Caselaw Update: Mortgage Foreclosure Cases & The Statute of Limitations

New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules § 213 (4) sets forth a six-year statute of limitations for foreclosure lawsuits in New York. Once a mortgage is in default, the holder of the mortgage note (which is typically the lender or another party that was later assigned the note) may accelerate the debt. This means the entire […]

Caselaw Update: Determining the Statute of Limitations in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

Pursuant to New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rule § 213 (4), a foreclosure lawsuit in New York is governed by six-year statute of limitations. However, determining the starting point for how to compute the statute of limitations can be challenging. Typically, the promissory note underlying a mortgage is payable in installments, and each installment […]

New Means Test Figures Effective After November 1, 2018

Section 707 of the Bankruptcy Code determines whether a debtor may qualify to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, by applying a budget test to debtors who exceed the median income for their household size for the state in which they live. This is referred to as the “means test” as it proports to determine whether […]

New York Non-Dischargeable Debts

Typically, in a New York chapter 7 bankruptcy case, most debts are dischargeable, meaning they will not have to be paid by the debtor at the end of the bankruptcy process. Some debt in New York is always non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, for example: debts for spousal or child support or alimony, debts for government fines […]

What Are Your Options If You Fall Behind On A Loan Modification?

A common question we are often asked by potential clients is: “If I have fallen behind on my loan modification, can I get another modification?” At the Law Offices of David I. Pankin, P.C., we carefully review the four options that generally present themselves in this situation. Keep The Modification You Have Using Chapter 13 […]

The Federal Wildcard Exemption

In a bankruptcy case, the property of the debtor is classified in one of two ways: exempt property and non-exempt property. Exempt property is the property the debtor is allowed to keep, while non-exempt property can potentially be liquidated and distributed to creditors. There are exemptions for a wide variety of personal property of the […]

Supreme Court Decides Against Stripping Second Mortgage In Chapter 7

This session of the Supreme Court decide a bankruptcy dispute that was widely watched by bankruptcy attorneys: Caulkett v. Bank of America.   In Caulkett v. Bank of America, Justice Clarence Thomas and his Supreme Court colleagues unanimously decided that underwater homeowners cannot use the chapter 7 bankruptcy process to remove second mortgages that are […]

Supreme Court Holds Inherited IRAs Are Part Of The Bankruptcy Estate

With only a few exceptions, the Bankruptcy code exempts Individual Retirement Arrangements, more commonly known as IRAs, allowing debtors to keep their retirement funds. In a recent unanimous decision in the case of Clark v. Rameker, the Supreme Court created another exception to this general rule. The Court held that an inherited IRA has no […]

Can A Bankruptcy Filing Stop a Foreclosure Sale in New York?

In the United States, foreclosure laws may vary from state to state. In contrast, bankruptcy is federal law and in general treats foreclosure uniformly. In New York, bankruptcy may be able to help stop a foreclosure sale. Filing for Chapter 7 can potentially delay a foreclosure action for a number of months while a Chapter […]