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Month: October 2017

FTC, State Governments Crack Down on Student-Loan Relief Scammers

For several years now, Americans have owed more in student loans than any other type of consumer debt other than mortgage debt. At the same time, student-loan relief scammers have popped up to take advantage of borrowers. Student loans may be difficult to discharge in a New York bankruptcy, but debtors can at least avoid …

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CFPB Finishes Payday Lending Rule, Hopes to End ‘Debt Traps’

Payday loans are often very dangerous to consumers because their high interest rates make it easy for debtors to fall behind on their payments. Naturally, New York bankruptcy cases often include payday loans. Consequently, a few years ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began drafting a rule that would regulate payday lenders while not …

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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 …

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When Can a Debtor Reopen a New York Bankruptcy Case?

Sometimes after bankruptcy cases are closed or dismissed, debtors will want to reopen them for a variety of reasons depending on the circumstances. Bankruptcy courts have substantial power to grant debtors requests to reopen their cases, so it can be helpful to know when it’s allowed, especially when self-represented debtors’ cases were dismissed due to …

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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 …

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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 …

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