To Understand Bankruptcy, Start With These Words

From A to Z, in the bankruptcy alphabet

When I was a teenager, I discovered the writings of Harlan Ellison. His unique storytelling style wove elements of fantasy together with mainstream fiction, creating narratives that felt alien and familiar at the same time. Though I later learned about his numerous problematic opinions, his ability to convey complex ideas with remarkable clarity set him apart from his peers.

Famously, Ellison wrote a story in public view over a week in the window of the renowned Los Angeles bookstore, A Change of Hobbit. People came by to watch him work at his typewriter (you do remember those, right?) as day turned into night and back into day.

Out of this experiment came a series of concise stories titled, From A To Z, in The Chocolate Alphabet. Some were strange, some funny, all imaginative. The Chocolate Alphabet, published as part of his collection, Strange Wine, remains shockingly clever and diverse.

After passing the bar exam and becoming an attorney, I often wondered whether there wasn’t a way to adapt Ellison’s creation to the world of bankruptcy. However, it wasn’t until I started blogging and creating content that my ideas crystallized into the page before you.

Initially an outgrowth of NaNoWriMo, an annual challenge with participants attempting to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175 pages) novel in November, the Bankruptcy Alphabet took shape.

The goal was to write a new article each day for 26 days, with each discussing a single bankruptcy-related topic. Then, using the alphabet theme, I’d be able to create informative articles that wouldn’t overwhelm my readers. Though I wouldn’t work from the window of a bookstore, the fruits of my labors would be on display for all to see.

Some were short posts, others far longer. Editing was minimal, allowing my personality to remain visible. The finished project, known as the bankruptcy alphabet, was a labor of professional love.

I’ve updated these articles as the law has evolved. I hope you find them useful and enjoyable.

Student Loan Lawyer Jay FleischmanMeet Jay

My name is Jay Fleischman, and I’ve been representing people in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases for over 26 years. During that time, I’ve remained at the cutting edge of the field, working hard to expand bankruptcy’s benefits to my clients. I wrote every word on this page, so I personally stand behind it.

I’ve helped thousands of federal and private student loan borrowers lower their payments, negotiate settlements, get out of default and qualify for loan forgiveness programs. I’ve defending hundreds of lawsuits filed by student loan companies and debt collectors such as Navient, National Collegiate Student Loan Trust, Midland Funding and others. In addition, my work in the New York bankruptcy cases of Torres v. Chase Bank USA, NA, Russell v. Chase Bank USA, NA and Gilyard-McKenzie v. HSBC Bank USA, NA established a consumer debtor’s right to have their credit reports correctly updated after their case was completed.

I played a central role in developing the Student Loan Law Workshop, where I personally helped to train over 350 lawyers on how to help people with student loan problems. I’ve spoken at events held by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, National Association of Consumer Advocates, and bar associations around the country. In addition, national news outlets regularly look to me for my insights on student loans and consumer debt issues.

I currently practice law in New York and California.

About Jay

Student Loan Lawyer Jay Fleischman

My name is Jay Fleischman, and I’ve been representing people in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases for over 24 years. During that time, I’ve remained at the cutting edge of the field, working hard to expand the benefits that bankruptcy provides to my clients. Every single word on this page was written by me, so I personally stand behind it.

I’ve helped thousands of federal and private student loan borrowers lower their payments, negotiate settlements, get out of default and qualify for loan forgiveness programs. I’ve defending hundreds of lawsuits filed by student loan companies and debt collectors such as Navient, National Collegiate Student Loan Trust, Midland Funding and others. In addition, my work in the New York bankruptcy cases of Torres v. Chase Bank USA, NA, Russell v. Chase Bank USA, NA and Gilyard-McKenzie v. HSBC Bank USA, NA established a consumer debtor’s right to have their credit reports properly updated after their case was completed.

I played a central role in developing the Student Loan Law Workshop, where I personally helped to train over 350 lawyers on how to help people with student loan problems. I’ve spoken at events held by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, National Association of Consumer Advocates, and bar associations around the country. National news outlets regularly look to me for my insights on student loans and consumer debt issues.

I currently practice law in New York and California.

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