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Worthington H. Talcott

Commercial Real Estate, Foreclosure, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
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George Francis Bason

Workout, Reorganization, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
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Jonathan R. Bromberg

Social Security -- Disability, Labor Law, Corporate, Credit & Debt
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David Wingate

Health Care, Family Law, Credit & Debt, Elder Law
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Michael J. Lichtenstein

Litigation, Lawsuit & Dispute, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
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Robinson S. Rowe

Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy
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Jillian Aylward Kindlund

Workout, Credit & Debt, Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy & Debt
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Bruce Magazine

Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Construction, Credit & Debt
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Adam L. VanGrack

Credit & Debt, Estate Planning, Business, Litigation
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Patrick J. Kearney

Workout, Credit & Debt, Collection, Commercial Bankruptcy
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LEGAL TERMS

DISCHARGE (OF DEBTS)

A bankruptcy court's erasure of the debts of a person or business that has filed for bankruptcy.

TRADE DRESS

The distinctive packaging or design of a product that promotes the product and distinguishes it from other products in the marketplace -- for example, the shape... (more...)
The distinctive packaging or design of a product that promotes the product and distinguishes it from other products in the marketplace -- for example, the shape of Frangelico liqueur bottles. Trade dress can be protected under trademark law if a showing can be made that the average consumer would likely be confused as to product origin if another product were allowed to appear in similar dress.

WINDING UP

The process of paying off expenses and creditors, settling accounts, and collecting and distributing (to shareholders and owners) whatever assets then remain, a... (more...)
The process of paying off expenses and creditors, settling accounts, and collecting and distributing (to shareholders and owners) whatever assets then remain, all with the ultimate goal of liquidating or closing down a corporation or partnership.

GENERAL PARTNER

A person who joins with at least one other to own and operate a business for profit -- and who (unlike a corporation's owners), is personally liable for all the... (more...)
A person who joins with at least one other to own and operate a business for profit -- and who (unlike a corporation's owners), is personally liable for all the business's debts and obligations. A general partner's actions can legally bind the entire business. See also partnership, limited partnership.

COLLECTION AGENCY

A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the d... (more...)
A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the debt themselves, typically through letters (called 'dunning' letters) and telephone calls. Collection agencies are regulated by the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Unfortunately, too many collectors ignore this law.

FRAUDULENT TRANSFER

In a bankruptcy case, a transfer of property to another for less than the property's value for the purpose of hiding the property from the bankruptcy trustee --... (more...)
In a bankruptcy case, a transfer of property to another for less than the property's value for the purpose of hiding the property from the bankruptcy trustee -- for instance, when a debtor signs a car over to a relative to keep it out of the bankruptcy estate. Fraudulently transferred property can be recovered and sold by the trustee for the benefit of the creditors.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE (CCCS)

A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily fu... (more...)
A national non-profit agency that, at no cost, helps debtors plan budgets and repay their debts. One major criticism of CCCS is that each office is primarily funded by voluntary donations from the creditors that receive payments from debtors repaying their debts through that office. Despite this criticism, most CCCS counselors provide clients with thorough and neutral advice.

PROCEEDS FOR DAMAGED EXEMPT PROPERTY

In a bankruptcy proceeding, money collected through insurance, arbitration, mediation, settlement or a lawsuit to pay for exempt property that's no longer exemp... (more...)
In a bankruptcy proceeding, money collected through insurance, arbitration, mediation, settlement or a lawsuit to pay for exempt property that's no longer exemptible because it has been damaged or destroyed.

CHAPTER 13 PLAN

A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to ... (more...)
A document filed in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in which the debtor shows how all of his or her disposable income will be used over a three- to five-year period to pay all mandatory debts -- for example, back child support, taxes, and mortgage arrearages -- as well as some or all unsecured, nonpriority debts, such as medical and credit card bills.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

APPLICATION OF STERN

... Instead, he continued to increase his debt until no one would extend 1251 him further credit. ... In 2002, the applicant entered law school, where he accumulated $58,000 in student loan debt and continued to make no effort to pay the delinquent retail credit debt. ...

FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY, LLC v. Roberson

... During the proceedings, Ford Motor Credit filed a motion for summary judgment, asserting that it did not violate the discharge injunction as a matter of fact or law, was not a "debt collector" as that term is used in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 USC § 1692 et seq. ...

IN THE MATTER OF APPLICATION OF STERN

... Instead, he continued to increase his debt until no one would extend him further credit. ... In 2002, the applicant entered law school, where he accumulated $58,000 in student loan debt and continued to make no effort to pay the delinquent retail credit debt. ...