July 24, 2017

Beware Debt Consolidation and Repayment Proposals

In my bankruptcy practice I have dealings with many people who, in response to financial difficulties, have sought help from companies that purport to help settle, consolidate or otherwise manage the debt. By and large, most of these people have learned of these companies from advertising. While there are few legitimate firms that provide these services, most simply draft the debtor’s funds … [Read more...]

Chapter 11 or 13 for Troubled Businesses ?

This month news of an oil and gas producer filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection made news. The reason cited for the financial difficulty is the drop in oil prices, which have have slid some 50 percent since June. My Chapter 11 clients own small to mid-sized businesses, but they have the same problems as bigger companies who need to reorganize under the orderly process of a bankruptcy … [Read more...]

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Religious Institutions

Chapter 11 bankruptcy may offer a long term solution to the problems churches now face in the wake of The Great Recession. While the recession has been painful for millions of individuals and hundreds of thousands businesses, it has also made continued existence a matter of concern for a number of churches and other religious institutions. Unfortunately, the leadership of many religious … [Read more...]

Reorganizing a Business with Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

My typical Chapter 11 client is a small to mid-sized, closely held and viable business with cash flow problems. The business offers either goods or services that are in demand,but needs to be reorganized in an orderly manner instead of haphazardly responding to creditor demands. The source of the financial problems varies; common problems include the decline of the housing market, growth and … [Read more...]

Experienced Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney

Filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case isn’t as straightforward as a Chapter 7 case. I usually find that my Charlotte area clients who need Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection have issues with businesses and partnerships that need to be unwound or otherwise dealt with; they often have unpaid tax liabilities with the state and IRS; and they may have a number of mortgaged properties and other assets they … [Read more...]

Reorganizing a Small Business’s Finances

I frequently advise clients who own a small business and find themselves  unable to pay either their personal debts, or those of the company. Some of the company’s debts may be personally guaranteed by the individual owner(s). These clients often want to discuss filing a personal bankruptcy in order to deal with their own debts, and also want to file a bankruptcy for their business in order to … [Read more...]

Charlotte’s Greater Salem Church Obtains Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

I recently filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to stop a foreclosure that was threatening a well known local church, demonstrating the power of the automatic stay. Chapter 11 is not just for businesses Greater Salem Church was threatened with the loss of its church building. The Chapter 11 filing caused the automatic stay to stop the foreclosure proceeding. This will allow the church membership … [Read more...]