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BAPCPA Man meets Subprimulus!

With permission from Bankruptcy Bill himself, here’s BAPCPA Man #3 where BAPCPA Man meets the ominous-looking villain Subprimulus. (Click on image to see larger version.) The cartoon touches on a number of important themes, including: The mandatory pre-bankruptcy credit counseling requirement (addressed in previous post on this blog titled “What You Should Know About the …

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Debt management and debt settlement companies invade Twitter-sphere!

Since setting up a Twitter account (http://twitter.com/nybankruptcynet), I’ve acquired a number of followers who are both nice and interesting. However, there are two categories of Twitter followers who are more persistent than others and who I block every time: Representatives of the oldest profession, and Debt settlement and debt management companies (I apologize for having …

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BAPCPA Man #2 – Automatic Stay Forcefield

With permission from Bankruptcy Bill himself, here’s BAPCPA Man’s latest heroics, this time in connection with the automatic stay which he appropriately likens to a forcefield. The cartoon also illustrates a good point about electronic filing, namely that bankruptcy lawyers don’t physically go to the courthouse, but instead usually file cases electronically from the computer …

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Debt settlement company exposed by ABC News

“We’ll help you settle your debts for pennies on the dollar.” Sound familiar?  Maybe you’ve seen these Credit Solutions ads on TV, on the internet or even in the New York subway.  ABC News recently ran a segment where they investigated Credit Solutions and the debt settlement industry, which revealed that the debt settlement company …

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New Bankruptcy FAQ section

Just want to let everyone know that the Bankruptcy FAQ section from our website is now also available on this blog. In the Bankruptcy FAQ section, you can find answers on the following topics: What disclosures must a collection agency provide to a debtor? What actions must a collection agency avoid? Are there any alternatives …

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Foreclosure mediation and other new ways to encourage loan modification

As New Yorkers and the rest of America brace for more foreclosures, the loan modification option has not helped as much as hoped.  As a result, a number of states have been implementing foreclosure mediation programs and other alternative dispute resolution options aimed at nudging more mortgage banks to the negotiating table. The Center for …

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Preference lawsuits: How to defend yourself

In a previous post I explained to all the New Yorkers out there what a preference lawsuit is and why you should care. While reading it may have helped make you feel smart at cocktail parties, in the back of your mind you were probably also wondering, “So what exactly should I do if I’m …

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What is a preference payment? And why should you care?

Let’s say someone owes you money.  You know they’re having financial difficulties, so you go to them and try to get them to pay it back to you before they file for bankruptcy.  You have a good relationship with them and they’re kind enough to make sure you get paid back. Three weeks later, the …

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What you should know about the trustee in bankruptcy

When the topic of bankruptcy in New York comes up, you hear a lot about things like Chapter 7, Chapter 13, the “means test,” financial statements and a bunch of other important terms. But what do you know about the trustee and his or her role in a bankruptcy case? It’s important to understand what …

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