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It’s Not Always Worthwhile to Pay Off a Chapter 13 Plan Early

For people who’ve filed chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney Brooklyn NY ,  the question of whether to pay off the repayment plan early sometimes arises. It’s a tempting idea. Repayment plans don’t leave much discretionary income for debtors, and escaping the process can feel like a reward in itself. However, there are a few reasons to

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Why Convert a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Chapter 7?

Most New York bankruptcies are filed in chapter 7 because debtors have mainly unsecured consumer debts and don’t have the income for a chapter 13 repayment plan to be feasible. Others, though, prefer the benefits of chapter 13, but once they’re partway into it, they find that chapter 7 might be a better fit after

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What Is a ‘Proof of Claim’?

The term “proof of claim” comes up in New York bankruptcy sometimes, and debtors often want to know what it means. For creditors, receiving them during a debtor’s bankruptcy means they need to know how to complete them. So what are they? A proof of claim is a document a creditor in a bankruptcy files

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How to Deal With Creditors Who Violate the Discharge Injunction

Discharge of debts is one of the primary goals of a New York bankruptcy, particularly chapter 7 filings. Covered in Section 524 of the Bankruptcy Code, the full name of the term is “discharge injunction,” which means it legally forbids anyone (creditors) from enforcing claims for payment against the debtor. That does not, however, mean

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Filing New York Bankruptcy From Another Country

Unsurprisingly, many New Yorkers live outside the United States, but they may still have significant connections to the state. If they run into financial difficulties, they might wonder if they can file bankruptcy from whatever country they happen to be living in. Fortunately, the laws regulating the federal courts make it possible for debtors to

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What Are the Benefits of a 100 Percent Chapter 13 Repayment Plan?

One might think that the answer to that question is “nothing,” but that’s not true. It is sometimes worthwhile for debtors to file chapter 13 New York bankruptcy intending to pay their creditors in full even if the discharge isn’t really necessary—a filing referred to as a 100 percent repayment plan. Obviously it doesn’t happen

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What Is the Financial Management Course?

In order to file a chapter 7 or chapter 13 New York bankruptcy a debtor must take what the Bankruptcy Code refers to as “an instructional course concerning personal financial management.” (11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(11)) What is this requirement? In 2005, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), which changed a

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Married Couples in Bankruptcy

Because married couples often share debts, one obvious question is how they can use the bankruptcy process to their advantage. Here are several ways married partners can do so. (1)  Because married partners aren’t obligated to file jointly when one of them encounters difficulties paying debts, they have some flexibility in how to deal with

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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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