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Month: January 2010

WNYC talks with a debt collector

Most New Yorkers’ interactions with a debt collector involve incessant calling, perhaps yelling and verbal abuse and in some cases threats and outright lying (which, for the record, is illegal). Today, however, NPR’s affiliate WNYC has a story where they actually talk to a young gentleman who works for a third-party debt collection company and …

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Small business owners: Watch out for debt relief scams like Corporate Turnaround

I’ve written posts here previously warning individuals about debt relief companies, which often are guilty of creating more debt and no relief. But recent trends indicate that small business owners also need to watch out for debt relief scams specifically aimed at small businesses. This post on CreditSlips.org by Professor Bob Lawless notes an increase …

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Bruce Weiner Debtor Case Studies: Other people’s debt

“Bruce Weiner Debt Case Studies” is a new recurring feature on this blog that will summarize some of the facts in a client’s bankruptcy case.  The goal is to share the kinds of real world circumstances that lead people to bankruptcy and to demonstrate how the bankruptcy process and a good bankruptcy lawyer can help. …

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Sign of the times: Stand-up comedy on credit card debt and debt collectors

I’m in no way advocating comedian Tim Clue’s tongue-in-cheek approach to credit cards and debt collectors.  But it is nice to see a humorous take on the subject and an acknowledgment that this is an issue that people deal with every day. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5bbvMR8Ee4&feature=player_embedded] If you’re facing problems with credit card debt and bill collectors, please …

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Bernie Kosar bankruptcy offers lessons for average Americans facing bankruptcy

Foreclosure.  Divorce.  Child support.  Business debts.  Bad investments. The same things that led Bernie Kosar to need bankruptcy protection–first under Chapter 11 reorganization and then via a conversion to Chapter 7 liquidation–are what cause many other Americans to file for bankruptcy as well. Yet despite the number of bankruptcies filed by celebrities and other high …

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Another celebrity bankruptcy: Actor Barry Corbin

In light of my recent post on celebrity bankruptcies from the past decade, I thought it’s worth noting another recent celebrity bankruptcy filing:  actor Barry Corbin. If you don’t know his name, you almost certainly know his face from roles in Lonesome Dove, Dallas, the Police Academy series, Urban Cowboy, Northern Exposure and appearances in …

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My connection to the Top 10 Celebrity Bankruptcies of the Decade

I don’t usually re-post directly from other blogs.  But I just came across a “Top 10 Celebrity Bankruptcies of the Decade” list on the TotalBankruptcy blog, and, in addition to being a good piece of research as well as a good read, I noticed that I’ve represented one of celebrities who made the list. So …

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