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ProPublica Finds Significant Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy Outcomes

Ideally, debtors’ circumstances and not their ethnicities should influence bankruptcy chapter choices. According to a ProPublica study from September, however, the United States falls far short of that ideal. In a series of articles, the advocacy group’s researchers discuss the significant racial disparities in debtors’ chapter choices and outcomes: Specifically, black debtors tend to file . . . → Read More: ProPublica Finds Significant Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy Outcomes

Bankruptcy Reform Reduced Filings, Increased Insolvency, Foreclosure

The Wall Street Journal article I referred to in my post on what debtors should do when they’re too poor to afford bankruptcy filing fees cited a pair of articles by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that I missed. In 2015 the branch explored the effects the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Protection and Consumer . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy Reform Reduced Filings, Increased Insolvency, Foreclosure

When Debtors Are Too Poor for Bankruptcy Filing Fees

The Wall Street Journal published an article showcasing a nonprofit startup that is writing software ala Intuit’s TurboTax that’s designed to make it easier for indigent people to file bankruptcy. This is a laudable goal because many debtors’ can’t afford an experienced New York bankruptcy lawyer to handle their cases, and the filing fees are . . . → Read More: When Debtors Are Too Poor for Bankruptcy Filing Fees

Bankruptcy Has No Statute of Limitations

Not all areas of the law are the same, which can lead to confusion for people who are unfamiliar with the law. This can be especially true for bankruptcy because it’s a mundane court process that millions of Americans have encountered, even though it takes place in federal court. One question debtors may ask is . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy Has No Statute of Limitations

Prepetition Debts and Paying Bills in Bankruptcy

Debtors in New York bankruptcy sometimes misunderstand the difference between paying a prepetition debt that they intend to discharge and paying their regular bills while in bankruptcy. The difference is important because debtors can stop paying some debts in bankruptcy, but neglecting the wrong debt can result in the same consequences as though the bankruptcy . . . → Read More: Prepetition Debts and Paying Bills in Bankruptcy

Why File Chapter 7 to Delay an Inevitable Foreclosure?

Chapter 7 New York bankruptcy is often offered as an option for stopping a foreclosure. However, debtors should ask why it’s worth the trouble if they think they will lose their homes anyway. It’s a fair point: Debtors who are behind on their mortgages might not keep their homes in chapter 7. Ultimately, the answer . . . → Read More: Why File Chapter 7 to Delay an Inevitable Foreclosure?

What Happens to Health-Insurance Policies in Bankruptcy?

The connection between bankruptcy and health insurance is well documented. For example, research by the Federal Reserve found that health insurance can keep people out of bankruptcy, and the Affordable Care Act reduced medical bankruptcies by half. Naturally debtors may ask what happens to their health-insurance plans in New York bankruptcy. The short answer is . . . → Read More: What Happens to Health-Insurance Policies in Bankruptcy?

Talk to a Bankruptcy Lawyer Before Negotiating With an IRS Debt Collector

Tax debts can bedevil debtors. They are not easily discharged in a chapter 7 New York bankruptcy, and they are priority claims that must be paid in full without interest in chapter 13. Unsurprisingly, the IRS’s collection efforts will cause more anxiety to debtors than mere credit-card-debt collectors. However, a recent New York Times article . . . → Read More: Talk to a Bankruptcy Lawyer Before Negotiating With an IRS Debt Collector

7 Debts That Are Dischargeable in Chapter 13 But Not Chapter 7

The majority of consumer New York bankruptcy cases are filed in chapter 7 rather than chapter 13, usually for understandable reasons. Debtors choosing chapter 7 probably have few assets, low incomes, and they are mostly looking to discharge unsecured debts. Although chapter 13 might not appear right for many, it does discharge some unsecured debts . . . → Read More: 7 Debts That Are Dischargeable in Chapter 13 But Not Chapter 7

How to Keep Your Pets in New York Bankruptcy

More than two-thirds of American households have pets, and sometimes they run into financial difficulties. For the most part, though, New York bankruptcy protects debtors’ pets, but there are additional considerations that should assuage pet owners.

New York exempts pets. Section 5205(a)(4) of the New York Civil Practice and Law Rules exempts domestic animals from . . . → Read More: How to Keep Your Pets in New York Bankruptcy