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  • Massachusetts, New Hampshire
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Christopher Garner
Christopher Garner January 8, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Knows his area cold; he is a good person to be on the opposing side as he is willing to work towards a fair and reasonable resolution of the issues in the case; effective drafting and litigation skills
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My firm principally represents creditors and small businesses in complex litigation cases in bankruptcy and federal courts. We regularly and expertly handle the following legal issues:

• Sub-Chapter V of chapter 11 (SBRA-Small Business Reorganization Act)
• COVID-19 a/k/a Coronavirus Stimulus Funding
• Business Debt restructuring
• Plan Formulation, Confirmation & Disclosures Statements & Balloting
• Cash Collateral Motions & Budgets and Reconciliations
• Valuation and Evidentiary Hearings
• Proof of Claim filing and defense
• Dischargeability Actions (creditor and debtor)
• Preference Actions (creditor and debtor)
• Priority and Administrative Debt
• Motions for Relief
• Equitable Subordination
• Debt re-characterization
• Commercial Lease Disputes
• Labor Law
• Corporate Entity Formation
• Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13

We also represent debtors, typically small businesses or self-employed individuals with difficult legal issues such as tax claims or pending state or federal lawsuits. We can expertly handle any issue which might arise in the context of Bankruptcy.

We are a solid, experienced team consisting of six attorneys and an exceptional staff with over a century of combined experience. We mean business, are detail and results oriented and thrive on delivering outstanding results for all of our clients.

Practice Areas
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
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    Potential Debtor-Bankruptcy Clients excluded.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New Hampshire
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U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney / Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy
Amann Burnett, PLLC
- Current
Braucher & Amann, PLLC
Craig, Deachman & Amann, PLLC
Bodoff & Associates
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
Ablitt & Charlton, PC
Cleveland, Waters & Bass, PA
Ablitt, Caruolo & DePasquale, LLP
Registered Securities Representative
Fidelity Investments
Customer Service Representative/Branch Legal Liaison
Ford Motor Credit Company
Massachusetts School of Law
J.D. (2000) | Law
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Saint Anselm College
B.S. (1994) | English Literature
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Very Good Rating
Super Lawyer
Professional Associations
New Hampshire State Bar  # 14866
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 648511
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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Articles & Publications
Legal expertise on bankruptcy and commercial litigation cases
NH Business Review
Real Estate Transactions- Cybersecurity, Wire Fraud, Common Title Problems and Related Bankruptcy
National Business Institute, Inc.
Small Business Reorganization Act
National Business Institute, Inc.
Top Ten Evidence Mistakes
National Business Institute, Inc.
Chapter 11 Preparation and Confirmation
National Business Institute Seminar
Push Don't Shove: Involuntary Bankruptcy
New Hampshire Bar News
NH Foreclosures & Commercial Workouts
National Business Institute Seminar
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
National Business Institute Seminar
Appraisal Fraud & Negligence
National Business Institute Seminar
Determination of Interest Rates in Chapter 11 Cramdowns
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
Landlord-Tenant Law Update
When a Landlord or Tenant Files Bankruptcy: Sterling Education Svcs. Inc.
VOLO Editor
American Bankruptcy Institute
Speaking Engagements
Small Business Reorganization Act, National Business Institute, National Video Conference
The Automatic Stay and Bankruptcy Litigation Straegy for Creditors and Debtors, NBI
Chapter 11 Preparation and Confirmation, National Business Institute CLE
Bankruptcy Litigation and Procedure, Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
Landlord-Tenant Law Update, NH Landlord-Tenant Law
Determination of Interest Rate in Chapter 11 Cramdowns, American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference
Websites & Blogs
Amann Burnett Law Website
Amann Burnett Law News
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48 Questions Answered
Q. While filing chapter 7 bankrupcy my lawyer suddenly says I have to file CH 13, too much disposable income this is after
A: Deciding which chapter you're eligible for and should file is a fundamental but key decision. I'm assuming the $1,500 fee you referenced is for your attorney and not the "phone course for chap7." The terms of engagement, such as the hourly fee amount and the billing processes, should all be spelled out in your engagement letter.

Bottom line in my view is that if your attorney acted diligently and legitimately worked on your file, then he/she is owed for that time. What looks like a 7 at first blush can sometimes turn out to be a 13. However, that's typically something discussed very early on with your attorney. If deciding which chapter to choose was too close of a call to make based simply on the UST/IRS chart and preliminary Means Test calcs, then it's possible your attorney needed to analyze your financials in more detail in order to advise you. ... Read More
Q. can my manufactured housing co-op which is resident owned fine me for non attendance of the annual meeting
A: RSA 205-A defines a manufactured housing park as any parcel of land under common ownership or control that contains, or is designed to contain, two or more manufactured housing units such as mobile homes. Owners and operators of manufactured housing parks are prohibited from:

Requiring more than three months' rent as an entry fee, or charging any fee unless services are rendered

Limiting whom current residents can sell their manufactured housing to, other than requiring new owners to meet park rules

Discriminating against prospective buyers of manufactured housing on the basis of age or family status

Requiring tenants to purchase goods or services from particular person or business, such as requiring residents to purchase skirting and tie downs from a particular person or business

Preventing a person or business from selling or supplying goods or services to park residents

Requiring that prospective residents purchase their housing from a particular person, except when the park is newly constructed

Charging residents for the maintenance and repair of underground systems, such as fuel tanks

In addition, owners and operators of manufactured housing parks must:

Disclose, in writing, all the terms and conditions of tenancy

Provide a written copy of the park rules and residents' rights to each tenant

Be available to residents

Not require tenants to get permission for overnight guests

Not impose rental surcharges for children or pets

The law also outlines the legally allowable reasons for eviction from a mobile home park. Park residents have specified periods of time available to them to "correct" the reason for the eviction. Before a tenant can be legally evicted from a manufactured housing park, the resident must be notified that she or he has:

30 days to pay any rent owed

60 days to comply with any local, state or federal law that has been violated

60 days to repair any damages to the leased property

60 days notice for repeated "breaches of the peace"

60 days to comply with park rules

18 months to vacate due to a condemnation or a change in the use of the park's land

Park owners are required to fully disclose to a prospective tenant in writing all rent, and utility and service charges before the tenant signs the lease agreement. Once the lease agreement is signed, rents and fees cannot be increased without a minimum of 60 days written notice to the tenant.

The New Hampshire Board of Manufactured Housing (the Board) can also be a significant source of protection for manufactured housing park tenants. The Board provides a low-cost and efficient alternative to the Courts for a wide range of tenant grievances. The Board is an administrative panel made up of housing park tenants, owners, two member of the NH House of Representatives, and a consumer representative, empowered to "hear and determine" disputes between park tenants and management concerning illegal or unreasonable park rules. The Board conducts informal evidentiary hearings and makes decisions, which are reviewed by the Superior Court, and can be adopted as enforceable court orders. The Board's jurisdiction extends to all of the prohibited practices listed in RSA 205-A: 2, 7 and 8. The Board does not, however, have authority to hear matters directly involving rent increases or evictions, nor can it rule on health and safety issues. These matters must be dealt with in district court. Information about the Board, its rules, as well as complaint forms, can be found at the Board's website.

The attendance requirement appears valid particularly because a provision that allows for exceptions such as if someone is in the hospital. It is odd that proxies or absentee votes are not used. If it's a big problem for you, I recommend hiring an attorney to investigate further.
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Q. I recently acquired a debt of $82,000.00 to the veteran’s administration.
A: Your Justia inquiry came in as a "Bankruptcy" question, so I assume you think that is the way to go. It might be. First, you may be judgment proof and filing might be unnecessary. Second, the VA might have a process in place to deal with this. If it's Bankruptcy, I'm assuming that you're more suited to a chapter 7 (as opposed to a 13 or 11). Third, you're likely to be eligible for a Chapter 7 Discharge under 11 U.S. Code § 727. I'm speculating here but you'd likely get a discharge because I do not believe the VA debt has any special priority under 11 U.S. Code § 523. There are exceptions to discharge related to taxes, fines, penalties, etc. to government entities so that would have to be examined. ... Read More
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Amann Burnett, PLLC
Manchester Office
757 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Telephone: (603) 696-5404
Cell: (603) 998-0033
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Amann Burnett, PLLC
North Andover Office
65A Flagship Drive
North Andover, MA 01845
Telephone: (603) 696-5404
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Weekend and Evening Telephone Consults typically available upon request
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