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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What You Can Learn from Dave Ramsey’s Bankruptcy

Today I attended the 2015 Bankruptcy Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee at the Dave Ramsey headquarters. In his introductory remarks this morning Dave Ramsey discussed his own bankruptcy that he filed years ago to...more

Supreme Court Holds That Orders Denying Plan Confirmation Are Not Final for Appellate Purposes

On May 4, 2015, a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015), resolved a long-standing circuit court split by holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a...more

Supreme Court Update: Harris V. Viegelahn (14-400), Tibble V. Edison International (13-550), Henderson V. United States (13-1487)...

As we approach June, the Court is attempting to clear out its docket, issuing six decisions Monday. We'll cover four short ones—all unanimous—here: Harris v. Viegelahn (14-400), holding that a debtor who converts from Chapter...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

Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition...more

Foreclosures: Beware Unexpected Violations

Field v. Bank of America, N.A. (In re Gibbs), 522 B.R. 282 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sued a mortgage lender to recover for defects in a prepetition non-judicial foreclosure sale. The lender brought a...more

Ready to file bankruptcy? That's good news, not bad.

Why would filing bankruptcy be good news, not bad?...more

Section 546(e) Protects Two Tiered Securitization Structures

What happens when a debtor, whose loan is pooled and securitized, files for bankruptcy? Are payments made to investors recoverable as fraudulent transfers or preferences? Until recently, no published court opinion...more

Watt Final Order

AIKEN, Chief Judge: Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee for certificate holders of the CWALT, Inc., alternative loan trust 2006-0A21, mortgage pass-through certificates series 2006-0A21 ("BNYM"), appeals the...more

Supreme Court Decides Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank

On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, No. 14-116, holding that a bankruptcy court’s order denying confirmation of a Chapter 13 debtor’s proposed repayment plan is not a final order and...more

Foreclosure Sales: When Is the “Deed” Done?

In re Betchan, 524 B.R. 830 (Bankr. E.D. Wash. 2015) – A mortgagee was the highest bidder at a foreclosure sale that took place shortly before the debtor filed bankruptcy. The lender requested relief from the...more

What might bankruptcy do for me? The short version.

Many people contact me to see if bankruptcy would be right for them. I find that many of them don't understand the basics of what bankruptcy might do for them, so here is the short version....more

Limited Liability Companies: Handle Bankrupt LLC Members With Care

Walro v. The Lee Group Holding Co., LLC (In re Lee), 524 B.R. 798 (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that (1) a debtor’s voting rights in a limited liability company (LLC) were...more

Can Taxes Be Eliminated in Bankruptcy?

Tax Day is on us once again. I think it is kind of funny that my calendar I use here at work actually has a preset “holiday” alert for Tax Day – probably some sort of government conspiracy. ...more

Are credit card payments killing you? Is bankruptcy a good option?

What does it mean for credit card payments to be killing you? It means ... 1. You have virtually no chance of paying off that debt in any reasonable amount of time. 2. During the time you're making payments, you don't...more

Stripping of Unsecured Second Mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in the Crosshairs

Since its 1989 opinion in Folendore v. Small Business Admin., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed debtors to completely strip off and void wholly unsecured junior liens in Chapter 7 bankruptcies under Section...more

Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part III: The Best Interests Of The Creditors Test

A. Where We Left Off - Part II of this series focused on the first element of section 1112(b)’s dismissal test: whether “cause” exists for the court to dismiss or convert the case. Once the judge determines that...more

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

Bankruptcy Beat: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A...

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies...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

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