Nicole W.,  Canon City, Colorado  09.14.14

  • " Great service!  Staff is extremely helpful & attentive!  I highly recommend Swift Law Firm to anyone needing bankruptcy service/advice. Patti & Cris were always professional and courteous and a pleasure to talk to.  Mr. Swift is an excellent attorney.  He is very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law and how it pertains to each individual. Great to work with.  Thank you Patti, Cris & Steve!  "    –Tonya  H.,  Colorado Springs, CO   09.08.14

  • " Your law firm is the best, and I can't thank you enough for being willing to go above and beyond to help me with my financial situation! Patti is always so nice, and Mr. Swift is AWESOME!  " 
          –Denise L. , Colorado Springs, CO  07.24.14

  • " Dearest Mr. Swift & staff, I just wanted to say thank you very much.  You all have been wonderful!  Bless you for doing your jobs with honesty and integrity.  Hard qualities to find these days! Especially in attorneys.  You are the best!  I will keep in touch, just to pester you.  Ha Ha  –Yolanda S.,  La Veta, Colorado  11.01.14

  • " Very nice people to work with! I would recommend them to anyone I know that was in my situation. Mr. Swift is very friendly, and he made us feel very comfortable.  Thank you! "  –Brenda H., Colorado Springs, CO 12.03.14

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    “I would rate my overall experience at the firm as a ten!  Patti was very nice & helpful, and Valerie was very knowledgeable!  They    gave me multiple options for my situation and helpful email reminders.  My attorney, Jon Stratman was very kind and gave me helpful guidance throughout the process.”   – anonymous




  • "Anyone looking for a highly respected bankruptcy lawyer, I definitely recommend Stephen H. Swift Law Firm. Everyone there is so friendly and so helpful. They make it easy to pay for your bankruptcy and are pretty affordable. My reason for highly recommending them is because they go above and beyond for you. They are very sympathetic with the situation you are in. They always have your back. Especially one person in-particular on her day off, will call and handle any creditor that is harassing you. My bankruptcy has been filed and discharged for almost a little over a year now and I will get a phone call every once in a while and I just call them and they take care of it at no cost to me. Valerie, Patty and Stephen I am and always will be grateful for you. Thank you again for all you've done. I love Stephen H. Swift Law Firm.  " 
         – Kathy Garcia., Burlington, CO   09.10.15

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21 Nov 2013

Dealing with the “Side Effects” of Bankruptcy

A lot has been written about restoring one's financial fitness after bankruptcy, but bankruptcy does just as much damage to a person's psyche. After bankruptcy, anger and shame are natural emotions, but they don't need to last forever. Many people find that a financial catastrophe like this it is just what they needed to get a fresh start. While this doesn't negate the fact that bankruptcy causes long-term damage to their credit report, one that won't go away yet for seven years, it is still better than continuing along the path they were on.


Even if your friends and family tell you it's going to be okay, the experience can still be bruising to your ego. "The creditors make you feel like you failed, you are a loser and you are worthless," says Robin Hardy, a person whose company, the Moosey Group Inc., filed for bankruptcy.

According to many bankruptcy "survivors," a common reaction is a feeling of failure. The shame of having to declare bankruptcy can be crippling at first, particularly for successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Feelings of failure go beyond one's personal bank balance and extend to include family relationships, business alliances and one's professional reputation. Needless to say, this impact is felt beyond the individual. This is why it is so important to take any necessary steps to avoid bankruptcy entirely.

Secrets of surviving personal bankruptcy:

Here are some "survival tips" to help you stay out of trouble before you contemplate bankruptcy:
Don't bite off more than you can chew. Every time you make a purchase with a credit card, put away the amount of that purchase in a separate account and pay the bill in full every month. This may be a difficult habit to form but it will keep you from accumulating more debt.

Downsize your lifestyle. Get a roommate or find a less expensive place to live. Avoid the dining out trap and learn to cook delicious meals at home. Bring your lunch instead of going out every day. Cut back on "extras," like premium cable channels, satellite radio, regular massages.

If you do have to declare bankruptcy, don't wallow in guilt. A lot of people find that they get a second chance at life through bankruptcy. Take this time to reinvent yourself and take this opportunity to get a fresh start with your financial future. From a business perspective, bankruptcy forces you to explore who you really are and embrace the opportunity to reinvent yourself.

Why do women file for bankruptcy?

Other than women who have overspent on credit cards, there is another set of circumstances that affects women more than men. It is the dishonesty of a significant other or spouse.

In many cases, a woman's husband may have convinced her to put her home in her name only, but then when the relationship fell apart she was stuck with the burden of paying the mortgage. In other cases, a woman may have added a fiancé or significant other to her credit card, then after breaking the engagement she was forced to file for bankruptcy because of the bills he racked up.

Other than dishonesty, some common causes include a bad economy, medical bills and job loss. Many women have found they needed to file for personal bankruptcy after a divorce if their job wasn't sufficient enough to sustain their current debt load.

No matter how you landed in bankruptcy court, it isn't a death sentence. Many people find that after bankruptcy they are happier, more grounded in their personal lives and careers, and better able to navigate their financial future.

Who is filing for bankruptcy?

According to one of our recent blogs, "What Are The Patterns of Bankruptcy Filers" the most common reasons for bankruptcy are often related to circumstances beyond the control of the filer. For example, a study from 2005 revealed that 46 percent of bankruptcies were related to medical expenses from a serious illness not covered by insurance and the resulting loss of income. Shortly after this study was completed, drastic changes in the economy caused bankruptcy from unemployment, underemployment and credit card debt.

At the time of petition, the average age of the filer seems to be rising. Since the early 90's more senior citizens are declaring bankruptcy while fewer filers are under the age of 25. In fact, since 2007 those under 25 made up less than 2% of all filers. During that same period of time, the percentage of older petitioners more than doubled, now accounting for nearly 20% of all filers.

Stephen H. Swift

Managing Attorney
Law Office of Stephen H. Swift, P.C.

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