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Month: July 2015

Do Debtors Think Mandatory Financial Education Works?

That’s the question a pair of researchers raised a few years ago, and the answer might provide insights to debtors in New York bankruptcy. Since the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act was passed, debtors have been required to complete a financial education course prior to discharge, which is not to be confused …

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What Happens to Second Homes in Bankruptcy?

Most of the time, a New York bankruptcy will involve at most only one property, but it’s not unusual for debtors to own more. I’ve touched on the topic of investment properties before, but the topic of second homes or vacation homes is a little different because it’s more personal. So, what happens to them? …

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3 Post-Petition Assets That Can Be Roped Into the Bankruptcy Estate

In most New York bankruptcy cases, the debtor’s assets that are placed into the bankruptcy estate for distribution consist only of what the debtor owns at the time of the bankruptcy filing, less exemptions. Debtors can keep most assets they obtain after filing, except if they file in chapter 13, then that’s a windfall they …

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New York’s Student Protection Unit Announces Closure of Debt Relief Provider

Just last week, I wrote about LegalZoom’s offer to help sign student debtors onto the federal government’s income-based repayment scheme, even though the process is meant to be done by debtors themselves for free. There were two points from that post: One was that LegalZoom might not be the usurper of traditional legal services as …

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Surrendering a Car to Avoid Bankruptcy Probably Won’t Work

Most of the time people want to keep their cars when they’re considering New York bankruptcy. Cars are frequently necessary for commuting, running errands, going on trips out of town, etc. However, sometimes people think that surrendering a vehicle to a lender extinguishes the debt as well. It doesn’t. The situation is similar to that …

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LegalZoom Charges $699 for Help With Completing Free Government Forms

It’s understandable for New York bankruptcy lawyers to cast a wary eye at LegalZoom, the Internet-based legal services company. Most media portrayals treat it as the innovative new business that disrupts the lawyer-dinosaurs, allowing everyday Americans to obtain cheap legal services without the help of an expensive licensed professional, including drafting wills and even preparing …

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Jeweler a Clear Example of Bankruptcy Fraud—and Trustee Tenacity

There are times in which a trustee’s doggedness in hunting down evidence of bankruptcy fraud should serve as a warning to debtors of the consequences of such actions. A particularly tenacious trustee in a Minnesota bankruptcy provides a striking example, as reported by the Star Tribune. Daniel Rohricht operated two jewelry stores until 2011 when …

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NY Post Reports on Debtors’ Bankruptcy Win … Six Months Later

In December 2014, a New York bankruptcy court sided with debtors against Wells Fargo over some assets the bank froze. The case is noteworthy in and of itself—so more on that in a moment—but what’s interesting is that the New York Post chose to report on the story in late June. Seriously. Better late than …

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Football Players Regularly File Bankruptcy

Some people feel discouraged from talking to a New York bankruptcy lawyer because they believe bankruptcy is something only irresponsible people do. That’s understandable, if misguided. Occasionally, however, the news provides opportunities to reassure people of the truth. For example, in April the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) published a paper researching “short-lived income …

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