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In a rare burst of bankruptcy enthusiasm, the US Supreme Court in June issued two decisions on matters important to the administration of bankruptcy cases.
In re Bellingham, decided June 9, addressed a seemingly...more
The law says that retirement funds are exempt property in bankruptcy, but the Supreme Court has held that this exemption doesn’t apply to inherited IRAs. End of story? Not quite....more
The already complicated subject of how to handle Individual Retirement Accounts following the death of an IRA holder just got a little more complicated with the recent Supreme Court decision in Clark v. Rameker. The issue in...more
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
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
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker, opening up another source of recovery for creditors and Chapter 7 trustees in bankruptcy proceedings. In Clark, a Chapter 7 debtor inherited...more
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
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
Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account?
A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt.
That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more
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
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
On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Clark v. Rameker, No. 13-299, holding that funds in an individual retirement account (IRA) that a bankruptcy debtor obtained through inheritance are not "retirement...more
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
Ruth Heffron established an IRA naming her daughter, Heidi Heffron-Clark, as the sole beneficiary. Ruth died in 2001 and the account, valued at roughly $300,000, passed to Heidi. After her mother’s death, Heidi then...more
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more
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
On 24th July the UK Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in relation to the LBIE/Nortel appeal, overturning the previous Court of Appeal and first instance judgments....more
On June 11, Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed the complaint of the Trustee for the SemGroup estate seeking to avoid a novation made to Barclays pre-bankruptcy under a swap agreement....more
One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to provide for the discharge of certain debts in order to enable a debtor to obtain a "fresh start" post-bankruptcy. Notwithstanding this specific purpose, section 523 of Title 11...more
On February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much anticipated decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers, a case which pitted the claims of pensioners against those of secured creditors in...more
On February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its much-awaited decision in the Indalex case. While the central issue in Indalex was the priority of wind-up deficiencies in defined benefit pension plans...more
This analysis updates a previous memo and incorporates advice we have received from the Federal Reserve Board (“FRB”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) regarding the preparation of living wills for bank...more
The Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in Indalex Limited (Re) this morning. The ruling stemmed from an appeal of an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that had created commercial uncertainty...more
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
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
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