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.
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.
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.
You really want to continue driving but you are having trouble making the note payments. If you own a house with your wife in New York, and have less than $330,000 in equity above the mortgage, bankruptcy might be an option. Educate yourself about bankruptcy. Then call to develop a customized strategy.
When the market was high, he decided to cash in on his long hours and hard work to protect his family for the future. The bank offered him a refinance to obtain $300,000. He used it to buy an investment property, to generate income for his retirement.
His loan had matured last year and the bank presented him with a six-month extension, while they evaluated a new loan. He couldn't decide what to do.
He retired several years ago and leased out his medallion to the garage, which got him drivers and a steady stream of income to pay his note, with change to spare.
Years ago when he refinanced his loan, he signed all documents requested at the closing. One of the documents was a "Waiver of Right to an Attorney". Another was a "Confession of Judgment". He didn't really understand what it meant.
"I got your name last night at Kennedy Airport while the drivers were talking, waiting for fares. Someone else had been to see you and gave me your number."