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Chapter 7 Business Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19

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As the economy struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes in Pennsylvania and across the country are suffering financially. With so many companies forced to restrict or cease operations altogether, the resulting workforce reduction and revenue losses have many Pennsylvania businesses facing difficult decisions about their future. For those struggling financially before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many are ready to call it quits and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.


Philadelphia Bankruptcy Attorney Alfred Abel Takes the Stress Out of Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy and the financial duress that leads one to file bankruptcy can be overwhelming. Philadelphia Bankruptcy Attorney Alfred Abel recently met with VIEWS Digital Marketing to discuss bankruptcy and address some of the questions many individuals and business owners commonly ask including why having an attorney can be such an advantage. Read the entire interview transcript below or watch the video.


CARES Act Brings Temporary Changes to Bankruptcy Rules

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial devastation to businesses and individuals across the country. To bring financial relief to those impacted by this health crisis, on March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act providing stimulus payments to individuals, families, and businesses. Along with the distribution of funds, the CARES Act also includes important changes to federal Bankruptcy laws.


Is Your Debt Collector Legitimate or a Scam?

The Coronavirus pandemic has left many Pennsylvanians overwhelmed with financial hardship, job loss, and mounting debts. Those struggling to pay bills before the COVID-19 outbreak may now face a spike in telephone calls from debt collectors. If this happens, how do you know if a debt collector is a scam or legitimate?


What Does ‘Clawback’ Mean in a Bankruptcy?

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Just before filing bankruptcy, if a debtor decides to transfer title of an asset, like a house or a business, the asset may be returned to the debtor’s estate under the clawback provision in bankruptcy law. In some situations, the bankruptcy trustee appointed to manage the debtor’s financial affairs can recover those pre-bankruptcy assets from individuals or companies who received them.


What You Need to Know About Bankruptcy Preferences

Pictured is a tabletop with the hands of two people examining paperwork | Alfred Abel Discusses What You Need to Know About Bankruptcy Preferences

As Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyers, clients often ask us if a bankruptcy court will look at debts already paid to creditors prior to filing a bankruptcy case. While filing bankruptcy addresses debts that a debtor is no longer able to pay, bankruptcy also looks at payments made to creditors that occur during a specific time period before the bankruptcy filing. In fact, under the bankruptcy preferences law, a bankruptcy trustee can require payments made to creditors shortly before the bankruptcy filing be paid back to the trustee.


Five Reasons Why Every Philadelphia Business Should Have a Lawyer on Retainer

Alfred Abel Discusses Why Every Business Should Have a Lawyer on Retainer

Whether your Philadelphia business is a small local start-up or a large corporation, you need to have the right team by your side to ensure your ongoing success. With regard to documentation and compliance, you will benefit from having a skilled and experienced attorney on retainer. If you are operating a business in Philadelphia, here are five excellent reasons why your business would benefit from having a lawyer on retainer:


Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations

Personal injury lawyer Alfred Abel discusses PA's statute of limitations - Alfred Abel Law Offices

As a personal injury attorney, I am often asked about the time limit to file a lawsuit after suffering an injury. In legal terms, the law defining the time limit or deadline one must meet to file a legal action or lawsuit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” Every state has its own statutes of limitations for filing legal actions of all types, including those involving a personal injury.


What is Value-Based Pricing for Legal Services?

Many attorneys are turning to Value-Based Pricing for Legal Services - Alfred Abel Law Offices

Though the long-standing tradition is that law firms bill clients by the hour, the legal industry is starting to see a shift by some law firms to value-based pricing for legal services. The value-based pricing model has been widely used in the business world for more than 50 years. In recent years inflation and rising costs for legal services have prompted some attorneys to look to viable alternatives to the traditional time-based billing method.