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Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

by PretiFlaherty on

Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13...more

2016 Bankruptcy Statistics for the Western District of Wisconsin: Overall Filings Decreased 5.5%, but Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies...

by Ruder Ware on

The 2016 bankruptcy statistics tell an interesting story.  While the total number of bankruptcy cases filed in 2016 in the Western District of Wisconsin (“WDW”) fell 5.5% to its lowest level in ten years, Chapter 12 farm...more

When Construction Contracts Go Sideways in Bankruptcy

The contractor on a project files a bankruptcy case. How should the property owner and subcontractors proceed? When a party to a contract files bankruptcy, the other party’s actions are constrained by the bankruptcy code....more

It’s Not Just Actual Fraud: Intent to Hinder, Delay, or Defraud Can Be Present Even with the Best of Intentions

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code contemplates several penalties for transfers made by a debtor with an intent to “hinder, delay, or defraud” creditors. Although most situations focus on an “actual intent to defraud,” the Tenth Circuit...more

How to Eliminate IRS Tax Debt in Arizona

by John Skiba on

When it comes to IRS tax debt none of the typical debt collection rules apply. The IRS has power to take your money and lien your home without even filing a lawsuit. This is much different than the standard unsecured...more

How to Avoid Repossession in Arizona

by John Skiba on

Delinquent car loans are becoming a big problem in Arizona. There are several reasons why, however a big problem I see in my bankruptcy practice are subprime car loans that charge very high interest rates on used...more

Repo Man Pays Off Elderly Couple’s Car

by John Skiba on

Having worked with family struggling with debt problems for over 14 years I have had more than a few interactions with repo men (and women). And more often then not these interaction’s don’t end well. It was just a few...more

How do I Know If I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

by John Skiba on

Periodically the United States Trustee’s Office updates the income limits used to determine whether or not you qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Overwhelmingly people that file for bankruptcy file under chapter...more

Client Alert: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Bankrupt Debtors’ Choice to "Surrender" Real Property Waives Their Right to Contest...

Under Section 521(a)(2)(A) of the federal bankruptcy code, a debtor in a chapter 7 bankruptcy must file a statement within 30 days of the bankruptcy filing notifying the court, creditors and the trustee whether the debtor...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 6 – The Meeting of Creditors

by John Skiba on

After your bankruptcy case is filed with the Arizona bankruptcy court the clerk of the bankruptcy court will send out written notification of your bankruptcy to all of your creditors that were provided in the bankruptcy...more

Surrendering Your Property in Bankruptcy Means You Must Actually Surrender It

by Carlton Fields on

The title of this article seems self-evident. Lenders, servicers, and others active in the foreclosure arena these past few years know that it has been anything but. Borrowers surrender property in bankruptcy but,...more

When One Spouse Files for Bankruptcy, But Not the Other

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a Chapter 7, 11, or 13 case is filed, a new entity is created called the bankruptcy estate. A bankruptcy estate is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in property as of the time of...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 3 – Getting the Process Started

by John Skiba on

After a determination is made whether a chapter 7 bankruptcy or a chapter 13 bankruptcy would be better suited to solving your debt situation, it is time to get the ball rolling and start the process. You should be...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide (pt. 2)

by John Skiba on

There are different types of bankruptcy designed to help different types of debt problems. Most consumers file either a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. In this article I will walk you through the differences between a...more

How Long Is Too Long To Reopen A Bankruptcy Case?

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In a per curiam opinion that is not precedential but of interest to lenders who take mortgages as security, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided that the Debtor’s effort to reopen her bankruptcy case was too...more

New Case Poses Threat to Mortgage Servicers in Bankruptcies

by Baker Donelson on

A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit poses a serious threat to mortgage companies that service mortgages of chapter 13 debtors. Mortgage servicers should be aware of the case's implications and...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

by Wilson Elser on

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

Florida Court Rules Borrowers Who Surrender Property in Bankruptcy Can't Later Take it Back

by Baker Donelson on

Thanks to several recent United States Bankruptcy Court decisions in Florida, mortgage servicers should now expect borrowers who surrender their real property in bankruptcy to not contest foreclosure later. Since the...more

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

by Barley Snyder on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by John Skiba on

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

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

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

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