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COVID Medical Expenses and Discharges Medical Bills in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

Millions of Americans are experiencing significant financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic and are considering bankruptcy.  This is including individuals and small business owners in the Tampa Bay area. For many Tampa-area residents, financial problems are compounded by illness due to COVID-19. To be sure, a large number of people in Florida… Read More »

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What Happens When a Business Got SBA Loans and Later Went through Bankruptcy?

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

In Spring of 2020 and later, many businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area received SBA loans as a form of COVID-19 relief. Those loans included loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. For some of those businesses, the loans were sufficient to cover the significant losses… Read More »

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Personal Guarantees on Commercial Leases When a Business Closes or Files Chapter 7

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

When a business in the Tampa Bay area is struggling to pay its debts and to keep its doors open, the business owners might be considering the possibility of business bankruptcy or closure. For many businesses, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is the best option because it allows the business to remain open while reorganizing debts… Read More »

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In Bankruptcy Because of Seller Fraud in a Purchased Business

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

All too often we meet clients who moved down to Florida with hopes of being in business for themselves. The story is the same each time.  Sadly, a bad business purchase can lead to the loss of life savings, retirement funds, and personal bankruptcy. Meet “Bob” from Michigan. Bob worked in the corporate world… Read More »

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SBA Loan Forgiveness and Bankruptcy | PPP Loan Discharge

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

Many small businesses in the Tampa Bay area applied for and have received SBA loans, including funding that has come from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. In theory, if these businesses meet the requirements outlined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), they can be eligible… Read More »

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Bankruptcy Fraud and Hiding Assets

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

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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Filing Bankruptcy in Florida if You Moved from Another State | Bankruptcy Residency

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

Did you move to Florida relatively recently? Did you move at a point at which you were struggling with debt and considering consumer bankruptcy, but you decided to see if a new location and a new job in the Tampa Bay area could help you get your finances back on track? Many Tampa Bay-area… Read More »

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Chapter 7 for The Small Business Owner

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

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 for… Read More »

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

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

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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Chapter 7 Bad Faith Filing and Criminal Fraud

By Samantha L. Dammer, P.A. |

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as an individual or as a business entity, you are expected to file for bankruptcy in good faith. In other words, whether you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a sole proprietor or as a larger business like an LLC or a corporation, the U.S. Bankruptcy… Read More »

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