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Month: March 2019

What will happen at my 341 meeting of creditors in New York?

It’s very common for clients filing for personal bankruptcy to worry about the 341 Meeting of Creditors.  It’s the first “event” in a bankruptcy case and the first time for most clients to actually go to court.  (Though it’s usually the only time the client needs to go to court in a bankruptcy case.) A …

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Bankruptcy, social safety nets and planning ahead

The credit industry lobby did a terrific job of portraying bankruptcy as the refuge of the irresponsible.  Hence the 2005 “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act” (sometimes jokingly referred to as the “Bankruptcy Protection Prevention and Consumer Abuse Act,” which for the record would be BPPCAA). As those of us who work in the …

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Preference lawsuits: How to defend yourself

In a previous post I explained to all the New Yorkers out there what a preference lawsuit is and why you should care. While reading it may have helped make you feel smart at cocktail parties, in the back of your mind you were probably also wondering, “So what exactly should I do if I’m …

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What is a preference payment? And why should you care?

Let’s say someone owes you money.  You know they’re having financial difficulties, so you go to them and try to get them to pay it back to you before they file for bankruptcy.  You have a good relationship with them and they’re kind enough to make sure you get paid back. Three weeks later, the …

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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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What you should know about the trustee in bankruptcy

When the topic of bankruptcy in New York comes up, you hear a lot about things like Chapter 7, Chapter 13, the “means test,” financial statements and a bunch of other important terms. But what do you know about the trustee and his or her role in a bankruptcy case? It’s important to understand what …

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