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Paying Attorney’s Fees Not Reason to File Chapter 13

Of the three most common chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 7 offers an insolvent individual the freshest of starts; yet it is not without its pitfalls. Under Chapter 7 a debtor is not permitted to pay his attorney in...more

2/19/2014 - Attorney's Fees Chapter 13 Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy

Caveat Debtor: Disgorging Inheritance in Chapter 13 Cases

A recent case out of the 9th Circuit, In re Dale, revives a controversial subject for Chapter 13 debtors: whether an inheritance received more than 180 days after commencement of the case is part of the bankruptcy estate. ...more

2/11/2014 - Chapter 13 Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Disgorgement Inheritance

Status as a Debtor not Enough to Confer Appellate Standing

“Standing” is a legal term of art that refers to a party’s ability to bring a cause of action, to intercede in one or to appeal the court’s judgment. To prove appellate standing in a bankruptcy proceeding, a party must show...more

12/26/2013 - Chapter 7 Commercial Bankruptcy Debtor-Creditor Standing Trustees

Chapter 20 in the Eleventh Circuit: Modification of Secured Claims Impermissible Without Discharge

Nearly a year ago to the day, we published a post regarding the uncertainty that bankruptcy practitioners and lenders faced when a Chapter 7 debtor received a discharge, and subsequently filed a Chapter 13 petition to strip...more

11/7/2013 - Chapter 13 Chapter 20 Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Cramdown Debtors Dischargeable Debts Lenders

Rogers Towers: New York Bankruptcy Court Clears Way for McNeal Rehearing

The long-awaited rehearing of In re McNeal has been given the green light from an unlikely source – a New York Bankruptcy Court Judge....more

8/15/2013 - Chapter 11 Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy In re McNeal Reversible Error

Rogers Towers: Dismissal for Failure to Prosecute: Debtor’s Bankruptcy Appeal Tossed for Delay by Eleventh Circuit

As creditors’ counsel, we have often faced debtors who file bankruptcy simply to delay and frustrate the collection process. A recent case out of the Eleventh Circuit typifies the no-nonsense attitude that bankruptcy and...more

8/8/2013 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Debt Collection Debtors Failure to Prosecute Student Loans

Rogers Towers: A Lesson from the Lumber Yard: Middle District of Florida Raises Particularity Requirement for Trustee Standing in...

One of the primary roles of a Chapter 7 trustee is to ensure that the bankruptcy estate is preserved prior to liquidation. It is no wonder, then, that the Trustee’s avoidance powers are well defined by the Bankruptcy Code....more

5/7/2013 - Anti-Avoidance Chapter 11 Chapter 7 Trustees

Rogers Towers: A Potential End-Around McNeal: Liens Partially Secured by Personal Property

When the time comes to collect a debt, few organizations are as accomplished as the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS showed just such guile in the case of In re Williams, a recent Chapter 7 proceeding in the Middle District...more

4/4/2013 - Chapter 7 In re McNeal IRS Personal Property Tax Liens

Roger Towers: Though not Precedent, McNeal Proves Persuasive in Southern District of Florida

Mortgage modification has long been an angst-ridden topic for consumer creditors. The issue once again rose to the forefront in May of 2012, when the Eleventh Circuit issued the unpublished opinion of In re McNeal, wherein...more

1/24/2013 - Appraisal Chapter 7 Mortgages Split of Authority Strip-Offs

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