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Allen A. Kolber

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Suffern, NY

5.0   42 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Allen

Learn Allen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    25%
    THE LAW OFFICES OF ALLEN A. KOLBER, ESQ. files Bankruptcy cases for individuals, families and corporations in Rockland County and the Lower Hudson Valley. Most of our Bankruptcy clients are: middle class families who own a home and have suffered from unemployment, health issues or divorce.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    25%
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy allows a business owner to stop his creditors, vendors or banks from shutting the business down, while continuing to operate and receive income and revenue. A Chapter 11 case allows a Business to restructure its debt payments over a 5-year Plan allowing it to continue operating, keeping its employees on staff and earning income for all families involved.

    29 years, 20 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is for families that have assets, value to their home or earn above the average family income. You keep all your assets while under the protection of the Bankruptcy Court. You repay unsecured creditors as little as 2% of your debt, and the balance is eliminated.

    29 years, 500 cases

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%
    A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy will will eliminate most of your debt, including credit card debt, personal debt, medical bills, foreclosures and automobile repossessions. You will keep assets such as bank accounts, automobiles, pension plans, IRA’s, and your house.

    29 years, 500 cases

Allen A. Kolber, Esq. graduated as a Belkin Fellow from Cardozo Law School in 1987 and was admitted into the New York State Bar. In 2014, Allen Kolber was admitted to practice before the United States Federal Tax Court.

Mr. Kolber served as a Queens County Assistant District Attorney, was appointed a Supervisor in the Trial Bureau and later served in the Appeals Bureau drafting and arguing appeals before the New York State Appellate Division.

In 1991, Allen Kolber accepted a position with a Wall Street litigation firm, and for the next 7 years, Mr. Kolber represented Underwriters at Lloyds of London in the New York Federal Courts, litigating multi-million dollar cases to settlement or trial and appeal.

Since 1999, Mr. Kolber has been practicing Bankruptcy Law and litigation in the Federal U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, including the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland Counties and the Hudson Valley.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York, 1992

 

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The Law Offices of Allen A. Kolber, Esq.
Rockland County Location
134 Route 59, Suite A
Suffern, NY, 10901-4176

Reviews

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Posted by Daniel | June 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Excellent Staff
I don’t really write reviews, however, in this case I will make an exception. Allen and his staff ensured my case went smoothly and that I received my court-ordered Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge. Throughout, I appreciated his candor and knowledgeable expertise. To that end, I highly recommend Allen for your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2020
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#1 BK Lawyer - 5 stars
If you have been limping along making minimum payments – please do yourself a favor and visit Allen Kolber. Allen is #1 BK lawyer in Rockland. Just fantastic. The minute you meet him, you will feel welcomed. You won’t regret it. Filing for BK is a hugely stressful experience but with Allen and his team assisting you, the process was not as bad as we thought it would be. We were raised to pay our bills! No BK for us! In the meantime, we decimated our retirement savings staving off filing Chapter 7. Once we realized there was no way out, Allen was the man for the job! He not only gave us so much of his time, he gave us his stellar BK experience. He also fought 2 lawsuits and saved our home from credit card liens. We cannot say enough great things about Allen and his staff. Having worked in the legal field and being well versed around lawyers in general, we found Allen to be exceptional! He went over and above to get us out of the financial mess we found ourselves in, particularly after suffering serious health setbacks. As for Allen’s Staff: I cannot adequately praise the services provided by Sandy and Sylvia, his paralegals are ace #1! They know their stuff, they are patient, they always took our calls, answered emails, and graciously helped us go through the process. Allen has a huge box of tissues in his office and was so kind helping me wipe up my tears. His legal mind is top notch. His humanity is stellar. When you are his client, you are in excellent hands! Please don’t wait until there is little hope – go see Allen now and let him help you review your options. Whilst filing is stressful, once you come through the other side, you will be grateful. Allen, we are forever grateful to you, Sandy and Sylvia. You helped us turn our lives right side up again. All the best, Gone"Fishing"
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Posted by Yoel | March 5, 2020
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Life Saver
Allen saved my life by helping me getting financially stable. The staff was very friendly helping and caring with each step of the process, after every meeting with Allen I felt that another stone was removed. If unfortunately, you find your self in financial crises Allen will be the best choice, having Allen on your side every step on the way makes it much easier and calms you down. Thank you Allen for your help.
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Posted by Jeff | March 5, 2020
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Great Atty
I would definitely give Mr. Kolber a five star review. He is very knowledgeable about the areas of law that he practices, and Equally as important he’s very accommodating to his client. He is always ready to answer any and all questions, return phone calls and guide you on a path to achieve the results that you want. The law can be very tricky and confusing to the average person. Picking a lawyer with the knowledge experience and care, as Mr. Colbert has is extremely important. Jeff. Suffern, NY
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Posted by Angel | March 3, 2020
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Exceptional Service
Allen Kolber and his staff answered every question and gave me invaluable advice! They were extremely professional and capable!
Posted by Carolyn | March 3, 2020
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Chapter 13
Allen Kolber represented me during a very difficult time in my life. He was professional but was empathetic to my situation. Once I met with him I knew I was in good hands. It took quite a while to get things done but in the end I got the relief I needed and I’m off to a great start financially with a great credit score in the making. Thanks Allen
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Posted by nina | April 24, 2019
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Mr.Kolber has been representing my husband and I in a foreclosure action against us. He is responsive to our needs, including "hand holding" when required. I can't say enough about him in regards to his great expertise and his advice and guidance have been right on and incredibly helpful. We have complete trust in him and in addition, his office staff are knowledgeable and as responsive and helpful.
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Posted by Henry G. | December 21, 2017
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Top Attorny
Other then using him for my personal needs. I've been dealing with him for the past 8 years on a daily basis. There are no words to describe his service and sensitivity to his clients.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
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Mr Allen Kolber
Mr. Kolber was most attentive to the small details of all issues and was able to resolve difficult challenges along the way. He was always available and completed the project in a timely fashion.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
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Professional, caring and thorough
Allen is an excellent attorney. He was extremely thorough, from start to finish with our case, taking the time to explore every possible option. Allen put our needs first, as he clearly does for all his clients, and advised us accordingly. I highly recommend him, and would certainly use his services again in the future.
Posted by David | December 21, 2017
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Great Attorney
Allen is a great attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective. He explained my legal options and I couldn't be happier. I would recommend him to any of my friends and especially to anyone on here. Thanks Allen!
Posted by Yaakov | December 21, 2017
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Chapter 11
Allen handled my chapter 11 superbly. He was clear, kind, concise, and complete! He spent much time to explain everything and the whole process went very smoothly. He was always available to answer my questions. I would highly recommend Allen Kolber and his law practice for anyone in need of filing a bankruptcy!
Posted by Matthew | August 18, 2016
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An incredible team!!!
In September of 2013 I was in a horrific motorcycle accident. My odds of survival were less than 5% (literally). Someone failed to see me or yield the right of way and they pulled out in front of me, and I had absolutely no chance to avoid the impact. I was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center where they immediately gave me a catscan, and the injury I sustained was a torn aorta, the main artery from the heart. not one single person actually believed I'd survive, for nobody had survived long enough for surgery. Once that was discovered I was flown by helicopter to Westchester Hospital where they performed heart surgery to try and and save my life. I ended up with a stent where the aorta was torn. After all of this, I had no insurance and wasn't covered under "No-fault". Over the next couple of years trying to workout an agreement, I found it impossible to have to pay back almost half a million dollars. That's when I looked into and met Allen Kolber. This man helped save my life in more ways than one, maybe not physically, but mentally and financially. My wife and I even contemplated Holding off of our planned wedding because of this financial crisis. I was getting served left and right to appear in court, but when Allen herd my story he assured me that he would help me any way he could, and that he did. I filed for bankruptcy after exhausting all other options, and Allen was the man who was able to make this happen. Allen was very kind, understanding, and most of all, trustworthy. From the minute I walked in his office. His assistants were also kind and genuine, and they were on top of everything. They even knew my voice and knew it was me every single (thousand times) I called with questions. They helped me just as much as Allen did, and made, what I invisioned to be insanely stressful experience, one that was smoother than I ever thought . If there's anyone who can help you with a financial crisis look no further. Team Allen Kolber is the way to go. Thank you Allen for helping me close a difficult chapter in my life!
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Posted by Ahavat Yisrael or Wesley Hills | July 24, 2016
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Allen A. Kolber
Allen and his paralegal staff professionally and successfully navigated the approval process of the State of New York Office of the Attorney General and related state court on our behalf, thus enabling our synagogue to sell part of our existing property.
Posted by Philip | May 5, 2016
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Bankruptcy Attorney
I was recovering from a serious heart attack and Allen and his excellent staff guided me through the bankruptcy process with care and expertise.
Posted by louis | May 1, 2016
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AAA+++
Allen is a very good lawyer!!! He knows the law very well and is very smart and down to earth. is very good in communicating and has a very good sense of hummer. also he is very good in representing you in front off a judge I personally used him and was very satisfied with his knowledge of the law and he was very reinsuring to me in a very difficult time
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Posted by Dave | April 26, 2016
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Caring, professional, and helpful
Allen handled my Chapter 7 bankruptcy. He made sure I understood everything that was going to take place, and made sure that my concerns were addressed. Any time I had questions during the process, I was able to get an answer quickly. Even when one of my creditors tried to accelerate the timeline by bringing in their own attorney, Allen just made it go away. Filing bankruptcy was a big hassle, but Allen and his team made it as painless as possible. If I'd known it could be this easy, I would have done it sooner, instead of trying to "tough it out." Allen is a rock star.
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Posted by David | April 26, 2016
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Fantastic Attorney!
Allen is a great guy and a great attorney. He always gives me the straight information and advice I am looking for and he is the lawyer I always refer people that are looking for bankruptcy information to. He is open, honest, and friendly and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Miriam | April 26, 2016
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Alan Kolber will get the job done!
Alan Kolber helped me when I went bankrupt.he helped me get back on my feet. He was there for me all through the process. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Nalini | January 6, 2014
Great attorney
When I entered Allen's office for the first time, I was very nervous. I find attorneys to be abrupt....not judging all just my experience. Immediately after meeting Allen, I realized that he was different. So easy to talk to that I was able to discuss my situation openly. The end results was he did the very best he could for me and I was extremely happy with the results. Even though the process was tiresome, the experience was not. Kudos to Mr. Kolber and his team for really making the process easy for me.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Allen A. Kolber, Esq.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Litigation and Appeals for Underwriters at Lloyds of London
  • Abrams & Martin, P.C., 120 Wall Street, NYC
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Queens County District Attorney
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Supervisor, Trial Bureau, Appeals Bureau
  • Queens County District Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1991
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Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • US Bank v. Szoffer, 2017 Supreme Court, Rockland County
  • Elimination of mortgage in its entirety, removal of mortgage lien from the home and award of attorney fees.
  • U.S. Bank v. Friedman, 2014 WL 1293597, 2014 NY MISC Lexis 1396
  • Case dismissed against foreclosing bank after trial for lack of standing.

Associations

  • Rockland County Bar Association, Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Section
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • U.S. Federal Tax Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Nat'l Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • The Hudson Valley Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • The Rockland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit,
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • New York Appellate Division 2nd Department
  • Member in Good Standing
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Belkin Scholar
  • Cardozo School of Law
  • N/A

Publications

  • RCBA NewsBrief
  • Bankruptcy Courts Start to Chisel Away at the Non-Dischargability of Student Loans
  • 2017
  • The Front Page
  • Foreclosure Defense 101
  • 2015
  • The Front Page
  • How Will I Know When The Bank Has Started The Foreclosure Action?
  • 2015
  • The Front Page
  • The ABC's of Obtaining a Loan Modification
  • 2015
  • The Front Page
  • What to do when you are served with a foreclosure lawsuit
  • 2014
  • The Front Page
  • Will you be Discriminated Against if your File Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • The Front Page
  • Five Largest Banks Reduce Principal Mortgages by $5.4 Billion
  • 2013
  • The Front Page
  • New Changes to Government Loan Modification Programs
  • 2013
  • RCBA NewsBrief
  • Foreclosures, Short Sales, or Bankruptcy. What Are The Options?
  • 2013
  • The Front Page
  • Protecting your Pension, 401(k), IRA and Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • 655 N.Y.S.2d 232
  • Falcon Crest Diamonds, Inc. v. Dixon
  • 1996
  • 923 FSupp 523
  • 6247 Atlas Corp. v. Marine Ins. Co.
  • 1996
  • 968 F2d 1478 (2d Cir.)
  • Ressler v. White
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Law Update on Dischargability of Student Loans
  • 2017
  • "Conducting And Defending Depositions"
  • Depositions
  • 2006
  • "Insurance Broker Negligence & Liability"
  • Insurance
  • 2004
  • "The Ability of U.S. Litigants to Compel Depositions and Evidence from London Brokers, Hague Convention"
  • Depositions and Evidence
  • 2004
  • "Lloyds of London Insurance Broker Agency & Representation"
  • Professional Liability Seminar
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked for Allen A. Kolber, Esq. for a number of years and I can attest to his professionalism and attention to detail. Allen is very open, honest, personable, and fair. It was a pleasure working for him and he remained a good friend of mine. Moreover, my husband consulted with him on occasion and I referred a number of my family and friends to his office."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Allen is extremely professional and dedicated to zealously representing his clients. He is a formidable adversary and always provides courtesy to the court and his expertise to each case."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allen Kolber is an extremely knowledgable attorney, especially when it comes to Bankruptcy and Business Law. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him. He carries himself in a professional and ethical manner and is well respected by both the bench and bar. For these reasons and more, I endorse this fine attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would like to endorse Mr. Allen Kolber for any client that has any bankruptcy (7, 11 or 13) issues or foreclosure problems. Allen is a hardworking advocate that works for and with his clients."
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Kolber without reservation. He consistently provides Avvo users with excellent advice, particularly with respect to bankruptcy and foreclosure matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allen Kolber is an excellent attorney. I am a consumer protection attorney and have many opportunities to work with Allen Kolber on the same cases representing common clients. I highly recommend him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I am honored to have worked with Allen Kolber. He is professional and works meticulously. He also has an amazing staff. Allen Kolber is patient and takes the time to communicate with his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I absolutely endorse this lawyer. Allen is a great attorney and advocates fiercely for his clients. When I was opposing counsel to him, I may have said he advocated too fiercely, but you have to respect that! I was so impressed with him that I have even sent friends and family to him on matters I could not handle. I felt secure in knowing they were in good hands!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He knows his stuff."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Allen A. Kolber, Esq. for over six years, first as adversarial attorneys on opposing sides in litigation, then as a colleague on many cases. Although I am a general practitioner specializing in real estate, family law, general business law and estate planning, I refer clients who are facing foreclosure or other financial problems to Allen Kolber, Esq. I know that he is specialist in Bankruptcy law and has been practicing bankruptcy law for over 15 years. He is not one of the many attorneys who are now first entering the field of bankruptcy law to take advantage of the current economic crisis, and are hurting their clients as a result. Mr. Kolber is very conservative and diligent, and will only file a bankruptcy case for a client if that client absolutely requires the bankruptcy to resolve his or her financial issues. Many times Mr. Kolber will recommend that a client not file for bankruptcy when it is not warranted. I know Mr. Kolber to be a highly ethical an"
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