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Month: April 2019

Preference Actions: What is the “Ordinary Course of Business” Defense?

In a previous post (“Defenses to Preference Actions – Part I“), I explained that there are three common defenses to preference actions (also often called “preference lawsuits”) that you can use if you’ve received a demand letter from a bankruptcy trustee, from counsel to a Debtor-In-Possession or counsel to a creditors committee. The first one …

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Defenses to Preference Actions – Part 1

In previous posts on this site (What is a Preference?  And why should you care? and Preference Actions:  How to Defend Against Them), I’ve addressed the topic of preference actions (also commonly referred to as preference lawsuits). If you read those two posts, then you know that, from a creditor’s perspective: Preference actions seem unfair …

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Are any debts non-dischargeable in a bankruptcy case in New York?

The goal of a bankruptcy case is to get the discharge.  This is true whether your bankruptcy is in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island or anywhere else in New York or the rest of the U.S.  And it’s the same whether it’s a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The discharge is what …

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Bankruptcy Mistakes: Don’t do these things before you file for bankruptcy in New York

Bankruptcy is often a counter-intuitive process.  Some things that seem innocuous or insignificant may be anything but.  In particular, there are some common mistakes that people make in perfectly good faith.  If you’re thinking of filing for bankruptcy in New York, here are a few things to be aware of. 1. Don’t withdraw your retirement …

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Should I max out my credit cards before I file for bankruptcy?

Q:  Since all of my debts will be discharged after I file for bankruptcy, should I go ahead and max out my credit cards before I file for bankruptcy in New York? A:  NO.  DO NOT RUN UP BIG CREDIT CARD BILLS BEFORE YOU FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY IN NEW YORK. If the bankruptcy judge believes …

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Can I rebuild my credit after bankruptcy in New York?

Yes, you can rebuild your credit within a few years if you’re careful about your finances and pay your bills on time after you’re done with your bankruptcy case. A lot of people worry about their credit history when they consider filing for bankruptcy in New York.  It’s a legitimate concern and a healthy impulse …

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Can I keep my home if I file for bankruptcy in New York?

Yes, you can keep your home if you file for bankruptcy in New York. But it’s not a given.  And depending on your circumstances, there are a few different ways to do it. If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then you can keep your home as long as the remaining equity in your home …

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