Michael Francis Barrett

Michael Francis Barrett

Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C.
  • Bankruptcy, Family Law
  • New York
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Assisting individuals in filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Following a brief telephone call, I can arrange to meet with you for a free consultation in my Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Hamburg, or Batavia office. I will go over all the required information with you, so you will not need to fill out a huge packet of papers on your own. We can review all of your options so you can determine whether bankruptcy, or another solution, is right for you.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Evictions
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer free consultations for bankruptcy matters.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Professional Experience
Attorney
Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C.
- Current
Education
SUNY Buffalo Law School
J.D. (2007)
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State University of New York - Buffalo
B.S. (2003) | Business Administration
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Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
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New York State Bar Association
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Erie County Bar Association
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Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered

Q. Can my mom be sued on a CC bill?
A: She can be sued, the question will be whether the creditor will be able to collect anything from her. That will depend largely on what assets she has, and her state's laws. Consider seeing an attorney to determine whether she can be considered "judgment proof".
Q. Am I supposed to be legally separated for a year before I can get a divorce from my husband?
A: No, while that is one of the grounds for divorce, nearly all divorces now proceed under the so-called "no-fault" ground of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage over the past 6 months. You do not need to first get a separation to begin the divorce process.
Q. I make payments on my girlfriends truck out of my account.
A: Unless you made an agreement regarding those payments with your ex, and you can prove it, you likely won't have any claim.
Q. Husband and I are looking to file ch7 in IL. Is there repercussion if we use one of our $0 balance credit cards now?
A: If you make a purchase with no intent to repay it, the creditor can make a case against you for fraud. In the bankruptcy context, this means that the creditor may be able to have that debt declared nondischargeable, or you could be denied your discharge entirely.
Q. In New York is a divorced parent legally required to continue paying child support for an adult disabled child?
A: Child support in New York State continues through age 21, unless it can be shown that the child is emancipated. Clearly, emancipation is not a factor in your situation. Unless you signed an agreement that provides otherwise, your child support obligation will continue until he turns 21.
Q. I am looking for a Power of attorney wherein my husband doesn't have to sign or have any knowledge
A: You cannot obtain a power of attorney on someone without their knowledge.
Q. How much to retain atty for bankruptcy
A: The costs of bankruptcy vary, even in a specific geographic area. You should contact bankruptcy attorneys in your area to request an estimate of their fees. You can use the "Find a Lawyer" tab on this site, or you can search on the NACBA (National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys) site for an attorney near you.
Q. Should I file for bankruptcy before or after getting an apartment?
A: Whether the amount of your housing expense will have an impact in your potential bankruptcy case can be determined by a full evaluation of your income vs. expenses. There is no one answer. It is not too early to seek a bankruptcy attorney who can guide you at this stage.
Q. Can I file bankruptcy on loans made to me from a Finance Company? I think its around $15,000. Or go with debt cons?
A: The best way to resolve your confusion is to make an appointment with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer in your area. Many bankruptcy lawyers offer free consultations. Bankruptcy does not ruin you financially for life, many individuals who file are able to reestablish their credit relatively quickly, and the bankruptcy only lasts on your credit report for 10 years. You cannot pick and choose which debts you file on; all your debts must be listed. However, the vast majority of people who wish to keep their vehicle in bankruptcy are able to do so. An attorney who evaluates your entire situation will be able to tell you what property you can keep and what the impact of bankruptcy will be on you.
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Contact & Map
Buffalo (main office)
37 Franklin St.
Suite 900
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Telephone: (716) 856-3646
Fax: (716) 854-2531
Niagara Falls
2524 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
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Telephone: (716) 856-3646
Fax: (716) 854-2531
Batavia
104 Bank St.
Batavia, NY 14020
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Telephone: (585) 479-3838
Fax: (716) 854-2531
Hamburg
16 Main St.
Hamburg, NY 14075
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Telephone: (716) 856-3646
Fax: (716) 854-2531