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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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Secured Credit Cards Can Help Improve Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

Obtaining a discharge in a New York bankruptcy usually improves one’s creditworthiness just by eliminating bad debts, but that doesn’t mean a debtor’s post-bankruptcy credit score will be remarkably great. However, there are steps former debtors can take to raise their credit scores. One option that doesn’t come up often is using so-called “secured credit …

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4 Ways Identity Theft Can Lead to Bankruptcy in New York

Few things are more aggravating than someone impersonating you to obtain credit. To make things worse, fraud on your accounts can force you into bankruptcy. Here are four types of information that if inadequately protected can lead you into bankruptcy. (1)  Social Security information. A common way people steal identities is through Social Security numbers. …

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Stay Clear of Credit Rehabilitation Scams

Most of the time when New York bankruptcy lawyers discuss scams, they’re worried about con artists taking debtors’ money and forcing them into bankruptcy. The most common scam is debt settlement. A less common but sometimes more problematic scam occurs post-bankruptcy: the “credit rehabilitation scam.” The point is to deceive people into promising to repay …

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5 tips for improving your post-bankruptcy credit score in New York

A real concern for many who file for bankruptcy in New York is whether they can rebuild their credit score following the end of their bankruptcy case. Fortunately, there are effective ways to do this.  And there’s no magic to them.  They’re simply common sense.  Here are 5 good ways to improve your post-bankruptcy credit …

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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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Should I max out my credit cards before I file for bankruptcy?

Q:  Since all of my debts will be discharged after I file for bankruptcy, should I go ahead and max out my credit cards before I file for bankruptcy in New York? A:  NO.  DO NOT RUN UP BIG CREDIT CARD BILLS BEFORE YOU FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY IN NEW YORK. If the bankruptcy judge believes …

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