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The Law Offices of Kenneth H Dramer PC is a diversified debt relief law firm, with years of experience in the practice areas of debt settlement, debt collection lawsuit defense, foreclosure defense and avoidance, predatory lending violations, Federal Debt Collection violations, and Bankruptcy. No matter your financial hardship, our Debt Lawyers are skilled and able to help you determine which of our debt relief option will be best for your needs.
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Why You Should File for Bankruptcy
If you are sick and tired of being stressed out by your past-due bills and the harassing phone calls that come along with it, maybe you should look into a fresh start and see if Bankruptcy is the right debt relief option for you. By eliminating your debts and ridding yourself of the stress associated with being burdened financially, you will be able to gain peace of mind just like our Debt Lawyers have been able to do for so many others just like you!
Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
When you or your business files a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, often called liquidation bankruptcy, it’s the most frequent type of Bankruptcy filed. A bankruptcy petition is completed and filed with the court listing your assets, income, expenses, and debts owed. The Bankruptcy courts appoint a trustee to review your petition to determine if any of your assets can be seized and sold to pay back your creditors either a portion or the entire amount owed. If you have no assets OR the assets that you own are exempt, then there is nothing to be seized or sold and therefore nothing will be paid to your creditors through your bankruptcy. In most cases, a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy will eliminate your debt with either a very minimal payment on your part or no payment at all. Other than the negative mark on your credit, a bankruptcy can offer you a fresh start.
Median Income Qualifications for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
When dealing with income qualifications for Bankruptcy, it is very important that you understand if you are married and live with your spouse that the Bankruptcy Trustee will evaluate not only your income but also your spouse’s income to assess the Total Household Income. Meaning, if you are married and you want to file for bankruptcy individually without your spouse, you can, but we will need to disclose to the bankruptcy courts proof of income and expenses for both you and your spouse. The bankruptcy will not affect your spouse in any way including their credit score. We do not have to list any information about them your petition other then their income and expenses to determine if you will qualify to file.
If your household income is below your State’s median income for a household of your size, then you will qualify for bankruptcy as long as your assets are not over the exemption amounts as described further below on this page. If your household income is above the median income for your state, you’ll have to overcome another hurdle in order to qualify, the Means Test as described in the below section.
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The Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Means Test
The Means Test is the part of the qualification process where your monthly expenses are further analyzed against your income to determine if you are living beyond your means. The means test uses a list of “allowable expenses” (published by the IRS) and your average monthly income over the six month period before filing your Chapter 7. Once your average income is determined, the IRS allowable expense amounts are deducted from your income. After calculating the figures, the number left over as a result of this calculation is used to determine whether or not you are living within your means. If you are living within your means, you will be able to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. If you are living above your means, you will be forced to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy instead.
Asset Restrictions for Filing Chapter 7
The most important asset most of our clients are worried about potentially losing would be their home. Each state sets the limits of home equity levels that are exempt. This means unless your state allows for $0 exemption, some or all of your home’s equity may be protected.
As an example, in the state of New York, where our offices are headquartered, If you own a home the exemption amount for your primary residence is up to $170,825 of equity in your home if you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester, and Putnam. If you live in Dutchess, Albany, Columbia, Orange, Saratoga, or Ulster Counties, you are allowed up to $142,350 of equity in your home. If you live in a county not mentioned, you are allowed to have up to $85,400 of home equity. These figures can all be doubled if you are married and filing jointly with your spouse. Again these figures relate to equity in your primary residence and do not apply to any secondary or investment properties you may own. If you have more home equity than allowed as dictated above, then you will not be allowed to file Chapter 7 and would be forced into a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy instead, and in that case, it may make more sense to look into bankruptcy alternatives such as debt settlement.
The standard exemption amount for a vehicle in the State of New York is $4,550 but if you are physically disabled and your vehicle is equipped with modifications to accommodate your disability you will be allowed to have up to $11,375 of equity in the vehicle before you potentially lose it. As in the case with home equity, if you are filing bankruptcy jointly with your spouse, these equity exemption amounts can be doubled as well.
The amounts authorized for each type of asset in your state can be found here.
Debt Relief Alternatives to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy allows an individual or business to pay back a small portion or none of their debts, but sometimes the negative mark on ones credit report that can remain for years to come is too much for some individual to bear. We usually do not suggest a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy if the debt loads are lower or the discretionary income of the individual is too high. If there are assets that have too much equity Chapter 7 Bankruptcy can be an issue. If there have been asset transfers over the past several years there may be objections to the discharge of your debts. Some situations sometimes call for other options like Debt Settlement Lawyer negotiated relief which may be more beneficial.
The below options each have their benefits and drawbacks as does filing Bankruptcy. Be sure to call today for your free consultation to learn the differences in each option or click on the options below to learn more.
If you’re on time with your debt payments, have good enough credit or, assets to use as collateral, you may be able to combine all your debts into one new loan at a lower interest rate. Through our network of lenders, we can try to help if you want to try to borrow your way out of debt.
Experiencing a financial hardship and haven’t fallen too far behind on your payments? A Debt Management Plan, also known as Consumer Credit Counseling, can help by combining all your debts into one monthly payment at lower interest rates to have you out of debt in 4 to 7 years.
Experiencing a financial hardship and past due on your creditor payments? Our No Upfront Fee Debt Settlement service can reduce your outstanding balances to help get you out of debt in as quick as 1 to 60 months! Rather than lower your interest rates, we’ll actually reduce your total debt.
How Dramer Law Handles Our Debt Relief Cases
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Free Consultation, Fact Finding, & Financial Analysis
When you call our firm, we will want to know how and when your financial hardship began as well as what the current status is, to get a better understanding of what you are experiencing. Our staff is trained to ask the right questions to make sure that no stone in your financial picture goes unturned. Any representative that will speak with you will have a minimum of 10 years experience
We analyze your current financial situation including your assets and liabilities as well as your current cash flow, allowing us to narrow down our services more specific to what you can afford. This step is critical in any of our processes as we ensure that whatever service we recommend will be within your budget and therefore you’re more likely to succeed.
Full Disclosure, Recommendation, & Customization
There are multiple options for each problem we encounter so based on your analysis; we will then tailor fit the best option to the individual needs of your budget. We will explain in great detail all aspects of each process including the risks & fees – not just how much money you can save. Nothing will be hidden from you as we are a full disclosure law firm.
Our Relief Specialists are NOT Paid a Commission so there will be no sales pressure at our law firm. There is no obligation to retain our services. You will be given all the facts you need, and then you will be given plenty of time to think things over. Debt relief is an important decision, and we won’t rush you! We have worked hard over the years to earn the reputation we have by giving honest advice to those in need rather than the advice that benefits our bottom line!
Limited Power of Attorney & Authorization to Communicate
Lenders are Sent Notice of our Representation
Once retained, we immediately send a copy of our Limited Power of Attorney to your creditors, debt-collectors, or attorneys. Sending notice of representation is the first step in curbing any creditor or collector calls you may be receiving. We do not want you to be harassed – we’ll take over the calls for you.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
Once any third party servicer, debt collector, debt purchaser, collection attorney, foreclosure attorney, etc. receive our Limited Power of Attorney, they are obligated to contact us directly on your behalf. Failure to do so is a violation of the FDCPA, and we will sue them for you. There is no fee charged to you if we do not win your case, and if we do win, you can win up to $1,000 per violation, and the collector in violation will pay our attorney fees for you. It’s basically free money!
We Get the Job Done!
We are Incentivized to Perform
Our mortgage negotiation services are offered a fee structure as such that you pay part of the fee when retaining our firm and part of the fee only if we’re successful. The success fee helps ensure we are incentivized, so you’ll know we have your best interests in mind. We don’t benefit from getting you to hire our law firm, but instead, we benefit when we get the job done for you. You pay for our performance – and that’s what we do – we perform! We never agree to anything without first consulting with you and getting your approval. It is your debt and your money, so you have the final say in all of our negotiations
We Work Efficiently & Quickly
The combination of our experience, well-trained representatives, long hours, and state of the art software, allow us to accomplish more in any given day than most other firms only dream about. This can be said for ANY service we offer from negotiations to litigation to bankruptcy. We work quickly on your behalf as the longer you delay with a deed in lieu of foreclosure, the more fees your lender will charge. We will be in touch with you throughout the process to keep you informed and are available when you need us.
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At The Law Offices of Kenneth H Dramer PC, before we make any recommendations, our debt lawyers, certified debt relief specialists, and paralegals are trained to ask the right questions to find out about your specific situation. Based on your current income and your financial hardship, we will determine which course of action will work best for you. We do not only offer one path, as no one process can solve everyone’s needs. We will take our time with you and help evaluate what your best course of action should be. CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATION and one of our advisors will be there to get you started on your path to financial freedom. There is no obligation to enroll, so don’t delay.
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Why Choose Dramer Law for Your Debt Relief Needs?
Debt is Our Specialty
Other companies and law firms offer debt relief – we specialize in it! We do not offer any services that aren’t strictly related with clients that are struggling financially so our clients have unique needs, compared to those of other law firms, that we can cater to. We offer all debt relief options and we service our clients like family. You should never settle for less when trying to settle for less!
Since our clients don’t have tons of money to spare like attorneys that practice in other areas of law, we charge low fees making our services affordable for anyone that needs help. Unless your case involves one of our attorneys having to go to court, our negotiation service fees are flat fee based not charged hourly.
One on One Client Service
All of our client relationships are One on One. You’ll have one individual client service representative that will be your point of contact and you’ll build a relationship with them so they’ll know exactly what you are going through. Aside from treating you with the upmost care possible, this means you won’t have to deal with multiple people and re-explain your situation to a different person each time you call. This saves time for you and eliminates any extra stress for you as time is money and being stress free is just as important as being debt free!
Client Service Response Time
All of our attorneys, paralegals, and negotiators are dedicated to providing the best possible experience, while achieving results. We are available long hours but should we happen to be unavailable for any reason we pride ourselves on returning calls and emails right away, not several days later like most attorneys.
Many companies do nothing for the high fees they charge. We have heard many horror stories. These companies aren’t proactive, they put no effort into negotiations, they don’t even return your calls let alone calls from collectors! These actions cause collectors to seek other measures to collect, often meaning lawsuits. We typically work repeatedly with the same companies and are known for resolving accounts so therefore have a great reputation with industry lenders and collectors. This benefits you when we contact these companies on your behalf, they know the accounts will get resolved and therefore we are usually able to avoid legal action!
Many times, when we successfully get our clients out of debt, they still need assistance with other areas of their financial life. We offer many different services for those struggling with debts including Business Debt Relief, Mortgage Relief, Tax Relief, & Student Loan Relief. When Debt is the Problem – We Have the Answers!
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The Law Offices of Kenneth H Dramer PC is based in the New York City area and have expanded our practice with attorneys throughout the country. We are staffed by some of the most experienced debt lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, mortgage & debt specialists and paralegals, all dedicated to helping people from all walks of life receive safe, effective professional help for their debt-related issues. Call NOW or click here to complete our bankruptcy evaluation questionnaire through a secure portal and one of our advisors will help you started on your path to financial freedom.
The court proceedings were annulled, and agreeable working terms were consolidated with my creditors
I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Very sharp and on point. Their price is very reasonable.
“Like most people bankruptcy never crossed our mind. My husband and I owed a lot of debt due to closing of our business, but we still tried to payoff debtors little by little. Until we got hit with a summons from the court ( for over 100K lawsuit). We research all over the internet and called many law firms and layers. Many of them ask what we want to do?.. We wouldn’t of call if we know what to do. And some offered hardship /debt relief or settle your debt for less.. no matter what you call it at the end you still have to pay the creditors, the debts collectors and the lawyer. In our case there is no way we can payoff everything. Many random phones calls later, we were fortunate to come acrossed Mike, he has explained to us bankruptcy doesn’t mean we will lose our house or car. As couple we are able keep certain amount of assets. We were also worried about our credit score, the bankruptcy record will stay in your record for 7 years ( our score were poor anyway). There aren’t that many reviews on the internet about them and like most people we’re not sure if we can trust them. Give Mike a call and a chance, his very sharp and on the point. Their price is very reasonable. Bankruptcy was the best choice we made and the cheapest way out. Now half year later we are debt free, no need to worry from phone calls from debts collectors. Get to keep our house and car, even our credit score went up. Don’t understand why we didn’t do it sooner I guess we were like a lot others going day by day try to be nice by paying off little by little. Thanks!” JC, Queens, NY. 7-7-2017
They were extremely professional and made the process easy
“The Law Offices of Kenneth H. Dramer P.C Attorneys at Law were efficient in handling by bankruptcy case. They were extremely professional and made the process easy! I highly recommend them.” – Jamie M. Seaford, NY 5-30-2017