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Does my girlfriend’s contribution to utilities hurt my ability to qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Reader Question: I live with my girlfriend who has her house paid-off. I pay her $450 month for my share of the food and utilities. I earn just under the cutoff to be able to file for Chapter 7 BK. The problem, as I see it, is would I have to include what she pays…

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in New York: What You Need to Know

With the iconic NYC skyline featured in movies and news stories the world over, the Empire State exudes strength. However, despite the iconic cityscape, the economy of New York City and New York state is being hard hit by the economic shutdowns brought on by the coronavirus. The restaurant and entertainment industries are having the…

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Wage Garnishment Laws in NY: Can Creditors Take My Paycheck?

Last updated Oct. 30, 2017. Although many people believe that missing a payment or two on a debt can result in a quick garnishment of their wages, this is not the case. Having one’s wages garnished in New York State is the end result of a process that can last for several months. With credit…

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What Does Bankruptcy do to Credit Scores?

When you’re in debt and trying to decide what action to take, you may be concerned about how to protect your credit score. That’s often one of the last barriers to deciding to file for bankruptcy – what will this do to my credit? The answer may surprise you. Bankruptcy certainly does have an effect…

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Payday lending pitfalls: What to know

With the holidays approaching, people of every income range will be buying gifts for others. For many, this is just an added year-end expense. Others who feel the pressure to give to family and friends but don’t have the money may look for other ways to fund this seasonal expense. The ads for “payday” loans…

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Can I pay back family before bankruptcy?

In times of difficulty, we naturally turn to family and friends for help. The same holds when those difficulties are financial. Family and friends know you and understand your troubles; they’ll be willing to lend you a hand even when banks won’t. They trust you regardless of your credit score. If you borrow from people…

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