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Month: August 2014

What Is ‘Judicial’ and ‘Non-Judicial’ Foreclosure in New York?

Many homeowners file New York bankruptcy to prevent a foreclosure. However, sometimes the terminology can confuse homeowners as to their rights, particularly the terms “judicial” and “non-judicial” foreclosure. Some states allow only one type of foreclosure, but some allow both. Adding to the confusion is that New York used to allow both types, but it …

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New York Bankruptcy Is Better Than Paying a Fraudulent Debt Collector

The New York Times Magazine ran an interesting article on the “dark, labyrinthine, and extremely lucrative world” of consumer debt collection. Its principal characters were an ex-Wall Street banker and an ex-con. Frankly, it read like the cast of characters from a comedy movie like Repo Man. One of the topics the article raised was …

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New York Charges Payday Lenders for Violations

Payday loans are almost certain to send people into New York bankruptcy, and Manhattan’s district attorney’s office has taken notice, according to an article in The New York Times’ Dealbook section. State prosecutors allege they’ve tracked down the ringleader of a payday lending scheme that trapped New Yorkers in an unending cycle of debt. Apparently, …

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Reasons to Be Cautious About Filing ‘Chapter 20’ Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy lawyers frequently tout the potential benefits of filing “chapter 20” New York bankruptcy. There isn’t a chapter 20 in the Bankruptcy Code. It’s in quotation marks because it’s a chapter 13 bankruptcy filed after a chapter 7; seven plus thirteen equals twenty. A junior mortgage that’s completely underwater can be discharged in chapter 7, …

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New York Ranks 37th for Share of Non-Mortgage Debt in Collections

Non-mortgage debt (like credit cards, auto loans, student loans, and other types) commonly leads to New York bankruptcy filings. As a result, it’s important to track information about Americans’ debt levels. In late July, the Urban Institute did just that by publishing a study that revealed some disturbing facts about Americans’ non-mortgage debt. A whopping …

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When Should You Try to Obtain a ‘Hardship Discharge’ in Chapter 13?

A few weeks ago, I brought up the question of why a debtor in chapter 13 New York bankruptcy would want to convert his or her case to chapter 7. One reason given was that a “hardship discharge” wasn’t available to the debtor. A hardship discharge is a special discharge available to chapter 13 debtors …

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