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US Supreme Court Decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett

In a 9-0 decision released on June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled, in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett, 135 S. Ct. 1995 (2015), that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding may not void a junior mortgage lien...more

Stripping Off Junior Mortgages Now Barred in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

The Supreme Court has unanimously decided that debtors are prohibited from stripping off junior mortgage liens in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Lien stripping is where a bankruptcy court relieves a debtor of his second mortgage...more

Recent Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Holds That Underwater Mortgages in a Chapter 7 Cannot be “Stripped off"

The Issue and Background - Debtors David Caulkett and Edelmiro Toledo-Cardona (“Debtors”) each filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief with “underwater” junior mortgages held by Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank”). In other...more

4 Reasons Bankruptcy Might Be a Very Bad Idea

For some filing for bankruptcy will not only bring a lot of much needed relief it is actually a smart financial step. Bankruptcy can clear away a lot of debt and truly provide a fresh start. However there are situations where...more

SCOTUS: Debtor Entitled to Chapter 13 Conversion Leftovers

The U.S. Supreme Court has resolved a circuit split by answering the question; what happens to post-petition wages held by a Chapter 13 trustee at the time a case is converted from Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7? In a unanimous...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Out of the Money Mortgages Cannot be Stripped Off in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court held that a secured creditor in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case is protected from having its lien “stripped off” even if the collateral securing its claim is worth less than the claims asserted by a senior...more

Three Recent Supreme Court Rulings Will Impact Lenders and Investors

Three significant opinions issued by the US Supreme Court in the last few months will impact lenders and investors. Bank of America v. Caulkett - In a major win for the nation’s mortgage lenders and...more

Bankruptcy Blog Re: Debtor’s Funds When Case Is Converted From Chapter 13 To Chapter 7

The Supreme Court of the United States was recently asked whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the Chapter 13...more

Chapter 7 Debtors Cannot Strip Off Junior Liens on Underwater Home Loans, United States Supreme Court Rules

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases cannot “strip off,” or completely void, junior mortgages that—based on the value of the property and the amount of claims secured by...more

The 1099-C Issue: Potential Tax Liability in Debt Settlement and Bankruptcy

When you owe debts that you cannot pay most will look to one of two options – debt settlement or bankruptcy. What many don’t realize is that in some circumstances there is the potential for additional tax liability even if...more

Supreme Court Decides Harris v. Viegelahn

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Viegelahn, No. 14-400, holding that when a debtor in bankruptcy converts from a Chapter 13 payment plan to Chapter 7 liquidation, any of the debtor’s post-petition...more

HOA dues still pile up after filing bankruptcy. What to do?

If you own a condo and pay HOA dues, filing bankruptcy eliminates back HOA dues incurred before filing, but not those dues charged after filing. What to do?...more

I owe too much money to file bankruptcy. Wrong!

Why do some people think this is true? After all, you read about large corporations that owe many millions filing bankruptcy. Whatever the reason, it's just not true. Let's take a look as what is true...more

With my income, I'll have to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and pay all my debts. Wrong (probably)!

The truth about this is not simple. Let's take a look at it. If you make "too much" money, you might not be able to do a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the one that gets rid of your debts quickly. The usual alternative is a Chapter 13...more

Chapter 13 Debtors Choosing to Retain Residential Property and Not Claim Homestead Are Not Entitled to Wildcard Exemption

In Florida, it is well settled that a Chapter 7 debtor who does not claim or receive the benefit of the homestead exemption on his bankruptcy schedules is entitled to claim the “wildcard” exemption pursuant to Fla. Stat. §...more

Top 5 Consumer Articles in 2014!

Each year on New Year’s Eve I like to take a look back at the articles I published and which ones helped the most people. During 2014 over 85,000 people from 146 countries read the articles on my blog! It always amazes the...more

The Bankruptcy Discharge, Debt Buyers, and Credit Reporting: Recent Developments

Recent news stories by The New York Times and NPR have brought much attention to a question that many creditors likely face on a regular basis: When a debt is sold to a debt buyer prior to the debtor entering bankruptcy, what...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut District Court Affirms the Bankruptcy Court’s Dismissal of an Individual Chapter 11 Case For The...

Countless individual debtors file for bankruptcy to save their homes from foreclosure, but some of them abuse the bankruptcy court system in the process. Vega v. United States Trustee, 2014 WL 4843698 (D. Conn. 2014)...more

Do I make too much money to file bankruptcy?

The only good answer to that question is to tell you to consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney in your area. That said, we'll explore a few guidelines that could be useful....more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

How Prior Bankruptcy Filings Can Impact Your Current Bankruptcy

If you have read much at all on my bankruptcy blog you will no doubt be familiar with my mantra – “no one wants to file for bankruptcy”. And while I believe that to be true, some people find themselves in a situation where...more

Valuing a Secured Creditors Collateral: A Time Frame

Section 506(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code provides common-sense instruction that the allowed amount of a secured claim is equal to the value of the collateral securing the claim and that a claim is unsecured to the extent the...more

In re Brown: Replacement Value Applies Even When Debtor Surrenders Property

The recent Eleventh Circuit case of In re Brown, 746 F.3d 1236 (2014) held that 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(2)'s replacement value standard applies even when a Chapter 7 or 13 debtor surrenders collateral under 11 U.S.C. §...more

Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on Lien Stripping

When the Fourth Circuit handed down its opinion in the case of In re Davis, which permitted lien stripping in “Chapter 20” proceedings, the stage was set for the Eleventh Circuit to expand debtor’s ability to escape from...more

Dischargeability of Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

Title 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8) of the United States Bankruptcy Code provides that, in order to obtain a discharge of an otherwise nondischargeable student loan, an individual in bankruptcy (the “debtor”) must establish that he...more

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