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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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Automatic Stay Violation: How can you stop it?

Once you file for bankruptcy in New York (or anywhere else for that matter), you are protected by the automatic stay.  In a nutshell, that means no creditors (including the IRS!) can take, or collect, or even attempt to collect anything from you without the Bankruptcy Court’s permission. (FYI, if the Bankruptcy Court gives such …

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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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Why Hire an Experienced Chapter 7 Brooklyn Bankruptcy Lawyer

Debtors usually point to two reasons for not hiring an experienced Brooklyn bankruptcy lawyer before filing a chapter 7 case: affordability and necessity. Obviously, many people who owe significant debts frequently lack the money for a bankruptcy attorney. (As an aside, there are options for debtors who are too poor for bankruptcy filing fees.) The …

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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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What Is a Bank ‘Setoff’ and How Do They Affect Bankruptcy?

Among the many steps I recommend taking before filing bankruptcy, two of them were looking at your bank’s policies in case they freeze accounts, and considering changing banks. Another reason debtors should consider these courses of action, especially before bankruptcy, is “setoffs.” What are these, and how do they intersect with New York bankruptcy? When …

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