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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Are you putting off contacting a bankruptcy attorney? That might cost you lots of money.

Are you thinking about bankruptcy but not doing anything about it? Are you putting off consulting with a bankruptcy attorney, hoping that things will get better? If so, you may be costing yourself a lot of money....more

Court Exclaims “Enough!” To Homeowner Who Kept Raising Wrongful Foreclosure Claims

“There are no free houses,” began the decision issued by the Court of Appeal on March 23, 2015 in Boyce v. T.D. Service Company (B255958). Examining three years of litigation in bankruptcy court, unlawful detainer court, and...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Holds that Homestead Protection is Available for Certain Home Offices

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts recently issued a decision in the case of In re Walter D. Catton, Jr. shedding light on the Massachusetts homestead statute and its application to home...more

Manufactured Home Lien: Forget Perfection, You Need To Have A Lien In The First Place

Morris v. Ark Valley Credit Union (In re Gracy), 522 B.R. 686 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a credit union’s security interest in a manufactured home by asserting his strong arm powers as a...more

Lost Mortgage Notes: Those Pesky State UCC Variations

Desmond v Raymond C. Green, Inc. (In re Harborhouse of Gloucester, LLC), 523 B.R. 749 (1st Cir. BAP 2014) – A Chapter 7 trustee objected to the proof of claim filed by a downstream assignee of a lost mortgage note. ...more

Continued Disagreement: Use of Federal Debt Collection Laws to Expand Fraudulent Transfer Look-Back Periods

In Ebner v. Kaiser (In re Kaiser), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed a bankruptcy trustee to employ the 10-year look-back period, available to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the...more

Mortgage Notes: Those Nasty Assignments!

In re Baber, 523 B.R. 156 (Bankr. E.D. Ark. 2014) – The debtors objected to a proof of claim filed on behalf of a mortgagee based on issues arising from assignment of the mortgage note by the lender that originated the...more

3 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Solve Your Debt Problem

It is the time of year when people are gearing up to get their taxes filed. Many will get a nice tax refund check and while what I am about to propose may be some of the least fun things you can do with a tax refund check,...more

Are you expecting a tax refund? It's that time again.

It's now March 1. Do you know what your tax refund is doing? Will the bankruptcy trustee take it? Read on...more

The Lien Stripping Saga Continues in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

In the latest chapter of “lien stripping,” the Honorable Judge Erik P. Kimball of the Southern District of Florida, Bankruptcy Court, recently grappled with the issue of whether a debtor can strip a completely unsecured...more

Substantive Consolidation: When Abuse Goes Too Far An LLC Will Not Shield Assets

In re Carroll, 520 B.R. 491 (Bankr. M.D. La. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to substantively consolidate the bankruptcy estates of individual chapter 7 debtors with the separate bankruptcy estate of their wholly owned...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

Land Contracts: Mortgage Priority and Other Complications

Liebzeit v. Intercity State Bank (In re Blanchard), 520 B.R. 740 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2014) – A Chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage on the debtors’ property using the “strong arm” powers of a hypothetical bona...more

Do You Have to Disclose a Personal Injury Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding?

Can a personal injury claim be barred by judicial estoppel if you fail to disclose the unliquidated claim in your personal bankruptcy proceeding? That’s the question the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide late in its...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

Lease Damage Claim: Federal or State Law – Flip A Coin?

Broadfoot v. Jamestown Mgmt. Corp. (In re Int’l BioChemical Indus., Inc.), 521 B.R. 395 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee objected to the claim of a creditor/lessor on the basis that it should be disallowed...more

Tucker Arensberg Vindicates Rights of Government Landlords In Bankruptcy Appeal

Attorneys Michael Shiner and Irving Firman obtained a successful decision on appeal confirming the right of a governmental landlord to evict tenants following rejection of leases in bankruptcy. The Housing Authority sought a...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - February 2015

In This Issue: - Minority Holders Gain Leverage Through Recent Interpretation of Trust Indenture Act - New Jersey Joins Number of States Creating Specialty Business Courts - Credit Bid Rights Bolstered in...more

Leases and Bankruptcy

WHEN THE TENANT FILES BANKRUPTCY I. Before the Bankruptcy is Filed. The Bankruptcy Code, found at 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq., creates a category of rights known as “executory contracts.” An executory contract, in...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

Banks Take A Risk In Freezing A Debtor’s Account During Chapter 7 Proceeding

Introduction - What is a bank to do when an individual depositor files a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition? Do the turnover requirements of the US Bankruptcy Code allow the bank to put a freeze on the debtor’s account, at...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

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law on College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have...

As we explained in a post yesterday, the Seventh Circuit in In re Bronk (Cirilli v. Bronk), No. 13-1123 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2015), made some new law on Wisconsin’s college savings account (Edvest) and annuity exemptions for...more

Denial of Plan Confirmation and Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank (In re Bullard), U.S., No. 14-116 (cert. granted 12/12/14). The Court's decision in this case will resolve a circuit split with regard to whether an order...more

The Seventh Circuit Interprets Wisconsin Exemption Law on College Savings Accounts and Retirement Annuities, but Did It Have...

In re Bronk (Cirilli v. Bronk), No. 13-1123 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2015), resolved a couple of “questions of first impression,” slip op. at 1, under Wisconsin’s exemption statute in a case where a bankruptcy trustee sought to...more

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