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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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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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5 Pre-filing Tips for Bankruptcy in New York

Filing personal bankruptcy in New York can be an extremely effective–and legal–way to deal with overwhelming debts.  However, since it is a legal process, that also means you have to be aware of the rules and understand how they will impact your case. Here are 5 pre-filing tips for bankruptcy in New York.  Learning about …

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Preference Actions: Know when to fold’em

In my previous post on preference actions, I wrote about how I was able to help a previous client head off a preference action before it even began thanks to sound analysis of the situation, thorough preparation and effective presentation to opposing counsel. That said, there are also situations where baring your teeth may not …

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Preference actions: The art of making them disappear

I had a client situation recently that reminded me of how important preparation and know-how are when dealing with preference actions. The client had received a demand letter from a debtor in a Chapter 11 case (who has the powers of a trustee) informing him that he would be subject to a preference lawsuit unless …

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Preference Actions: What is the “New Value” defense?

In a previous post (“Defenses to Preference Actions – Part I“), I explained that there are three common defenses to preference actions (also often called “preference lawsuits”) that you can use if you’ve received a demand letter from a bankruptcy trustee, from counsel to a Debtor-In-Possession or counsel to a creditors committee. In subsequent posts …

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Preference Actions: What is the “contemporaneous exchange” defense?

In a previous post (“Defenses to Preference Actions – Part I“), I explained that there are three common defenses to preference actions (also often called “preference lawsuits”) that you can use if you’ve received a demand letter from a bankruptcy trustee, from counsel to a Debtor-In-Possession or counsel to a creditors committee. In a subsequent …

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Defenses to Preference Actions – Part 1

In previous posts on this site (What is a Preference?  And why should you care? and Preference Actions:  How to Defend Against Them), I’ve addressed the topic of preference actions (also commonly referred to as preference lawsuits). If you read those two posts, then you know that, from a creditor’s perspective: Preference actions seem unfair …

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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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Bankruptcy Mistakes: Don’t do these things before you file for bankruptcy in New York

Bankruptcy is often a counter-intuitive process.  Some things that seem innocuous or insignificant may be anything but.  In particular, there are some common mistakes that people make in perfectly good faith.  If you’re thinking of filing for bankruptcy in New York, here are a few things to be aware of. 1. Don’t withdraw your retirement …

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