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For College Credit B in Bankruptcy D in Debt

June 23, 2014



Escalating college costs – old news.  Parents being legally bound to pay for college for their children, currently in debate.  Student loan debt crippling future generations before they even have a job or a chance….tie in with divorce, questions on the age when a child is legally emancipated, lack of uniform federal guidelines on a parent’s responsibility to pay for a child’s college education, student loan debt, potential future student loan bankruptcy – the public outcry is just starting – right now it’s just a whisper where there needs to be a roar.

As the attorney for Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who successfully sued her parents for college support, Tanya Helfand, Esq., Founder, Helfand & Associates can speak authoritatively on the immediate need for laws to offer adequate protections.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson has started to lay the framework of this national injustice.

Reverend Jesse Jackson. One of the great civil rights leaders of the twentieth- and now twenty-first century, Jackson has long been on the forefront of issues regarding economic justice and the future of young people. He has recently taken a particular interest in the issue of student loan debt, and on May 6, 2014 he used his op-ed column in the Chicago Tribune to speak on the devastating impact student loan debt has on both young people in particular but also their families, and on our nation as a whole. Entitled, "Indenturing Our Young People (http://www.suntimes.com/news/jackson/27255325-452/indenturing -our-young-people.html#.U3fTQS-Cpdo)," the article notes that while since 2003 student loan has quadrupled to nearly a trillion dollars, during one of the worse employment climates in modern history, "because of the force of the bank lobby, student loans can't be discharged with bankruptcy. They cannot be refinanced. They burden students for a lifetime. The feds will even garnish your Social Security to repay them."

As Reverend Jackson is bringing this discussion to national awareness - Ms. Helfand is impassioned by the unfortunate trajectory of  swelling college costs, a lackluster job market, laws that are not yet effectively in place to protect children and bankruptcy  a sad option to thrust upon generations of college students.

With 22 years of legal experience, Tanya Helfand offers valuable information on all aspects of family law.  Ms. Helfand is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney for the State of New Jersey. She is a 2014 NJBIZ “Best 50 Women In Business,” award recipient.

 Helfand & Associates provides skilled legal services for individuals, families, and small businesses. The firm brings a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge in the areas of matrimonial, divorce and family law including but not limited to custody, alimony, child support/complex financial cases, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence matters.

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201.563.4614 Helfand & Associates

Helfand & Associates provides skilled legal services for individuals, families, and small businesses. The firm brings a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge in the areas of matrimonial, divorce and family law including but not limited to custody, alimony, child support/complex financial cases, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence matters.



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