Tag: bankruptcy filings

Bankruptcy Bias For Blacks

On January 26, 2012, in Bankruptcy, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Bankruptcy Bias for Blacks

A recent NY Times article discusses a recent study of racial differences in bankruptcy filings that shows a bankruptcy bias for blacks:

The study of racial differences in bankruptcy filings was written by Robert M. Lawless, a bankruptcy expert and law professor, and Dov Cohen, a psychology professor, both with the University of Illinois; and Jean Braucher, a law professor at the University of Arizona.

A survey conducted as part of their research found that bankruptcy lawyers were much more likely to steer black debtors into a Chapter 13 than white filers even when they had identical financial situations. The lawyers, the survey found, were also more likely to view blacks as having “good values” when they expressed a preference for Chapter 13.

This is news to me! As a NY Bankruptcy Attorney this has not been my experience, but I did find the article interesting and look forward to reviewing the study. I can assure you that bankruptcy can be a very difficult area of law (even for attorneys). There are many factors that need to be considered when deciding which bankruptcy chapter is best for you. No one should be steered into any chapter of bankruptcy! Make sure your bankruptcy attorney is a member of NACBA (National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys). Also consult with several attorneys if possible (most offer a free consultation). We have no problem providing a free consultation to answer your general questions. We also have answers to frequently asked bankruptcy questions right here on this site.

New York Bankruptcy Attorneys

As always, the Law Firm of VAUGHN, WEBER & PRAKOPE, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island, at 393 Jericho Turnpike, Suite #208, in Mineola, NY.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a FREE consultation with a bankruptcy attorney.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: How long will it take?

On July 28, 2011, in Bankruptcy, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

How long will my chapter 7 bankruptcy case take to close?

Well, most of our chapter 7 bankruptcy cases take roughly 3 months from case filing until discharge/case closure (Note: Discharge and case closure are not the same thing).

Additionally, when your attorney files his or her chapter 7 bankruptcy cases could add to the length of time you are waiting for  your bankruptcy case to close. Some attorneys “batch file” their chapter 7 cases. They hold their chapter 7 cases and file them together on a particular day (i.e. the end of the month).  We file our bankruptcy cases as they are ready to be filed. As always, we hope that you found this information helpful.

The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC,  proudly assists residents of Long Island (Nassau county, Suffolk county) and New York City (Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island) with their bankruptcy filings. Call (516) 858-2620 to arrange a FREE  consultation with a bankruptcy attorney!

Bankruptcy or Debt Settlement?

On June 16, 2011, in Bankruptcy, Debt settlement, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Debt Settlement vs. Bankruptcy

Debt Settlement Better Than Bankruptcy?

Rarely.

There are some situations which prohibit a person from filing bankruptcy and debt settlement is really their only option to get rid of their debt. Sometimes, the amount of debt or creditors are few and it just makes more sense for the individual to settle their debts rather than file bankruptcy. However, debt settlement  is rarely going to be better than filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy and obtaining a discharge of your debts. Therefore, it is important to obtain accurate information about bankruptcy and debt settlement. Both options should be thoroughly explored.

Bankruptcy Attorney in Mineola

The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC,  proudly assists residents of Long Island (Nassau county, Suffolk county) and New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan) with their bankruptcy filings and debt negotiation/settlement.

Call (516) 858-2620 to arrange a FREE  consultation with a bankruptcy attorney!

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