Lieber & Lieber, LLP
New York, New York

Barbie D. Lieber, NY Bankruptcy Attorney Conveniently Located Across from Grand Central Station.

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Lieber & Lieber, LLP treats its clients with dignity and respect. Barbie D. Lieber, Esq. heads Lieber & Lieber’s Bankruptcy Department. Ms. Lieber strives to offer her clients a stress-free bankruptcy experience, to the greatest extent possible. She believes this is very critical as clients who have experienced financial troubles are stressed enough. Ms. Lieber has the ability to offer such experience because of her 24 years of practice as a bankruptcy and debt lawyer, representing debtors in chapters 11, 13 and 7 and representing unsecured and secured creditors and creditors’ committees. Ms. Lieber’s career began with her clerkship to the now retired Cornelius Blackshear, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Lieber assists both business and consumer debtors.

Sensitive to her clients’ comfort level, Ms. Lieber is with her clients from the beginning of the process to the end, including preparing them for and appearing with them at the 341 meetings (which are like court hearings) and confirmation hearings. All of her clients have direct access to Ms. Lieber through office meetings, telephone conferences and email communications. Ms. Lieber finds it very gratifying and rewarding to help her clients and offer them a “fresh start” through bankruptcy. Bankruptcy often helps Ms. Lieber’s clients not only on a financial level, but also on an emotional level. When people are suffering from financial woes, it affects their relationships, including their marriages. Bankruptcy can help to heal those wounds.

Some clients fear that their WAGES WILL BE GARNISHED and are embarrassed that their employers will soon be notified. Lieber & Lieber, LLP has filed many cases promptly after the notice of garnishment has been served, thereby SUCCESSFULLY preventing the garnishment of her clients’ wages. This alleviates tremendous stress to such clients.

Many clients find it unbearable to receive repeated calls and a flurry of letters each day from DEBT COLLECTORS. Equally disturbing are COLLECTION SUITS. These clients are relieved to learn that the bankruptcy filing operates as a stay against all collection efforts by creditors. These clients now have peace of mind.

Other clients have suffered from bitter matrimonial divorces that have saddled them with tremendous debt, including attorney’s fees owed to matrimonial counsel. Some clients have operated FAILING BUSINESSES for years and have invested all of their own personal funds in their companies to no avail. These same clients may have guaranteed the debts of their company. Lieber & Lieber, LLP has found that bankruptcy can be a safe haven for these clients, who can now move on with their lives without being harassed from creditors.

Many clients are concerned that lenders in the process of FORECLOSING on properties will be seeking deficiency judgments against them for any balance that may be owed after the foreclosure sale has occurred. Lieber & Lieber, LLP has SUCCESSFULLY been able on behalf of such clients to obtain discharges of such debt through bankruptcy filings. Now those clients can sleep well at night.

Other clients, with first and second MORTGAGES underlying their homes, are devastated that their homes are now worth less than the balances due and owing on their first mortgage. Some clients cannot afford to pay the debt service on their junior mortgages, such as HELOC loans. Through chapter 13 bankruptcy plans, Lieber & Lieber, LLP has SUCCESSFULLY been able to WIPE AWAY and “STRIP OFF” the MORTGAGE LIENS of second and junior mortgagees. This can be done if the home is worth no more than the current balance owed on the first mortgage. By way of example, if the home is worth $300,000 and is encumbered by a first mortgage with a balance owed of $301,000 and a second mortgage with a balance owed of $120,000, the second mortgage lien can be stripped off and voided. This means that after the Chapter 13 homeowner emerges from bankruptcy, the property will only be encumbered by the first mortgage and NOT the second mortgage. That homeowner now has a chance to realize equity in the property in the event that the real estate market recovers. The homeowner also benefits by not having to pay monthly debt service on the junior mortgage.

Other clients are concerned that they may not be successful in having their LOANS MODIFIED while they are in bankruptcy because they have previously tried to modify the mortgages without success. Lieber & Lieber, LLP has SUCCESSFULLY MODIFIED MORTGAGE LOANS on first and second mortgages in bankruptcy. This is what “Tom,” a client of Lieber & Lieber, LLP had to say in a thank you letter written to Ms. Lieber after she SUCCESSFULLY assisted him in modifying his first and second mortgages:

“Dear Barbie - Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It is abundantly clear to me that I will never be able to adequately thank you enough for the all the many ways you helped and supported me throughout the course of my recent bankruptcy filing- and current loan modification - and for all the attendant support you unstintingly brought to bear, time and again, on my behalf. I was, as you may well remember, nothing less than utterly overwhelmed (and, yes, lost) before you took matters in hand in a thoroughly focused and professional manner and managed me through the process. Your level of commitment to my particular case has been so far in excess of any other professional standard I have ever experienced as to be very nearly unbelievable. It has clearly been my great good fortune to benefit from your support and counsel at every stage of the process. On a personal note, the kindness, compassion and patience which informed every aspect of our interaction was as unexpected as it is very, very much appreciated. I experienced a sense of security — in even the most stressful of instances - which I previously thought reserved for only the closest of friends. You are, in short, nothing less than brilliant. In every way. So allow me to close this note as it began ... Thank you Barbie, thank you, thank you. thank you,” –Tom.

Most recently, following Tom’s bankruptcy, Lieber & Lieber, LLP successfully represented Tom in substantially reducing his tax liability to the Internal Revenue Service.

Lieber & Lieber, LLP looks forward to representing you in the same fashion that it has represented Tom.

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Services Offered
Chapter 7 Representation of Consumer and Bankruptcy Debtors, including loan modifications and voiding of
judicial liens that impair exemptions;
Chapter 13 Representation of Consumer and Business Debtors, including loan modifications, “lien stripping” (voiding liens of junior mortgages) and voiding of judicial liens that impair exemptions;
Representation of Secured and Unsecured Creditors, including the defense of preferential transfer actions, motions to lift stay, objections to confirmation of a plan
and the filing of proofs of claims;
Representation of Defendants in Collection Actions commenced by creditors and debt collectors;
Representation of Creditors in commencing,
prosecuting and settling collection actions;
Representation of debtors and creditors in out-of-court settlements;
Representation of small businesses and their principals in
day to day affairs; and
Representation of individuals in settling tax liability

Choosing the Right New York Bankruptcy Attorney

Most of us have heard the old saying “A man who represents himself has a fool for a client”. Obviously there are many instances in life where you wouldn’t want to legally represent yourself but when it comes to finding a good New York Bankruptcy Attorney, most people don’t have a clue what they need to look for in a qualified New York Bankruptcy Attorney.
Every day people need the services of a reliable New York Bankruptcy Attorney for various legal issues including transactions in business and real estate, disability cases, family matters and wills and estate disbursement. Any New York Bankruptcy Attorney you allow to handle a legal matter for you should represent you in a knowledgeable, conscientious and timely fashion.

So if you find yourself in need of a New York Bankruptcy Attorney, where do you begin? Most Bankruptcy Attorneys specialize within a specific area of the law. It’s important to keep in mind that you need to find a New York Bankruptcy Attorney that practices within the area of law in which you need help.

Where to Search for a Qualified New York Bankruptcy Attorney

Start by pinpointing your need and gathering a list of appropriate candidates. It’s ok to ask friends, relatives and colleagues for recommendations, but only consider the names they provide if the New York Bankruptcy Attorney handled a case for them that was similar to yours. Also ask other professionals you know. Real estate agents, accountants and government officials deal with Bankruptcy Attorneys on regular bases and they may be able to give you a good recommendation for your specific need.

Check out your local telephone directory and call your city or state's Bar Association. Almost every bar association has a New York Bankruptcy Attorney referral service. They can provide you with a few names of qualified Bankruptcy Attorneys whose area of expertise fits your needs. Just be aware that the names you get won’t guarantee you the best New York Bankruptcy Attorney since anyone can ask to be on the list. You’ll still need to do some follow up research on each one.

Look for online resources. The internet is a great way to search for anything you need including a good New York Bankruptcy Attorney. There are also a number of legal directories that can assist you in finding good local Bankruptcy Attorney to suit your needs. You can narrow your search by city and type of practice. The most convenient part of using the computer is that you get to do some research on local New York Bankruptcy Attorneys to help you decide if you even want to call them.

Setting up a Consultation with the New York Bankruptcy Attorney

Once you have your list of potential candidates in hand, it’s time to get down to the business of making contact with each New York Bankruptcy Attorney. You may have already made some initial contacts by email if you’ve used an online directory or referral service. This can greatly enhance your comfort level and give you a good idea of which Bankruptcy Attorneys you’d like to set up an appointment with for an in person consultation.

Usually a New York Bankruptcy Attorney will offer a free consultation either by phone or by appointment to learn why you need representation and to briefly discuss your case. Consider this first consultation as a time to get to know each New York Bankruptcy Attorney you meet with. If an Bankruptcy Attorney is going to represent you, you need to feel comfortable and trust this person. The consultation is also an ideal time to learn about an Bankruptcy Attorney’s experience and successes with cases similar to yours.

Also remember to ask about rates and payment terms. Problems can arise when a New York Bankruptcy Attorney and client fail to discuss the various fees at the start. You can avoid turning a good relationship bad by asking the New York Bankruptcy Attorney for detailed information in writing, outlining his fees and any other expenses that might be involved. Ask for this before you agree to any representation and you can save yourself from a lot of surprises later on.

Selecting a New York Bankruptcy Attorney You can Trust

Get references from any prospective New York Bankruptcy Attorney. It might seem inappropriate to question any Bankruptcy Attorney’s qualifications but any reputable New York Bankruptcy Attorney will understand and happily offer you references. If a New York Bankruptcy Attorney acts upset or angry or tries to brush off your request for references, he probably isn’t someone you want to consider working with.

Finding a New York Bankruptcy Attorney is not difficult. Finding a good New York Bankruptcy Attorney may take a little work. Locating a reliable New York Bankruptcy Attorney that is knowledgeable as well as familiar with cases like yours and is someone you feel you can trust completely is not always easy. Bankruptcy Attorneys are sometimes entrusted with the very lives of their clients. While your situation may never be as dire, if you find yourself in need of a New York Bankruptcy Attorney your selection should be based on someone you believe to be dedicated and trustworthy.

Regarding your personal situation, you should consult an attorney for advice. This site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice nor is the information you obtain here. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. This does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please, until we have established an attorney-client relationship, do not pass along any confidential information to us.
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After looking at all options to resolve our debt on our own, my wife and I decided to look for a bankruptcy attorney after credit card companies were not interested in working with us. They began calling our house constantly everyday which became very stressful. I search the Internet and came across Barbie’s contact information and read comments from people who she had helped. We decided to email Barbie and gave her information on our situation. Very soon after I sent the email, Barbie called me and we briefly discussed our issue. I was able to meet her at her office very soon after. Barbie right away discussed the bankruptcy process and how it can help remove all of our credit card debt. After speaking and meeting with her I felt we had made the right decision on having her represent us in bankruptcy court. For the creditors’ meeting, it was nerve racking for us. But Barbie assured us that it would be alright and guided us on how to answer questions from the Trustee. We practice on our way to the court house and felt prepared. It was interesting to see how other attorneys were not well prepared for this meeting, but Barbie is on top of everything. She had all the paper work with her and even wrote and sent a letter to the trustee way before our meeting. She took the time to listen, treated us like human beings and always there to answer our questions, either by phone or email. I would highly recommend Barbie to anyone in need of a GREAT attorney. Thank you Barbie for helping us through this difficult time in our lives. You are the BEST!!!!!!
Miguel & Claudia
Thank you Barbie...I was in dire need of help. My divorce, job injury and daughters education led me to financial distress. I cannot thank you enough for the professionalism and breath of fresh air you provided, during such a stressful time with my bankruptcy proceedings. From the first phone call to the final step you were there for me. My life is gradually improving and I have you to thank. I would recommend you to all. Again , thank you.
Barbie - I want to thank you for being such a great lawyer!! One night after many years of ignoring my financial instability I decided that enough was enough. I decided to confront the reality I was ignoring. Searching through many websites and making calls I found Barbie Lieber. I'm so thankful for that; not only did Barbie talk to me like a lawyer but also as an adviser that opened my eyes to how, when and why Chapter 7 was my option. Barbie listened and analyzed my situation; I told her everything about my situation with my house and credit cards. The filing process was done within days of meeting; I was impressed how fast and efficient she is. Barbie prepared me from day one until the last meeting with the trustee. She was always on point with follow-ups and responded to calls/emails with questions I had. During the meeting of creditors, other lawyers were missing paperwork from their clients and were puzzled about their own cases--not Barbie, she is very thorough, organized and confident. She will definitely be recommended to my family and friends who may have similar situations. I'm so amazed and glad Barbie helped me move out this stressful situation. Thank you for all your help and dedication. I wish all lawyers were as nice and smart as you, hopefully you’ve be able to help out New Yorkers for many years. Take care and have a wonderful year, you just made mine!"
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