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Understanding Bankruptcy Dec. 12, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Will filing for bankruptcy affect my job or future employment? Answer: A person filing for bankruptcy will often worry that it will affect their employment or could them to be passed over for a potential job. Although your employer may learn about your bankruptcy, your […]

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Judge Snyder to Lead Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association is holding its 2019 annual luncheon meeting today, at which its new Chancellor, the Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.), will be introduced. Judge Snyder who will serve as the 93rd Chancellor of the PBA, assumes leadership in the Association with a broad range of activities on behalf of the Association and […]

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DA’s Office Files Charges Following Arrest of Philadelphia Police Officer

District Attorney Larry Krasner on Wednesday announced charges against Sgt. Jason Reid following a Philadelphia Police Department Internal Affairs investigation and arrest. Reid is alleged to have assaulted an individual placed under arrest on June 8, 2019, and to have lied about the circumstances of the assault. The Internal Affairs investigation found that Reid’s statements […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, 12/4/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: What happens to my retirement plan if I file for bankruptcy? Answer: Usually, you can keep your pension or retirement plan funds when you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Typically, the entire account is protected if it is ERISA qualified. Most 401(k)s, […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, Nov. 27, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Can filing for bankruptcy take my Social Security away? Answer: A major concern for filing bankruptcy is whether your Social Security funds can be taken from you. The good news is that Social Security benefits are exempt and therefore protected in bankruptcy. This means you […]

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Martina White: Philly GOP Sees a New Day

State Rep. Martina White (R-Northeast) released a statement in response to being elected the chairwoman of the Philadelphia Republican Party – the first female chair of either major political party in our city: “I am honored to be elected as the next chairwoman of the Philadelphia Republican Party,” said White. “As when our country was […]

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Mayor Kenney Calls for Free Library to Go Fine-Free

Mayor Kenney has called on the Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia to completely eliminate the use of fines for overdue books. The Board is scheduled to vote on this action at its upcoming meeting on Dec. 11. “While we want to ensure that library users return their materials, late fines for […]

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The National League of Cities (announced yesterday that Philadelphia has been selected as one of seven cities to take part in its new technical-assistance initiative, “Cities Addressing Basic Needs to Promote Postsecondary and Workforce Success.” The initiative, supported by The Kresge Foundation, is part of a national effort that aims to ensure students can complete […]

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Bilal: First African American Woman to Be Sheriff of Philadelphia in 181 Years

Correction: Earlier editions of this article stated that Rochelle Bilal was the first woman to be sheriff in Philadelphia. Barbara Deeley became the first woman to hold that title in 2011. Philadelphia has broken the glass ceiling in electing the first woman and African American candidate to serve as Sheriff of Philadelphia. In the general election, […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy, Oct. 31, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Do both spouses have to file for bankruptcy? Answer: Married couples can file together in a joint bankruptcy that combines both spouses’ debts and property into the same case. The overall goal is to discharge your debt and keep more of your property. In most […]

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