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In today's turbulent economy, numerous business owners, both small and large, are grappling with financial hardships. In accordance with federal law, entities—typically businesses or partnerships—have the option to seek relief from their credit obligations by pursuing a claim under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. When individuals file for debt relief in New York under Chapter 11, they generally retain control over their assets and possessions while their enterprise undergoes a process of restructuring. During this period, any ongoing legal disputes involving the business owner, referred to as the debtor in possession under Chapter 11, are automatically put on hold, allowing resolution of the claim to take precedence. The debtor in Chapter 11 is able to continue operating their business while the court proceedings are underway.

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York is also a viable option for individuals who possess excessive debt under the Bankruptcy Code and therefore do not meet the requirements for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Engaging the services of a New York Chapter 11 bankruptcy attorney is crucial in successfully navigating the intricate maze associated with filing a bankruptcy petition.

For instance, this option may be suitable for a homeowner with multiple properties burdened by a substantial number of mortgages. However, the United States Code outlines specific limitations for individuals intending to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. To qualify, the debtor's unsecured debts must not exceed $360,475.00, and their secured debts must be below $1,081,400.00. Additionally, the debtor must have the means to afford the Chapter 13 payment plan in the future.

It's important to note that initiating a Chapter 11 bankruptcy can be costly. Alongside the expenses associated with hiring Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawyers, a filing fee of $1,000.00 and an additional administrative fee of $39.00 are imposed by the Bankruptcy Court for each Chapter 11 case. These fees must be paid to the court's clerk unless the court permits the debtor to make installment payments, not exceeding four installments.


Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a legal process designed for businesses, both small and large, to reorganize their debts and restructure their operations. It allows the debtor to continue operating while developing a plan to repay creditors.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is primarily available to businesses, including corporations, partnerships, and LLCs. However, individuals with substantial debt and assets may also file for Chapter 11 under certain circumstances.

The goal of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is to provide the debtor with an opportunity to reorganize their financial affairs, reduce debt, renegotiate contracts, and emerge from bankruptcy with a viable and sustainable business plan.

Yes, in some cases, creditors can initiate an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing against a business. However, certain conditions must be met, such as having a minimum number of eligible creditors and minimum debt thresholds.

During Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the debtor continues operating their business as a "debtor in possession." They develop a reorganization plan, negotiate with creditors, and seek court approval for the plan. The plan may involve reducing debts, renegotiating contracts, and restructuring the business.

The duration of Chapter 11 bankruptcy can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case and the size of the business. It can take several months to several years to complete the process, with larger businesses typically taking longer.

Yes, one of the key features of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is that the business can continue operating while restructuring its debts and operations. However, major decisions may require court approval, and the debtor must comply with reporting and disclosure requirements.

In most cases, the existing management of the business remains in control during Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, the court may appoint a trustee if there are concerns about mismanagement or if it is in the best interest of the creditors.

Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy does not provide for the discharge of debts. Instead, the debtor develops a plan to repay creditors over an extended period while potentially reducing the overall amount owed.

Yes, creditors have the right to object to a Chapter 11 reorganization plan if they believe it is unfair, inequitable, or does not adequately address their claims. The court will review objections and determine if the plan should be approved or modified.

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