Entries by Michael H. Raichelson

Detroit Files Largest Municipal Bankruptcy Ever!

After the state of Michigan appointed an emergency financial manager, Kevyn Orr, to resolve the financial crisis of the city of Detroit without filing bankruptcy, Governor Rick Snyder approved the filing of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition for the city of Detroit on July 18. As of now, Detroit has $20 billion in long-term debt […]

Dolce and Gabbana Sentenced to Jail for Tax Evasion

Famous fashion designer Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were handed a suspended prison sentence of one year and eight months for hiding over one billion Euros, according the media. This order was given by the Milan, Italy court.  Dolce and Gabbana were initially investigated in 2008 for selling their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado […]

California Homeowners Bill of Rights

Prior to 2013, many homeowners faced uncharted waters when it came to foreclosure.  While most of those problems still persist, to ensure fair lending and borrowing practices for homeowners, California passed the California Homeowners Bill of Rights, which guarantees fairness and transprency for homeowners in the foreclosure process.  Below are a portion of the new […]

Bankruptcy Meeting of Creditors

Once you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy you are given a 341(a) meeting of creditors hearing date. This date is very important! It is not an actual court hearing where you go into a courtroom and a judge sees you. The meeting of creditors is also not a room filled with all […]

Stopping a Foreclosure – The Automatic Stay

Clients facing foreclosure or repossession need immediate relief to stop the foreclosure or repossession.  When you file a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, the automatic stay is triggered.  This is the immediate relief that is needed in that the automatic stay stop most creditors from continuing with collection activities, such as filing or continuing lawsuits, […]

Sinbad Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection

Sinbad (real name David Adkins) filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 4, 2013. The 90’s comedian has actually filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy two times since 2009 and the current filing is Sinbad’s third time. The first attempt to discharge his debts was dismissed due to lack of document production. The second bankruptcy filed […]

Bankruptcy Fraud

Some debtors may think they can get away with hiding, selling or transferring assets before filing a bankruptcy, but the truth is it is nearly impossible to not get caught. In fact, it is a federal crime to conceal assets in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and if done it can result into some serious federal […]

Oreck Vacuum Company Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

One of America’s best-known vacuum and cleaning supply company Oreck filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States bankruptcy code that allows reorganization, which is most prominently used by corporate entities. Oreck is still going to continue to operate its business while it seeks a buyer; however, documents filed suggest […]

Beyonce’s Father, Mathew Knowles owes $1.2 million in taxes to the IRS

Superstar singer Beyonce Knowles’s father and former manager Mathew Knowles was recently hit with an IRS tax lien of $1.2 million.  Knowles still hasn’t paid his tax bills for tax years 2010 and 2011. For 2010 he owes $485,575.95 and in 2011 $728,004.89, totaling $1,213,580.84 of debt, according to TMZ.  Even though Knowles no longer […]