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Assigning Dollar Values to Your New York Small Business in Bankruptcy

When people file bankruptcy in New York, they have to list their assets and debts on their petition. These are usually fairly straightforward: houses, cars, and other personal property. The value of these items is easy to calculate. However, many petitioners operate their own businesses, and the process of valuing them is not so obvious.

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Chapter 13 Debt Limits Won’t Stymie Your New Bankruptcy

The most common route for filing bankruptcy in New York is file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It’s quicker than Chapter 13 and allows people to discharge many types of debt. In some cases, though, a person may be ineligible for Chapter 7 and must file in Chapter 13, which is often called a “wage earners

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How to Challenge Charges on Your Credit Card Bill

Finding a questionable or incorrect charge on a credit card statement probably happens to most New Yorkers at least once. Most people’s natural inclination is to call the creditor and try to work it out over the phone. If that doesn’t work, the law is on your side, but it’s a slow process involving the

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Collecting on discharged debts in New York is illegal

As you can imagine, the light at the end of the New York bankruptcy tunnel is a discharge order from a bankruptcy judge. A discharge means that creditors cannot attempt to extract payments on these debts and must write them off themselves. It also means that you now have an opportunity to start over and

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Twelve Documents to Bring to Your First Consultation with Your New York Bankruptcy Attorney (Part 1)

If you’ve set up a free bankruptcy consultation in New York, in all likelihood you will be nervous about your first meeting with your bankruptcy attorney. Financial matters are incredibly personal, and people have a natural inclination against discussing debt with strangers. However, if you bring the necessary paperwork, your first meeting will go more

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How does a New York bankruptcy case end?

You may know how a New York bankruptcy case begins.  (Your lawyer e-files your case with the court.)  But what’s the event that signals the end of a bankruptcy case? There are actually several ways a bankruptcy case can end. Discharge: For Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, discharge is the most common outcome.  And

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Preferences vs fraudulent conveyances in New York: What’s the difference?

For New Yorkers involved with the bankruptcy process, whether debtors or creditors, the concepts of “preferences” and “fraudulent conveyances” often cause confusion.  (Actually, it’s not just laypeople.  They cause confusion for many law students and even some lawyers as well.) They cause confusion because they both often relate to attempts by debtors to keep certain

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Can I give away property before I file for bankruptcy in New York?

For New Yorkers thinking about a bankruptcy filing, it’s tempting.  You have a very valuable asset, perhaps some land or art or a car, and you don’t want to risk losing it to creditors.  So you give it away to your brother, a friend, one of your children. Is this kosher under the bankruptcy laws?

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