Consumer Bankruptcy

Consumer bankruptcy is a process to reduce or eliminate personal as opposed to business debts. Consumer bankruptcies can be filed under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.  Debtors are... more +
Consumer bankruptcy is a process to reduce or eliminate personal as opposed to business debts. Consumer bankruptcies can be filed under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.  Debtors are eligible for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 depending on the nature of their debts and assets. less -
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Credit Card Debt, Christmas, and What it Can Mean for Your Bankruptcy Case

The reality of it is, as much as we try to avoid it, there is a lot of pressure during the Christmas season, particularly on parents, to buy their kids their Christmas wishes – even if it means charging up the credit card...more

Rent-Stabilization Lease A “Public Benefit” For Exemption Purposes

Faced with bankruptcy, one of the foremost thoughts on an individual debtor’s mind is whether or not, upon exiting bankruptcy, the individual will retain any property he or she possessed prior to bankruptcy. Addressing this...more

Mortgage Recording: What Happens When There Is An Extra “E”?

Weiss v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re Thibault), 518 B.R. 635 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his “strong-arm” powers on the basis that it was not properly recorded...more

Mortgage Recording Requirements: Tiny Technical Defect Strikes Again

Rogan v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Partin), 517 B.R. 770 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid mortgages on three properties using his “strong arm” powers, arguing that they were improperly recorded...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Debtor Entitled to a "Free House" Because Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint Barred by New Jersey Statute of...

Mortgage lenders should be aware of the New Jersey statute of limitations on mortgage foreclosure complaints. In In re Washington, 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4649 (Bankr. D.N.J. Nov. 5, 2014), the United States Bankruptcy Court for...more

Creditor's Willful Violation of Automatic Stay Results in Fee Award

In Snowden v. Check Into Cash of Washington Inc. (In re Snowden), 2014 DJDAR 12677, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a bankruptcy case involving the award of attorney fees....more

Recorded Documents: Who Loses When A Document Is Not Properly Indexed?

Agin v. Dookhan (In re Hultin), 516 B.R. 190 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a transfer of the debtor’s real property using his “strong arm” powers based on an argument that the deed...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

Leases: Avoid Unnecessary Headaches With Precise Drafting

Charter v. Kearney (In re Colen), 516 B.R. 618 (Bankr. D. Or. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sued the tenants’ landlord to recover payment of a fee that he contended was illegal under state law. The issue turned on...more

Possible Tax Consequences of Debt Settlement

People want to pay their debts. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 11 years of practicing law is that people generally want to pay the debts that they have incurred. People usually hire me when they simply...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Banks Beware! Parol Evidence May Not Correct Drafting Errors When Enforcing Security Agreements

Secured transactions typically include two key documents, which are often executed simultaneously: a promissory note memorializing loan and repayment terms executed by the borrower in favor of the lender and a security...more

7th Circuit Provides (No) Clarity on Compulsory Counterclaims

Federal procedure requires a defendant to plead all counterclaims that arise out of the same transaction or occurrence as the plaintiff’s claim, or his claim may be barred in a later suit. Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(a). Although the...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

BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by Bank of America regarding whether a second mortgage on an underwater property can be voided during Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both cases involve Florida homeowners who sued to...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Holds That Mortgage Was No Longer Enforceable and Borrower Was Entitled to a “Free House”

Action Item: In light of this decision, lenders should ensure that foreclosures in New Jersey are filed within six years of the date of default. Failure to file a foreclosure within six years may cause the action to be barred...more

Cure and Reinstatement of Home Mortgages in Chapter 13: Florida's Bright-Line Rule is Not So Bright

Section 1322(c)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to cure defaults and reinstate a mortgage on their principal residence "until such residence is sold at a foreclosure sale that is conducted in accordance with...more

Strong Arm Powers: Mortgage Boo-Boo Strikes Again

Kellner v First Ohio Banc & Lending, Inc. (In re Geraci), 507 B.R. 224 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2014) – A Chapter 13 trustee and the debtor sought to use the strong arm powers of a hypothetical bona fide purchaser of real...more

Top Ten Consumer Debt Myths (#8 Will Surprise You)

A while back I wrote a small e-book that went over the top ten myths I heard repeated over and over by clients coming into my office. As I continue to hear these concerns voiced by clients I thought it would be worth going...more

Applicability of USTP Guidelines to Bankruptcy Administrators

Two institutions exist to ensure that bankruptcy cases are conducted in conformity with bankruptcy laws: the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) and the Bankruptcy Administrator (BA) Program. 1 These institutions perform...more

Automatic Stay Prevents Attachment of After-Acquired Judgment Lien

On Sept. 23, 2013, in Rodriguez v. Gelman (In re Local Service), 503 B.R. 136 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2013), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado addressed an issue of first impression in that district; namely,...more

"The Estate Planner" – November/December 2014

In this issue: - The Sec. 1031 Exchange - A Powerful Estate Planning Tool - Worried About Challenges To Your Estate Plan? Make It No Contest! - Don't Underestimate The Impact Of State Estate...more

Automatic Stay: What Happens When a Case is Reopened?

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Brumfiel (In re Brumfiel), 514 B.R. 637 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – After a debtor reopened her chapter 7 bankruptcy case, a lender moved for relief from the automatic stay in order to continue with a...more

Medical Marijuana: What Happens in Bankruptcy (Not Much)

In re Arenas, 514 B.R. 887 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – The U.S. trustee sought to dismiss “for cause” a chapter 7 case filed by a marijuana grower and his wife. The debtors countered by moving to convert to a chapter 13...more

Will I Have to Go to Court During My Bankruptcy Case?

Filing for bankruptcy is a legal process and while you will likely not have a lot of interaction with the bankruptcy court during your case there are certain court hearings that you must attend and a few others, depending on...more

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