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BANKRUPTCY CASE DISMISSED DUE TO SELECTION OF WRONG ATTORNEY

He went to an attorney in Manhattan to stop the foreclosure sale of an investment property in Brooklyn. The attorney filed a chapter 13 case, failing to recognize that the client did not quilify for chapter 13 (owning three properties, his total mortgages exceeced the secured debt ceiling for chapter 13). As a result, the bankruptcy case was dismissed and the client lost the benefit of the automatic stay, which had stopped the foreclosure.

Qualify for Bankruptcy by Fixing the "Deed-Transfer-to-Wife" Trap

Afraid of losing his house because of his huge taxi medallion loan, he followed his friends' advice: he took his name off the deed, leaving his wife as the only owner. MISTAKE: There is now a 6 year wait, during which the transfer can be challenged. If he files bankruptcy during that period, the Bankruptcy Trustee will sell his house. If the taxi lender gets a judgment against him, they might do the same.

Can I repair my credit after Chapter 7?

After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may have questions about your future creditworthiness. Certainly, your counselors advised you that bankruptcy would leave a temporary negative mark on your credit history, but you may be unsure how or when you can begin to rebuild your credit.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court wants to know everything about you

You may have thought that making the decision to file for bankruptcy protection was the hard part of the process. After all, you make a valiant effort to meet your financial obligations, but they simply got out of control. You haven't had a moment's peace since you became unable to pay some or all of your bills, and debt collection efforts don't make it any easier.

Free Bankruptcy Screening for Taxi Medallion Owners

Every day I receive phone calls from taxi owners requesting information about bankruptcy. There are two most common types of bankruptcy are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

Taxi Owner uses chapter 13 to eliminate $600,000 debt by paying $900 per month for 5 years.

He could not stand the pressure of the monthly note payments so he visited us for advice. We determined that he could not file chapter 7 bankruptcy because his house was worth too much. It appraised at $485,000 and he had paid down his mortgage to $63,000. That left $422,000 in equity. His wife owned half the house, so his share was worth $211,000, but he was entitled to a homestead exemption of only $165,000. That left $46,000 of equity that could not be protected. If we filed a chapter 7 case, the bankruptcy trustee would ask him to pay a lump-sum of $46,000, and if he could not pay it, the Trustee would sell the house.

Issues that can prompt the need for immediate debt relief

Most New York residents, as well as people in other states, understand what it's like to face temporary financial problems. From minor issues, such as having to pay a late phone bill or come up with some cash to get a few extra groceries before the next paycheck arrives to serious problems involving creditors threatening litigation or lenders saying they're considering foreclosure, financial crises of any kind can be quite stressful.

When Can Chapter 13 Bankruptcy help Taxi Medallion Owners?

Taxi medallion owners face overwhelming challenges these days.  After they make their loan payments and operating expenses, they have nothing left to support their families. While Chapter 7 bankruptcy (surrender your medallion and wipe out your debts) works if you have no other assets, there are times when filing Chapter 7 creates too much risk.  

When Can Chapter 7 Bankruptcy help Taxi Medallion Owners?

Taxi Medallion owners have been wrestling for solutions to refinancing demands of the lender. Chapter 7 bankruptcy requires that you be willing to surrender your medallion. Under the right facts, you will not have to repay the loan and can get your life back.

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