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- New York Zombie Foreclosures On the Rise
According to RealtyTrac, there were 16,700 zombie foreclosures in New York in 2014. That number has since risen by 54 percent. These homes are often the houses that bring a neighborhood's value down; the houses with unkempt lawns and boarded-up windows that are easy to ignore and forget.
- Alternatives to Foreclosure: Six Options
What are the alternatives to foreclosure? Falling behind on your mortgage payments is extremely stressful. You toss and turn at night, imagining losing your house. But there is hope. Even if you've defaulted on your mortgage, you may be able to find an alternative foreclosure which will allow you to keep your home should you desire to do so.
- Mortgages After Bankruptcy in New York
Credit card debt. Bills piling up. Filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy proceedings. Destroyed credit. Foreclosure. All of these things can take a toll on a person, not just financially, but emotionally and legally. Though some might view bankruptcy as an admission of failure, bankruptcy is actually an opportunity.
- New Proposals for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy from the American Business Institute
This year, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is getting an overhaul. These changes are designed to make filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy easier for businesses.
- New Year, New Start: Life After Bankruptcy in New York
Filing for bankruptcy changes your life. As you know if you recently filed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, filing for bankruptcy takes a toll on your credit score, your financial well being, and your emotional health.
- How to Collect Debts Owed by a Bankrupt Client
When business owners hear that a customer is going through the process of bankruptcy, they may start to write off the debt. However, this may cause business owners to lose funds to which they are entitled. By being aware of their rights and following these steps, business owners can protect their bottom line.
- What Is the Fair Debt Collection Act?
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was enacted in 1977 in order to curtail abuses by debt collection companies. The act provides protections to consumers against harassing tactics, empty threats, telephone contact and dissemination of credit information by third-party debt collection companies. It also provides remedies to individuals who have had their rights violated regarding these matters.
- What Actions Must a Collection Agency Avoid?
Third-party debt collectors must conform to a certain set of rules that are prescribed by a variety of federal and state laws. The primary consumer protection law that debt collection agencies must adhere to is the Fair Debt Collection Act. However, the state where the debt collection agency operates or the state where the debtor resides may carry additional consumer protection laws with which the agency must also comply.
- Hounded By Debt Collectors, What Can I Do?
Debt happens to almost everyone at some point in their life. When one falls behind on those debts, it is natural to feel embarrassed, under fire, and alone. Many debt collectors take advantage of these feelings to unduly pressure, harass, and embarrass those with delinquent accounts.
- Tax Offsets for Defaulted Student Loans
A federal student loan is one of the most difficult items to escape. Federal student loans are usually not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Furthermore, the federal government can take dramatic steps to ensure that it receives the money that is owed.