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I was wondering where exactly do I start? I know about the CC's, but how do I handle the government agencies?

First of all, I am so sorry about your mom's predicament! That's got to be an incredible shock.

Second, I have owed money to the IRS before and they were able to work out a payment plan with me. I would try to contact your mom's creditors and ask for a payment plan as well. I am sure they want to work with your mom.

Third, does your mom own her own home? Is it feasible to take out a HE loan for $10K to get this all paid off? Or would you rather leave her home out of it?

Good luck!

Kathleen
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