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Options for Debtors Whose Co-Signers File Bankruptcy

It’s one thing to consider filing New York bankruptcy when you run into financial problems, but it’s another thing entirely when a co-signer of a debt files bankruptcy. The co-signer who is doing fine might suddenly find himself or herself in serious trouble. Here are some things for co-signers to consider should a co-debtor file …

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What Happens When You Can’t File Bankruptcy?

There are times when filing New York bankruptcy isn’t a good idea, like when debtors only owe a couple thousand dollars, but it’s a much more difficult proposition advising debtors who can’t file. The Bankruptcy Code doesn’t offer relief for everyone in all circumstances, so it can help to discuss alternatives. But first, here are …

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What Happens When You Can’t File Bankruptcy?

There are times when filing New York bankruptcy isn’t a good idea, like when debtors only owe a couple thousand dollars, but it’s a much more difficult proposition advising debtors who can’t file. The Bankruptcy Code doesn’t offer relief for everyone in all circumstances, so it can help to discuss alternatives. But first, here are …

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The 5 Requirements Necessary in New York for a Successful Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

For those behind or who are about to fall behind in their mortgages, they often hear the regular options, mainly short-selling, staying and paying, and defaulting. The easiest option of these three is usually short-selling their homes and dealing with the deficiency, if there is one, later. There’s another, similar option that many homeowners may …

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5 common mortgage scams for New Yorkers to beware of

Being under financial stress makes people extremely vulnerable to scams, whether in New York or elsewhere.  The key is being aware, being educated and being skeptical.  And of course, it never hurts to have an experienced New York bankruptcy attorney to check in with. Here are five common mortgage scams that every New Yorker should …

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Are any debts non-dischargeable in a bankruptcy case in New York?

The goal of a bankruptcy case is to get the discharge.  This is true whether your bankruptcy is in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Long Island or anywhere else in New York or the rest of the U.S.  And it’s the same whether it’s a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The discharge is what …

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Can I keep my home if I file for bankruptcy in New York?

Yes, you can keep your home if you file for bankruptcy in New York. But it’s not a given.  And depending on your circumstances, there are a few different ways to do it. If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then you can keep your home as long as the remaining equity in your home …

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Refiling in Chapter 13 After Case #1 Doesn’t Work Out

It’s common for debtors in chapter 13 New York bankruptcy cases to face challenges completing their repayment plans. These challenges are frequently the same kind that bring them to bankruptcy in the first place: lost jobs, medical emergencies, or unexpected vehicle costs. Often, they take the options of asking the bankruptcy court to agree to …

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Using Chapter 13 to Undo a New York Tax Foreclosure

A federal court’s ruling on a pair of recent chapter 13 New York bankruptcy cases in western New York gives debtors outside of New York City, unfortunately, an unusual opportunity for keeping their homes after a county tax foreclosure. A debtor in this situation must file in chapter 13 and propose a repayment plan that …

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