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Month: July 2009

Debt settlement company exposed by ABC News

“We’ll help you settle your debts for pennies on the dollar.” Sound familiar?  Maybe you’ve seen these Credit Solutions ads on TV, on the internet or even in the New York subway.  ABC News recently ran a segment where they investigated Credit Solutions and the debt settlement industry, which revealed that the debt settlement company …

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BAPCPA Man: A new cartoon hero for the bankruptcy world

The creators of the Bankruptcy Bill cartoon (http://bankruptcybill.us) have unveiled a new cartoon hero called BAPCPA Man who will presumably fight for the bankruptcy rights of individuals throughout this great nation.  (BAPCPA, for the record, is the acronym for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.) Bankruptcy Attorney Brooklyn NY This could …

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New York personal bankruptcy rate likely to continue to increase

New York’s unemployment rate has increased to 8.7% from 8.2%, the worst it’s been since October 1992.  (FYI, the national rate just moved from 9.4% up to 9.5%, so New York is doing relatively well, but still…) On healthcare, our government is facing an uphill battle in creating some sort of national healthcare option that …

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Subprime loan modification companies

If you’re facing foreclosure in New York or considering seeking a loan modification for your home in New York, then here’s one more reason to stay away from loan modification companies (as if you should need any more convincing). According to a piece in The New York Times, many of the companies offering to help …

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What you should know about the credit counseling requirement

“Credit counseling” has a couple different meanings and common uses, and it can be very confusing for anyone considering bankruptcy in New York.  So I thought I would to take a moment to clarify. One meaning is the credit counseling requirement under the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (aka BAPCPA).  All individual …

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New Bankruptcy FAQ section

Just want to let everyone know that the Bankruptcy FAQ section from our website is now also available on this blog. In the Bankruptcy FAQ section, you can find answers on the following topics: What disclosures must a collection agency provide to a debtor? What actions must a collection agency avoid? Are there any alternatives …

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Big drop in Brooklyn housing prices

“FREE-FALLING:  Borough housing prices plummet,” screamed the lead article in the July 10th edition of The Brooklyn Paper. While it may not be quite as dramatic as the headline indicates in the “Brownstone Belt” (as the article refers to Brooklyn), it’s impossible to deny that the housing crisis is also affecting what has been thought …

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Why did Lenny Dykstra file for Chapter 11?

You’ve probably heard by now that former New York Met star Lenny Dykstra (aka “Nails”) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and all about his financial woes stemming from litigation, divorce, foreclosure, etc. But why Chapter 11?  Isn’t Chapter 11 bankruptcy for companies?  And don’t individuals usually file for Chapter 7 liquidation?  Or maybe for Chapter …

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How NOT to declare bankruptcy

A short (and funny) video from the TV show The Office that shows how not to declare bankruptcy–in Scranton, PA, in New York or anywhere else: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM] The real way to “declare” bankruptcy in New York is to file a petition with the Bankruptcy Court. You might be surprised, however, to learn that most lawyers …

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Foreclosure mediation and other new ways to encourage loan modification

As New Yorkers and the rest of America brace for more foreclosures, the loan modification option has not helped as much as hoped.  As a result, a number of states have been implementing foreclosure mediation programs and other alternative dispute resolution options aimed at nudging more mortgage banks to the negotiating table. The Center for …

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