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What Documents Must Debtors File to Meet Their Duties in Bankruptcy?

The Bankruptcy Code obligates a debtor to fulfill a number of duties to successfully complete a New York bankruptcy. Failure to do so can result in penalties ranging from dismissal to revocation of a discharge order to criminal penalties for bankruptcy fraud. 28 U.S.C. § 521 divides the debtor’s duties into ten subsections, and most

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What Happens When Credit Unions Are Creditors in New York Bankruptcy?

Most bankruptcy debtors’ creditors are giant, impersonal banks. The obvious plus to discharging debts owed to them is that no one cares if their feelings are hurt. Sometimes the situation is different, such as with credit unions, which are banks that are owned by the depositors, usually within a defined geographic area. Often, credit unions’

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Avoid a Dismissal of Your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case

There are more ways for a chapter 13 New York bankruptcy case to end than to begin. Hopefully it ends with a discharge or a completed repayment plan, but some endings aren’t so fortunate. In particular, a chapter 13 case can end in dismissal for any of eleven reasons according to the Bankruptcy Code (11

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Secured Credit Cards Can Help Improve Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

Obtaining a discharge in a New York bankruptcy usually improves one’s creditworthiness just by eliminating bad debts, but that doesn’t mean a debtor’s post-bankruptcy credit score will be remarkably great. However, there are steps former debtors can take to raise their credit scores. One option that doesn’t come up often is using so-called “secured credit

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Sometimes It’s Harder to Pay Debts While in Bankruptcy

In some chapter 7 New York bankruptcies it’s common for debtors to still be earning an income sufficient to pay some of their creditors if they choose to. Often it’s a necessity like a car payment or a mortgage payment. However, some debtors suddenly encounter difficulties making their payments, particularly online. For example, automatic withdrawal

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Don’t Be Concerned With the Term ‘Debt Relief Agency’

If you are falling into financial difficulties, and you are about to discuss your situation with a New York bankruptcy lawyer, you might be told you are consulting with a “debt relief agency.” This phrase might be confusing, as it sounds a lot like “debt settlement,” which is entirely different from bankruptcy. What exactly is

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How Bankruptcy Can Lead the Way to Homeownership

Many people aspire to homeownership, but if they have filed bankruptcy they often believe it’s an unreachable goal. This isn’t true. In fact there are several ways bankruptcy can help someone become a homeowner. (1)  Bankruptcy can improve credit scores and other creditworthiness metrics. It’s avoiding bills and creditors that causes problems. In this sense,

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Obtain a Credit Report Before Filing Bankruptcy in New York

One thing good New York bankruptcy lawyers tell their clients to do is to obtain a credit report in preparation for filing bankruptcy. (In fact, it’s probably a good idea to get the report even before your first consultation with your bankruptcy lawyer.) This can easily be accomplished through Web sites like, which allow

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What Are Bankruptcy Risk Scores?

People considering filing bankruptcy in New York are well aware of the consequences of a bad credit score. They can be denied credit; potential employers might not hire them; and landlords might decline to rent to them. Consequently there’s plenty of advice about how to maintain and buoy a credit score. What isn’t out there,

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What Are the Components of a Credit Score?

One thing debtors are concerned about is their credit scores and the impact filing bankruptcy might have on them. Indeed, as the economy continues to struggle, the importance of credit scores has grown. Although they are not the be-all and end-all of one’s creditworthiness, banks, landlords, insurers, and even potential employers often use them to

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