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A Warning to Homeowners in Debt About the Realities of Suspicious Loan Modifications

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A Warning to Homeowners in Debt About the Realities of Suspicious Loan Modifications

A bank decides to push through a loan modification to lower a struggling homeowner’s mortgage payments. Sounds good, right? Yes, in theory. But there can be adverse affects.

Wells Fargo is once again under serious fire for submitting unauthorized changes to mortgages for homeowners in bankruptcy. We’ve been speaking with clients about home loans and modifications, and this recent news sparked the idea for out latest post about suspicious practices that banks can take to elicit money under the guise of good will.

Life and Loans After Bankruptcy: Knowledge and Patience are Key

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Life and Loans After Bankruptcy: Knowledge and Patience are Key

For many New Yorkers, filing for bankruptcy is an emotional process. People – and businesses – that file for bankruptcy do so with the intention of taking back control of their finances.

But even the path after bankruptcy can seem like a daunting one. Our office has spent over a decade working with clients on their plans to rebuild after bankruptcy. In this post we take a look at both the challenges and helpful steps you can take to get a loan after bankruptcy.

Top 5 Times to Speak to a Financial Advisor (And Avoid an Unnecessary Bankruptcy)

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Top 5 Times to Speak to a Financial Advisor (And Avoid an Unnecessary Bankruptcy)

Working with a financial advisor sounds like something saved for millionaires – but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A financial planner can help you save money and make sound investments over the course of your life.

In this post, our office shares our top five times to speak with a financial advisor. Working with a financial expert during these important times can help make your money work harder for you, and help you dodge an unnecessary bankruptcy filing.

From Quick Cash to Quick Debt: The Risks of Online Lending Services

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From Quick Cash to Quick Debt: The Risks of Online Lending Services

Unexpected medical bills. Being laid off from work. A sudden need for money can lead people to seek a quick source of cash. Online lending services are often eager to fulfill this desperate need, offering speedy loans without a credit check.

But these loans often come with a wide array of consequences, including as high interest rates, hidden extra fees, and contracts that are meant to drag out payments. Our office recently began advising clients about the dangers of online lending companies and possible red flags. Let’s take a look at some common tactics these companies use.

ITT Bankruptcy: Scandal, Student Loans, and Unexpected Creditors

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ITT Bankruptcy: Scandal, Student Loans, and Unexpected Creditors

When you hear about student loans and bankruptcy, it’s usually the student who is filing for bankruptcy protection. Not so in the case of ITT Education Services.

This time it was the for-profit school filing for bankruptcy, and its students were left to deal with the economic consequences. Looking into the ITT case brings up several key issues concerning bankruptcy, such as managing with student loans, determining creditors, and establishing assets. An article by The Washington Post explained the students’ struggle to become creditors in the company’s bankruptcy, and in this post we look into some of the details of this unique case.

Top Five Money Matters for a Successful New Year

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Top Five Money Matters for a Successful New Year

As 2016 comes to a close, “Trump” is clearly the word of the year. But while global issues and politics are at the top of the headlines, financial matters at home should be the key issue for families going into 2017.

So as we head into the New Year, our office has released our annual money matters for a healthy financial New Year. We’ve been releasing financial recaps over the last five years. Last year’s blog post detailed the Top 10 Money Matters of 2016, so this year we’re culling it down to five. Take these resolutions with you into 2017 for a quick, easy financial guide.

Detroit Shuts Down Pensioners’ Appeal – What This Could Mean for Future City Bankruptcies

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The financial undoing of the city of Detroit has truly defined how cities deal with their finances in the face of a citywide bankruptcy.

The financial undoing of the city of Detroit has truly defined how cities deal with their finances in the face of a citywide bankruptcy.


On Monday, a federal appeals court rejected claims set forth by city retirees that their pensions were unethically slashed in order to help wrench the city out of its bankruptcy, the largest in U.S. municipal history. We have been following this chain of events for several years, looking into its proceedings and how they may affect future bankruptcy cases throughout the country and in New York.

What We Can Learn About Chapter 11 Bankruptcy From Donald Trump’s Track Record

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What We Can Learn About Chapter 11 Bankruptcy From Donald Trump’s Track Record

With the first 2016 presidential debate over and the U.S. presidential campaign coverage reaching a fever pitch, a wide range of personal topics about both major party candidates have been covered in the news. One such theme is Donald Trump’s various bankruptcies throughout his years as a businessman. His adversaries call them failures, while those in the Trump camp call them a drop in the bucket compared to his other successful businesses.

A recent article from Politifact did an analysis of Trump’s past after a recent Hillary Clinton comment, confirming that “Trump has actually filed Chapter 11 six times, four times within two years in the 1990s, once more in 2004 and once more in 2009.”

Hostess: How One Company is Making a Comeback And Emerging Successfully From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Hostess Brands is returning from its impending demise after bankruptcy proceeding, offering insight into the benefits of Chapter 11 business bankruptcy.

Hostess Brands, the American bakery icon, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2012 amidst severe labor issues and shifts in food culture. Many thought the company would shut its doors permanently; fans of Ho-Hos Twinkies bought boxes of the baked snacks in bulk as they prepared for the company’s demise. But Hostess Brands made a comeback, and worked to become a company worth $2.3 billion that is forecasted to increase its revenue and net profits over the next few years. So how did Hostess did it? In this blog post we take a look at the upsides of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and how it can help businesses struggling with debt.

Discharging Student Debt During Bankruptcy – There is Hope

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Rising education costs are making headlines, so let’s discuss borrowers’ rights to discharge student debt in bankruptcy.

Tuition costs have been rising for decades, outpacing American’s income growth and leaving many with overwhelming debt from student loans and interest. With these high costs in the headlines, there is also a lot of talk about how student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. But in reality there is hope for those buckling under the weight of this debt. A recent article by U.S. News & World Report explains that student loan “borrowers can initiate an adversary proceeding and fight to have student loans discharged during bankruptcy.” In response to this news, our office has been sharing information about the truth behind discharging student loan debt in order to educate the community about their financial rights.

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