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Bankruptcy Court Sheds Light on MA Homestead Protection of Downstream Trust Beneficiaries

Suppose the following: Title to a home is held by Trust A. The beneficiaries of Trust A are three natural persons and Trust B. Trust B holds a 25% beneficial interest in Trust A. The sole beneficiaries of Trust B are Mom...more

Supreme Court Holds Inherited IRAs Not Exempt from Bankruptcy Estate

The Bankruptcy Code permits an individual in bankruptcy to exempt from the bankrupt estate “retirement funds” in an individual retirement account (“IRA”) or certain other tax-advantaged vehicles. In a recent case, the U.S....more

Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs Available to Creditors in Bankruptcy

On June 12, 2014 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker, 13-299, ruling that inherited IRA accounts are available to creditors in bankruptcy. At issue was a Bankruptcy Code provision that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Inherited IRAs are Available to Pay Creditors

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker[1], opening up another source of recovery for creditors and Chapter 7 trustees in bankruptcy proceedings. In Clark, a Chapter 7 debtor inherited...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Inherited IRAs Are Not Exempt In Bankruptcy

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker Trustee that funds in an individual retirement account (“IRA”) inherited from someone other than the bankrupt debtor’s spouse are not...more

Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not...more

More On Inherited IRAs And Creditor Protection

Our post from yesterday discussed how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Rameker that inherited IRAs are not exempt from creditor claims in bankruptcy. Here are some more observations on that case...more

Inherited IRA Exposure To Creditors – Resolution At Last

We have written on the question whether inherited IRAs are exempt from creditors in a federal bankruptcy action. The various courts that have addressed the issue have gone in both directions....more

Delaware District Court Affirms Order Approving Gifting In Chapter 11 Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has affirmed a bankruptcy court order which approved both a sale of the debtors’ assets and the establishment of an escrow account, which essentially provides a “gift” to...more

Debtor’s Estate Set To Expand Or Contract Based On Supreme Court Ruling In Clark v. Rameker

Before the Supreme Court this term is the question of whether a beneficiary individual retirement account (an “Inherited IRA”) is exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(C) and (d)(12)2 of the...more

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Files Reorganization Plan to Exit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 4, 2013 Video-game maker Atari, Inc. has filed a reorganization plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan with the support of its...more

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities by Joel R. Glucksman on August 22, 2013 Five years after the Great Recession began, a number of cities across the country are still...more

American Airlines Nears Bankruptcy Exit, Merger

American Airlines Nears Bankruptcy Exit, Merger by Joel R. Glucksman on August 15, 2013 American Airlines parent AMR Corporation is gearing up to make its formal exit from bankruptcy proceedings, and to enter into a...more

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy?

Should Detroit Follow Central Falls’ Bankruptcy Strategy? by Joel R. Glucksman on August 6, 2013 In the wake of Detroit filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, many analysts are looking at the...more

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Endicott Interconnect Technologies Seeks Bankruptcy Protection by Joel R. Glucksman on August 2, 2013 Endicott Interconnect Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Utica, and...more

Is your IRA safe from creditors?

If a substantial portion of a person’s wealth is in one or more IRAs, protecting the assets in those accounts is critical to his or her estate plan. IRAs provide significant benefits, including tax-deferred wealth...more

Fifth Circuit Rules that Inherited IRAs Are Exempt under Code

Originally posted in the ABI Journal, Vol. XXXI, No. 5, June 2012. Editor’s Note: For additional perspective on inherited IRAs, read the May 2011 cover article and a letter to the editor published in the July/August 2011...more

Estate of Badii ex rel. Badii v. Metropolitan Hospice, Inc., C.A. No. 6192-VCP (Del. Ch. Mar. 12, 2012) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery appointed a receiver for an insolvent corporation deadlocked over how to discharge a tax lien. Defendant Metropolitan Hospice, Inc. (“MHI”), a closely held corporation,...more

Clawback–Myth Or Monster? (Or, “Clawback For Dummies”)

[Okay, we are not dummies, but this is a very tough issue to follow in its entirety for most of us.] Until recently, the term “clawback” did not mean much to estate planners and tax attorneys. Those with some knowledge...more

Wealth Management Update - March 2012

A monthly report for wealth management professionals. In This Issue: - March Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - In re Grube...more

Inherited Ira’s–Bankruptcy Protection

Last March, we discussed the bankruptcy case In re Chilton. That case held that unlike a traditional individual retirement account (IRA), an inherited IRA is not an exempt asset in bankruptcy. Our prior discussion can be...more

The Legal Monitor / BrownWinick Law Firm's Newsletter

The February edition of BrownWinick's The Legal Montior contains the following articles: Receiving a demand letter or lawsuit for the return of preferential payments to a bankrupt debtor is typically a frustrating...more

9 Key Steps to Take Before Hiring a Lawyer

This article addresses the 9 Key Steps to Take Before Hiring a Lawyer....more

6 Misconceptions About Compromising Tax Debts

This article addresses the 6 Misconceptions About Compromising Tax Debts....more

Business Owner's Indespensible Guide to Choice of Entity

This article provides the business owner with indespensible guidance on selecting the appropriate business entity....more

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