Wednesday, December 28, 2016
As the holiday season gets fully into swing here in midtown Manhattan, with tourists thronging around the store displays, we at Shenwick & Associates wanted to take this time to wish you a happy, safe and warm holiday season and a very happy and healthy 2017. We also wanted to thank you for your friendship, your business, your referrals and your trust in us. Complex cases that involve a mix of personal, business and tax debts are keeping us busy as 2016 draws to a close. We’re here for you now and in the upcoming year, and we look forward to working with you.
Happy holidays and happy 2017 from Shenwick & Associates!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
at Shenwick & Associates, many of our clients have concerns about tax
debts. However, our bankruptcy practice is over 20 years old, and in our
experience, tax debts are more easily resolved than student loan debts.
In order to discharge taxes in bankruptcy, the taxpayer must show that:
Other options outside of bankruptcy also exist for resolving tax debts:
Tax cases and their resolution are challenging, even for experienced practitioners. For advice on how to deal with your tax debts, please contact Jim Shenwick.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Here at Shenwick & Associates, the debtors that we represent (we represent creditors, too) are primarily looking to get their debts discharged in bankruptcy. However, what most debtors don't know is that besides getting rid of unsecured and secured debt, some liens or judgments secured by property can be eliminated by making a motion under § 522(f) of the Bankruptcy Code, which permits a debtor to wipe out the interest that a creditor has in property if the debtor's interest in the property would be exempt but for the existence of the creditor's lien or interest.
The most common types of liens that can be avoided under § 522(f) are judicial liens (a lien created when someone obtains a judgment against you and attaches the judgment against your property), but not including liens that secure a domestic support obligation); and nonpossessory, nonpurchase-money security interests. To qualify as a nonpossessory, nonpurchase-money security interest: (1) you (not the creditor) still possess the collateral; and (2) you used property you already owned as collateral for the loan, not money that you borrowed.
A lien is considered to impair an exemption to the extent that the sum of: (i) the lien; (ii) all other liens on the property; and (iii) the amount of the exemption that the debtor could claim if there were no liens on the property, exceeds the value that the debtor's interest in the property would have in the absence of any liens.
By way of example, let's assume that a house owned by a husband and wife has an appraised value of $500,000. The house is subject to a $200,000 mortgage. The husband and wife file for chapter 7 bankruptcy and have a combined $300,000 homestead exemption under New York State law. Prior to their bankruptcy filing, a judgment creditor records a $75,000 judgment against the house. The debtors may commence a motion under § 522(f) of the Bankruptcy Code to avoid or eliminate the $75,000 judgment docketed against the house.
To discuss whether lien avoidance as part of a bankruptcy filing would be a beneficial strategy for your debt issues, please contact Jim Shenwick.