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IRS Priority Debt in Chapter 7

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Do you owe tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and are you considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy in order to have that debt discharged? If you are thinking about personal bankruptcy due to consumer debts or liquidation bankruptcy for your restaurant or small business in the Tampa Bay area, it is important to… Read More »

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Bankruptcy Fraud and Hiding Assets

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Whether you are an individual who is thinking about filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or if you are a small business owner in the Tampa Bay area and are considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it is important to understand how hiding assets could result in bankruptcy fraud charges…. Read More »

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Commercial Leases in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Filing for bankruptcy in Tampa Bay is a stressful process for any business owner. Generally speaking, business owners file for one of two different types of bankruptcy: Chapter 7 or Chapter 11. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the business owner does not have any real options for keeping the business open since this is… Read More »

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“Chapter 20” Bankruptcy

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

What is “Chapter 20” bankruptcy, and how does it related to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy? In some ways, it is a combination of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. However, it is important to recognize that there is no such thing as “Chapter 20” bankruptcy under the U.S. Bankruptcy… Read More »

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Small Business Retail Stores That Have to Go Through Bankruptcy in Tampa Malls

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Retail stores are going out of business and filing for bankruptcy across the country, including in the Tampa Bay area. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, the year 2017 saw a kind of “retail meltdown” in which small retail stores throughout the nation are closing. To be sure, despite being “in the… Read More »

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Retail Commercial Leases in Chapter 11 Small Business Cases

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

If you run a small business in the Tampa Bay area and are considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we know that you have many questions about moving forward with your business. For instance, can you keep your business open throughout Chapter 11 bankruptcy? Will any of your business assets need to be liquidated? And perhaps… Read More »

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Exceptions to the Chapter 7 Means Test for Non-Consumer Debt

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

When you are planning to file for bankruptcy as a result of your business debts, there are many issues you will need to consider. For instance, what type of business structure do you have, and will bankruptcy result in you filing for personal bankruptcy in addition to filing on behalf of your business? When… Read More »

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How Does a Restaurant Close Down If It Wants to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

If you are a restaurant owner in the Tampa Bay area and are planning to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, we know that you probably have numerous questions about how to begin the process of closing down your business. What will you do with perishable items? What are you supposed to do with the… Read More »

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The Dangers of Transferring Property Prior to Filing a Bankruptcy

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Are you considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Tampa Bay area, it is important to understand the dangers of transferring property prior to filing. Given that you are planning to file for liquidation bankruptcy, you are likely aware that you will only be permitted to retain property that is exempt. In other… Read More »

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Chapter 7 for The Small Business Owner

By Samantha L. Dammer, Esq. |

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for The Small Business Owner   Part One:  Why Would a Small Business Need to File A Bankruptcy? A colleague asked me this morning why a small business would need to file a bankruptcy, instead of simply closing down and walking away.  Of course the owner might be facing personal guarantees… Read More »


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