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Weltman & Moskowitz Forms Strategic Alliance with Chuhak & Tecson

Founding partners Richard E. Weltman and Michael L. Moskowitz are pleased to announce that effective May 15, 2017, the attorneys at Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP have become Counsel to the Chicago-based Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. law firm. This alliance allows both firms to develop new relationships and to expand Chuhak & Tecson’s presence in New York and New Jersey. Both firms remain independent.  

The new alliance enables Chuhak & Tecson to continue to offer its New York and New Jersey clients many business legal services including lender rights, banking, loan workouts related to conventional and SBA products, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, counseling, foreclosures, loan documentation, real estate leasing, purchase and sale transactions, and commercial litigation.

 

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Weltman & Moskowitz Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2017

Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP is proud to announce that founding partners Richard Weltman and Michael Moskowitz have both been selected as Metro New York Area Super Lawyers for 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year each has been recognized as a top bankruptcy/debtor and creditors’ rights attorney. This honor is a product of a rigorous investigative process by the publishers of Law and Politics. Attorneys are selected based on professional accomplishments, licensing and certifications, peer recognition and personal achievement. The final published list represents no more than 5% of the lawyers in each state. The firm is also proud to announce that Melissa Guseynov, an associate of the firm, has been selected as a New York Metro Rising Star! This selection is limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in New York State. The Super Lawyers objective is to create a credible list of outstanding attorneys, and the lawyers of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP are proud to be recognized for their hard work and client dedication.

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Welcome to the Weltman & Moskowitz Team, Melissa!

Please help welcome our newest team member, Melissa Dlugokencky!

Melissa will be working closely with our bankruptcy, litigation and foreclosure attorneys. She brings to Weltman & Moskowitz proven legal assisting skills, an undergraduate degree from Dowling College and her paralegal certification from Queens College. Before joining us, Melissa concentrated on litigation and transactional matters at Cohen & Slamowitz (n/k/a Selip  & Styloanou, LLP), and Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C. You can reach Melissa at md@weltmosk.com.  

We hope you’ll say hello to Melissa the next time you call or stop in.  

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Weltman & Moskowitz Founding Partners Named Super Lawyers for 2016

Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP is proud to announce that Richard Weltman and Michael Moskowitz have both been selected as Metro New York Area Super Lawyers for 2016. This is the third consecutive year each has been recognized as a top bankruptcy/debtor and creditors’ rights attorney. This honor is a product of a rigorous investigative process by the publishers of Law and Politics. Attorneys are selected based on professional accomplishments, licensing and certifications, peer recognition and personal achievement. The final published list represents no more than 5% of the lawyers in each state. The Super Lawyers objective is to create a credible list of outstanding attorneys, and the partners of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP are proud to be recognized for their hard work and client dedication.

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Madoff Update: Mere Suspicion of Fraud Not Enough to Extend Trustee “Claw-Back” to Six Years

By Michael L. Moskowitz

We have previously reported on Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme and the resultant “clawback” lawsuits pending in the bankruptcy and district courts for the Southern District of New York.

In a decision dated March 14, 2016, Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein granted partial relief to an investment fund seeking to dismiss a “clawback” lawsuit filed by Irving Picard, the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC (“BLMIS”). Judge Bernstein found that Trustee Picard could not recover fictitious profits and principal recoveries in the six years before bankruptcy because there was no showing the investment firm had “actual” knowledge of Madoff’s fraud.

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RECENT SUCCESS STORY: Zealous Advocacy Secures Payment in Full for Client in A&P Chapter 11 Cases

By Richard E. Weltman and Melissa A. Guseynov

RECENT SUCCESS STORY - Zealous Advocacy Secures Payment in Full for Client in A&P Chapter 11 Cases By Richard E. WeltmanWhen creditors learn that an entity that owes them money has filed for bankruptcy protection, they often fear their claims will remain unpaid or that they will only collect pennies on the dollar. And while that is typically the outcome for unsecured claimants, in certain circumstances creditors may be able to recover a substantial portion of their debt. In fact, as further described below, with effective counsel, a creditor may recover its claim in full.

 

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Best Practices Alert: Obtain Court Order When Extending Bankruptcy Deadlines

Best Practices Alert: Obtain Court Order When Extending Bankruptcy Deadlines By Michael L. MoskowitzBy Michael L. Moskowitz and Michele K. Jaspan

Attorneys who litigate are often faced with statutory deadlines. When the need arises to extend deadlines, it is not unusual for extensions to be routinely granted between counsel, often informally. But how often do bankruptcy practitioners, in particular, have stipulations extending statutory deadlines “So Ordered” by the court? Apparently, not often enough.

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2015 Mid-Year Review of Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions: Part 4

Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif

Bankruptcy Judges May Render Final Decisions on Legal Disputes Arising in Bankruptcy if All Parties Consent

By Michael L. Moskowitz and Melissa A. Guseynov

2015 MID-YEAR REVIEW OF SUPREME COURT BANKRUPTCY DECISIONS: PART 4 By Michael L. MoskowitzOn May 26, 2015, in Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif, the Supreme Court held that Article III of the United States Constitution permits bankruptcy judges to adjudicate so called “Stern” claims, with the parties’ knowing and voluntary consent. Wellness International Network Ltd. v. Sharif, 135 S.Ct. 1932 (2015).   

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2015 Mid-Year Review of Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions: Part 3

Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank 

Orders Denying Bankruptcy Plan Confirmation
are Not Final Orders for Purposes of Appeal

 By Richard E. Weltman and Melissa A. Guseynov

2015 Mid-Year Review of Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions: Part 3

This term, in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that orders denying plan confirmation do not constitute final orders from which an appeal may be immediately taken as a matter of right.  The decision resolves a significant circuit split and may shift the balance of power in bankruptcy cases against debtors seeking to confirm plans and emerge from the bankruptcy process on their own terms.

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2015 Mid-Year Review of Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions: Part 2

Baker Botts LLP v. Asarco LLC

Litigation Fees Incurred By Counsel in Defense of Bankruptcy Fee Application are not Compensable

By Michael L. Moskowitz and Michele K. Jaspan

2015 Mid-Year Review of Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions: Part 2 By Michael L. MoskowitzThe Supreme Court recently ruled that bankruptcy courts may not award legal fees to professionals for the costs incurred in defending their fees. The decision in Baker Botts, LLP v. ASARCO, LLC, written by Justice Clarence Thomas for the majority, held that section 330(a) of the United States Code does not give bankruptcy courts the discretion to award fee-defense fees under any circumstances. Thus, the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which reversed the bankruptcy court’s fee award to Debtor’s counsel for costs incurred in defense of its $120 million fee application.  The Baker Botts firm sought to recover in excess of $5 million for time spent litigating in defense of their fee application in Asarco’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

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Most Recent Success Story: Tenacity and Preparation Save Creditor’s Late Claim

by Richard E. Weltman

Most Recent Success Story: Tenacity and Preparation Save Creditor’s Late Claim by Richard E. Weltman{3:36 minutes to read} When representing a creditor in a bankruptcy case, it helps when counsel understands that being told it is “too late” to file a claim may not be the last word. The filing of a late claim may still be possible in certain circumstances. 

Our client, a personal injury attorney, represented the administrator of his wife’s estate in a wrongful death lawsuit. The decedent was severely burned when her clothing caught fire.

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Weltman & Moskowitz Forms Strategic Alliance with Saiber, LLC

WELTMAN & MOSKOWITZ FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SAIBER, LLC By Richard E. Weltman & Michael L. MoskowitzFounding partners Richard E. Weltman & Michael L. Moskowitz are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015, the attorneys at Weltman & Moskowitz have become Counsel to the New Jersey-based Saiber law firm. This alliance will allow both firms to develop new relationships and opportunities.

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Success Stories: 2 Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings Withdrawn Early, Saving Time & Resources - Part 2

By Michael L. Moskowitz

Success Stories: 2 Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings Withdrawn Early, Saving Time & Resources - Part 2  By Michael L. MoskowitzIn our previous article, we shared the story of a personal injury attorney that was recently sued in an adversary proceeding filed in the United States bankruptcy court. Weltman & Moskowitz successfully established that the complaint was without merit and Plaintiff agreed to withdraw the complaint before answers were required to be filed or discovery ensued. In doing so, we saved our client the time and expense associated with protracted litigation.. Today, we bring you the story of another client of ours, a large regional banking institution, in the same position with the same successful results.

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NY Appellate Division Sets Boundaries on Mandatory Foreclosure Conferences Held Pursuant to NY CPLR §3408

By Michael L. Moskowitz

NY Appellate Division Sets Boundaries on Mandatory Foreclosure Conferences Held Pursuant to NY CPLR §3408The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division for the Second Department recently clarified that New York’s CPLR§ 3408, which requires parties in a residential foreclosure action to participate in a settlement conference, was not applicable where the mortgage collateralized a personal guaranty of a commercial loan to a corporation. Independence Bank v. Valentine, 113 A.D. 3d 62 (2d. Dept 2013).  

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More Judicial Oversight to Expedite NY’s Mandatory Foreclosure Conferences

More Judicial Oversight to Expedite  NY’s Mandatory Foreclosure ConferencesNew York’s Office of Court Administration recently announced relief for lenders and homeowners frustrated by high case volume delays affecting mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences in certain courts. Litigants will soon enjoy immediate and direct access to judges at these conferences in Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, the four counties with the highest foreclosure case volumes in the state.

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Bankruptcy Fees Rise as of June 1

The United States Judicial Conference recently approved changes to the federal court miscellaneous fee schedules, including certain bankruptcy filing fees.

As of  Sunday, June 1, 2014, the filing fees for most bankruptcy matters will rise. These fees are collected from both debtors and creditors accessing the federal bankruptcy courts, whether in person or online.

 

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BAPCPA: Monumental Failure or Work in Process?

In 2005, after 12 years of Congressional wrangling, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”).

 

The avowed purpose of BAPCPA was to reduce abusive filings by limiting consumer debtor’s access to chapter 7 relief. The financial service industry argued the change was needed to curb consumers’ “profligate spending” and perceived lax bankruptcy rules. By reducing access to chapter 7, lenders suggested that they would see increased distribution from those new chapter 13 cases due to limitations placed upon chapter 7 flowing from the so-called “means test.”

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Understanding Reaffirmation Agreements

Attached is a wonderful reference guide published by the City Bar Justice Center titled Understanding Reaffirmation Agreements. A reaffirmation agreement is a contract between a debtor and creditor wherein the debtor agrees the creditor’s debt will survive the bankruptcy discharge. The authority for entry into a reaffirmation agreement can be found in 11 U.S.C. §524(c). Debtors and creditors alike are typically barraged with misinformation regarding when reaffirmation agreements are appropriate.

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Upcoming Event: January 29, 2014 - Partner Michael Moskowitz Speaks on Consumer & Corporate Bankruptcy Issues

Michael Moskowitz will be a featured speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on January 29, 2014. Mr. Moskowitz’s panel, one of  three to be presented by the Young Lawyers Section, will focus on consumer and corporate bankruptcy issues.  insert excerpt info here.

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Loss Mitigation: How Borrower Bankruptcies Impact Lenders

Between 1998 and 2007, home mortgage debt nearly tripled from 4 trillion dollars to 10 trillion dollars. This mortgage boom resulted from easy lending and questionable subprime market practices. When the housing bubble burst, the economy tumbled. Many borrowers found themselves both unable to make mortgage payments and owners of real property worth less than what they owed. In response, many homeowners filed bankruptcy petitions either under chapter 7 to surrender their home, or chapter 13 to stop a foreclosure, repay pre-petition arrears, and hold on to their home.

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ALERT – Judicial Committees Publish Proposed Amendments to Bankruptcy Procedures and Forms

By Michael L. Moskowitz

On August 15, 2013, the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States released their proposed amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules and Forms. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports, and other information are posted on the Judiciary’s website.  

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OUT-OF-COURT WORKOUT OR CHAPTER 11?

As credit markets tighten, professionals and business owners alike have trouble finding access to credit to fund and grow business operations. Media reports indicate loans are harder to obtain and asset-to-debt ratios are stricter than ever. As cash dwindles the debt load rises. For the overwhelmed business owner bankruptcy is only one answer. There are other alternatives.

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CREDIT UNION LENDER MUST IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO DEBTOR REPOSSESSED VEHICLE UPON NOTICE OF BANKRUPTCY FILING

On December 22, 2010, an upstate New York bankruptcy court in an adversary proceeding filed by debtor Christopher Weber against SEFCU (“Credit Union”), granted Credit Union’s motion for summary judgment. 

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New Website! PaperStreet launches weltmosk.com re-design!

PaperStreet Web Design's development team just wrapped up the brand new re-design of weltmosk.com.   The new site not only has a modern design but is using the latest web technologies, JavaScript libraries, and web standards.

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ATTORNEY RICHARD WELTMAN RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY NEW JERSEY'S FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY COURTS.

FAIR LAWN, NJ - Richard E. Weltman, a New York and New Jersey business attorney concentrating on creditor protection, debt relief, and business counseling, and founding member of the law firm of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP, was recently acknowledged by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey for his service to New Jersey's low-income consumers in need of debt relief and bankruptcy services.

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PENTAGON FCU SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSES DEBTOR'S EFFORTS TO "LIEN STRIP" ITS SECOND MORTGAGE IN NY BANKRUPTCY COURT.

NEW YORK, NY - A chapter 7 debtor recently filed a motion before Bankruptcy Judge Alan Trust in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking to avoid Pentagon Federal Credit Union's (PenFed) second mortgage (also known as "lien-stripping"). Weltman & Moskowitz successfully opposed debtor's motion on both procedural and substantive grounds, ensuring that PenFed's mortgage was enforced as written.

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Protecting Consignment Sales From Retailer Bankruptcies: Are Your Goods and Receivables at Risk?

NEW YORK, NY - On November 26, 2008, Big box retailer bankruptcy filings are expected to mushroom following predicted tepid holiday sales this year, posing vexing challenges for their suppliers.

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MICHAEL L. MOSKOWITZ TEACHES COURSE CONCERNING IMPACT OF BANKRUPTCY REFORM ON CONSUMERS TO DELOITTE, LLP STAFF MEMBERS

NEW YORK, NY - On September 25, 2008, Michael L. Moskowitz, a founding member of the law firm of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP, presented an informative seminar to Deloitte, LLP professionals and support personnel at their New York City headquarters. Deloitte, LLP is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the world. The seminar was sponsored by the Deloitte Women's Initiative Learning and Development Committee.

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RICHARD WELTMAN TEACHES COURSE TO ESTATE PLANNERS ON IMPACT OF BANKRUPTCY REFORM

NEW YORK, NY - Richard E. Weltman, a founding member of the law firm of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP, recently presented an informative seminar to members of the Estate Planning Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants at their FAE Conference Center in New York City.

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Collect with Confidence: 12 ways to get paid when Key Customer or Supplier Files (or Threatens) Bankruptcy

Whether you sell goods or services, your chance of doing business with a company now or soon to be embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings is probably not as remote as you'd hope it to be. While it may not be your job to keep another business from falling in with the chapter 7 or chapter 11 crowd, it makes sense to limit your exposure to the financial woes of a key customer or supplier.

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RICHARD WELTMAN QUOTED IN RECENT ARTICLE ON BANKRUPTCY TRENDS IN NEW JERSEY LAWYER

NEW YORK, NY Despite claims earlier this year that bankruptcy practice would return to normal, the bottom is continuing to fall out.

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RICHARD WELTMAN AND MICHAEL MOSKOWITZ TEACH BANKRUPTCY REFORM TO NEW YORK STATE SOCIETY OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

NEW YORK, NY - Richard E. Weltman and Michael L. Moskowitz, founding members of Weltman & Moskowitz, LLP, presented a practical seminar on recent changes to the Bankruptcy Code in a Half-Day Bankruptcy Conference to the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants at their FAE Conference Center.

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CONGRESS PASSES MAJOR BANKRUPTCY REFORM BILL AND DELIVERS BILL TO PRESIDENT BUSH FOR SIGNATURE

NEW YORK, NY - By a vote of 302 to 126, on April 14, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bankruptcy reform bill which will become, for the most part, effective 180 days after it is signed into law by President Bush on April 20. The reform bill, which has stalled in Congress for more than seven years, will make filing for bankruptcy more difficult and costly, and will enhance the rights of creditors.

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