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With over 187,000 reported cases and more than 19,000 deaths, New York City continues to be an epicenter for the novel coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing remains in place, and non-essential businesses that can’t operate online remain closed. If you worked at one of these businesses, you’re probably worried about your financial situation. Below is an…

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Anyone who files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York will have to include a form called a Statement of Intention, which is used to provide the following information to your creditors, trustee, and the court: Which debts are secured by collateral (secured) How you plan to address your secured debts Although the automatic stay…

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When you file for bankruptcy in New York, your debts will become creditor claims. Under bankruptcy law, they are divided into two categories: secured vs. unsecured and, within the latter, priority vs. non-priority. These distinctions dictate which ones get paid first and which ones get paid at all. What are secured claims? Secured debts are…

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Last September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the latest quarterly consumer credit trends report. This document, whose primary purpose is to track how the frequency and types of bankruptcy filings have varied since 2001, also examines issues like: BAPCA effect on the frequency of Chapter 7 filings Discharge rates for Chapter 7 bankruptcies vs.…

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A third quarter report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data found that in the third quarter of last year, overall household debt jumped 0.7% to $13.95 trillion. Nominally speaking, this total exceeds the previous peak of $12.68 trillion, which was reported in the third quarter of 2008. The report…

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You file for bankruptcy to put your mountain of unsecured debt behind you, but it doesn’t always proceed smoothly. Although it’s not a routine happening, a dispute can arise regarding a debt that you included on the petition. Should this happen, you, your trustee, the creditor, or another party involved in the case can file…

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A recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that the third quarter of 2018 saw increases in practically all types of borrowing, making it the 17th consecutive quarter that America’s debt load has increased. Household debt rose yet again to $13.51 trillion, most of which was mortgage debt at $9.14 trillion.…

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The Truth in Lending Act, or TILA for short, was passed 50 years ago to ensure protection and transparency for consumers in their interactions with creditors and lenders. Today, it is part of the more encompassing Consumer Credit Protection Act, but its echoes can be felt in the measures taken to help consumers avoid a…

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When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York, the goal is to seek relief from all of your debts. There are times, however, when you may want to remain responsible for a particular obligation. This possibility happens when the debt is secured by a significant asset that the creditor could seize if you…

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Even if they are being called daily by creditors and facing collection lawsuits, many New Yorkers shy away from declaring bankruptcy because they believe doing so will prevent them from ever getting credit again. This is untrue: once the crippling debt load is discharged, you can build your way to a stellar credit score. You…

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For many of us, creating and sticking to a budget is a top New Year’s resolution. Mastering the ability to live within your means is especially important if you are in the middle of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or planning to file, because successful planning can help ensure greater financial success in the future. Here…

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Should you fail to pay your bills, your creditors can legally sue you for the money you allegedly owe them, but if you are ‘judgment proof’, they may not succeed in collecting it, especially if it is a credit card balance, medical debt arrears, or some other form of unsecured debt. In this blog, we’ll…

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Last year, less than 800,000 people filed for bankruptcy throughout the country. At first glance, that seems like a lot, but in reality the number of filings for 2016 was the lowest for any year since 2006. Although filings appear to be in the decline, thousands of people throughout New York continue to seek bankruptcy…

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When you file for bankruptcy in New York, one of the conditions of a future discharge is that you attend a meeting of creditors known as the 341 hearing, named after a section of the Bankruptcy Code. Your trustee will attend and ask you a series of questions. Although creditors are allowed to attend, none…

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Imagine this scenario. Your ex has been ordered to pay you child support after your New York divorce, and she does—approximately half the time. As the months pass, many payments are missed and the amount of back child support due to you increases. Then you find out that she has just filed for bankruptcy to…

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In times of extreme financial difficulty, many people fall behind on their mortgage payments. In some instances, the mortgage company or lender will work with the homeowner by modifying the terms of the loan or facilitating a short sale, but other times they will start the foreclosure process, which entitles them to repossess the house…

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When homeowners experience financial difficulties, meeting their mortgage obligations may eventually become impossible. For many of them, bankruptcy is an opportunity to get a fresh start by discharging all non-exempt debts or organizing them into an affordable payment plan. Each type of bankruptcy treats mortgage debt differently, however, so it is important to evaluate all…

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Chapter 13 has often been referred to as a wage earner’s bankruptcy plan, because those who file must earn a regular income and be able to prove to the court that they can repay some or all of their debts. Unlike Chapter 7, which can eliminate credit card bills, unpaid medical accounts, outstanding utility balances,…

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For the most part, filing for bankruptcy will discharge the vast majority of your debts. There are some categories, though, that cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy, regardless of the type of bankruptcy you opt to file. This list includes: Loans you received by purposely providing false information to the creditor on the loan who relied…

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A recent decision from the Supreme Court is important for homeowners as it addresses second mortgages. The ruling specifically addresses concerns related to these second mortgages where homeowners find their homes underwater. According to the decision, homeowners should not be prepared to strip or otherwise anticipate wiping out their second mortgage completely in bankruptcy just…

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According to recent research, medical expenses are the most common reason for filing bankruptcy, but it is certainly not the only cause for people to get in over their heads financially. Overwhelming medical expenses influence two-thirds of people who ultimately file bankruptcy, even when health insurance was in place. Major events like a sudden medical…

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You may have heard the term lien before, but what does it mean exactly? Simply put, a lien means that there is a “hold” (a legal claim) on a particular property. This can be real estate property or personal property. This means that the property becomes collateral against the services or money that is owed…

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Even though it sounds a little complicated, the term ‘underwater’ is not as difficult as it might appear at first. Underwater (alternative options include “upside down”) means that you owe more on your current mortgage than your actual home is worth. Even though it is a relatively simple concept, the truth is that it is…

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We are offering 10% off legal fees for customers starting a bankruptcy between December 15, 2014 and January 31, 2015. A personal bankruptcy can eliminate many of your debts allowing you to get a fresh financial slate. Call 718-514-6619 to learn more and set up a free in-person consultation with attorney Jayson Lutzky who has…

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In the United States, millions of peoples are not able to get a mortgage because their credit score is too low. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is working to change that and expand access to home loans. Through a network of about 900 lenders, the FHA offers loans, typically to low-income families. How can the…

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal organization, issued a report looking into how an investigation into bank foreclosure errors was conducted. The GAO, according to an April 28, 2014 New York Times article, found that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve, which initially ordered the investigation, ended the…

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, home mortgage agencies, take over or issue many American’s mortgages. The US government backs Fannie and Freddie mortgages. While some may think that Fannie and Freddie will always help borrowers in financial trouble that is not always the case. Some organizations, such as Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods (SUN), a Massachusetts non-profit,…

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Rihanna filed for bankruptcy about five years ago, in 2009, because her accountants were unable to keep detail logs of her money or failed to inform her that she was heading downhill financially, as reported by AOL in a February 12, 2014 article. The well-known singer claims that “their poor advice saw her fortune fall…

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Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a hard choice or decision that one has to make. Filing for bankruptcy might mean giving up one’s home and car, and relocating to another neighborhood, as reported by The Week in a January 29, 2014 article. Moreover, when one has a family and has to tell his or…

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Many people think that the leading causes for filing for bankruptcies are credit card debt, student loan debt, and mortgage debt. However, this is not true today as growing medical bills are the main cause, as reported by Today Money in a June 25, 2013 article. Today, medical care is not cheap, and it is…

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Today many people are unable to keep up with their mortgage payments. As a result, the lender or the bank is stepping in and foreclosing on the property. A lender recently foreclosed on property when the borrower defaulted on his mortgage payment. The borrower wanted to “vacate the judgment of the foreclosure and the sale,…

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A February 8, 2013 Reuters online article announced that Florida’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that prevented a homeowner from re-opening a voluntarily foreclosure even though it was found that the bank falsified documents. The Florida case involved a Florida homeowner who filed for foreclosure after receiving a past due mortgage notice. The homeowner agreed…

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The New York Law Journal announced the new rules that were put into effect by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in a January 18, 2013 news article. The CFPB created new restrictions on how mortgage companies practices. These new restrictions were implemented to better protect consumers from unnecessary financial hardships and harassing practices. The…

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According to the Boston Globe and the Times Union in articles published on January 22, 2013, bankruptcy filings were down in Massachusetts and the Albany region in 2012 as compared to previous years. Experts say that the number of bankruptcy filings often follows the economy. For example, in 2009, banks offered credit to many borrowers…

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