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‘Avoiding’ Liens in New York Bankruptcy

Most of the time when the term “avoid” comes up in New York bankruptcy it’s used in the context of preferential transfers to creditors. That is, the debtor transfers money to a creditor he or she likes more than the others, such as a relative, and the trustee chooses to nullify (“avoid”) the transfer. The

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‘Avoiding’ Liens in New York Bankruptcy

Most of the time when the term “avoid” comes up in New York bankruptcy it’s used in the context of preferential transfers to creditors. That is, the debtor transfers money to a creditor he or she likes more than the others, such as a relative, and the trustee chooses to nullify (“avoid”) the transfer. The

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What Are ‘Priority Claims’?

New York bankruptcy requires debtors to pay some creditors what they are owed before others. These are called “priority claims” or “priorities” in the Bankruptcy Code. In chapter 13, for instance, creditors with priority claims must be repaid in full. Consequently, it’s important for debtors to have an idea of what these kinds of claims

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Despite massive unemployment, personal bankruptcy filings in 2020 were at their lowest in 34 years. This was a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The only section of our economy that behaved normally during 2020 belonged to those who filed under chapter 11, which has always been, and continues to be, for big business reorganization. New York City was the hardest hit of any American city with, at last count, more than 24,000 deaths linked to the virus.  Many New

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What Is a Waiver of Discharge and Why Would Anyone Want One?

If a creditor claims that someone who is about to file New York bankruptcy has waived his or her right to discharge the debt, its claim will almost certainly be rejected. Anyone who signs a form promising to not discharge a debt is probably going to be protected by the law. It would defeat the

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Qualifying for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Is Very Easy

Chapter 13 New York bankruptcy can be a more flexible way to get a fresh start than chapter 7 or chapter 11, but debtors might be concerned that it’s hard to meet the requirements to file. On the contrary, the requirements for filing in chapter 13 are light. They’re mostly confined to 11 U.S.C. §

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6 Things Creditors Can Do When Their Debtors File Bankruptcy

My practice represents both debtors and creditors, and often the creditors (especially the smaller ones) are unclear on the process for their end when someone who owes them money files New York bankruptcy. It’s fairly straightforward, and there are definitely circumstances in which it helps to hire a lawyer. (1)  Usually the first thing that

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What to Do If You Are Moving While in Bankruptcy

Americans are a mobile people, so it’s not unheard of for them to move while their bankruptcy cases are still pending. Fortunately, bankruptcy is a federal matter so it’s fairly easy to transfer a case from one bankruptcy court to another if the move is a significant distance. Whether yours is a New York bankruptcy

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What Chapter Is Best for a New York Business Bankruptcy?

“Business bankruptcy” isn’t a legal term as there’s no designated chapter for businesses or businesspeople to file bankruptcy in. Thus, the correct question is which chapter is best for businesses and their principals to file in. The answer depends on the structure of the business and the principals’ goals for running it. For sole proprietorships

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