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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Who Will Think of the Tenants: Split in Authority Regarding the Interplay Between Bankruptcy Code Sections 363(f) and 365(h)(1)(A)

A useful tool granted to trustees (and debtors-in-possession) in bankruptcy is the ability to assume or reject leases.1 The trustee can exploit this power to the estate's economic advantage, either assuming or rejecting the...more

Congress pretty much eliminated bankruptcy in 2005. Wrong!

The rumor is still going around that Congress pretty much eliminated bankruptcy with the new bankruptcy laws of 2005. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's take a look at what the truth is about bankruptcy after...more

BROKEn Promises: 3 Signs your Tenant may be Going Bankrupt

The bankruptcy of a tenant is disruptive and may be confusing to a landlord; however, arming yourself with knowledge of some warning signs of financial distress and an understanding of your basic rights will, along with your...more

Mortgage Enforcement: Dot Those “i”s and Cross Those “t”s – Or Else

A chapter 13 debtor objected to the portion of a mortgagee’s claim consisting of expenses related to foreclosure of its mortgage. She argued that since the mortgagee failed to comply with notice requirements under the...more

Property Tax Foreclosure: Tax Authority May Have to Pay for Equity in Property

A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a property tax foreclosure as a fraudulent transfer and then to recover damages from the foreclosing county. The bankruptcy court agreed that the transfer was a fraudulent conveyance, but...more

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds That Contempt Proceedings Filed Against Debtor Were Not Subject To Automatic Stay

In In re Dingley (August 6, 2014) --- B.R. ----, 9th Cir.BAP (Nev.), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel ("BAP") held that a creditor did not violate an automatic stay for maintaining a contempt proceeding against a...more

Divorce, property settlements, and bankruptcy. Oh my!

There's nothing simple about divorce and bankruptcy. We'll peel off one leaf of that very large subject and see what can happen if someone files bankruptcy after a divorce with a property settlement....more

The “B” Word – Asserting Your Claim in the Wake of a Bankruptcy Filing: Proof of Claim Basics

The word “bankruptcy” often strikes dread in the hearts of creditors. To some, when they hear that someone who owes them money has filed bankruptcy, they envision writing off the debt and never receiving a cent. However,...more

Affiliate Transfer: Fraudulent Conveyance or Unwinding Resulting Trust?

A chapter 7 trustee sought to set aside as a debtor’s transfer of her interest in property held jointly with her husband to her husband’s corporation as a constructive fraudulent conveyance. The bankruptcy court agreed that...more

Discharging the Brunner Test: Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

Twenty-seven years ago the Second Circuit was faced with a debtor who proposed to use the Bankruptcy Code to avoid her student loan debt – only five months after graduation. The Second Circuit came down harshly on Ms. Brunner...more

An Inherited IRA And Bankruptcy

In Clark v. Rameker, a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 12, 2014, the Court ruled that an inherited IRA did not constitute “retirement funds” under the Federal Bankruptcy Code and, therefore, those funds were...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut District Court Suggests Automatic Stay May Apply To Non-debtor Junior Lienholders In Foreclosure...

On July 22, 2014, the Connecticut District Court issued an opinion, Eastern Savings Bank FSB v. St. Germain, et al, 2014 WL 3687740 (D. Conn. 2014), which could impact the applicability of the automatic stay of 11 U.S.C....more

Why Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is the Only Bankruptcy Option for Some Individuals

While Chapter 11 is mainly a form of bankruptcy for business entities, individuals also have the option of filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Since Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer...more

My credit card company "wrote off" my debt. Can I stop worrying about it?

That's a common question that people ask me when they contact me to discuss bankruptcy. The short answer is "No". We'll look at why that is so in this article....more

Priority of Payouts in Bankruptcy Filing: Priority, Secured & Unsecured Debts

People often wonder how creditor payment work in bankruptcy filing, in Bakersfield, California. Debt falls into three main categories – priority, secured and unsecured debts....more

If I file for bankruptcy, will I lose everything I have?

The short answer is a resounding NO. We'll explore the longer answer in this article....more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing a Time-Barred Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding Violates the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides that debt collectors “may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” Nor may a debt collector...more

United States Bankruptcy Court Rejects Creditor’s Cost Claim Because of Defective Notice

Lenders should be aware of a recent Bankruptcy Court decision that barred a lender from obtaining certain costs when it did not comply with a notice requirement in a mortgage....more

I have more money than I can protect from creditors when I file bankruptcy. What should I do?

Congratulations! You're not one of the many people who "go through" everything they could have kept when they file a bankruptcy, so they lose a large benefit of the bankruptcy Fresh Start. You have the opposite problem. How...more

UK Government Consults on Mandatory Supply of IT Services to Insolvent Customers

The UK Government has released a long awaited consultation document proposing new controls on IT suppliers’ dealings with customers facing insolvency. To a degree this brings the termination provisions of the UK’s...more

Am I Allowed to Go on Vacation While in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

I don’t ever sugar coat the realities of a chapter 13 bankruptcy. When you sign up for a chapter 13 you are in it for the long haul. Most chapter 13 bankruptcies I deal with last 60 months. Some are as low as 36 months,...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Recent Tax Developments

The following is a summary of the most important tax developments that have occurred in the past several months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information...more

How much money can I keep in my checking account when filing bankruptcy?

I'll soon be filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. How much money can I keep in my checking account without losing it? Here's the deal. The trustee assigned to your bankruptcy gets to take your property, including money, for the...more

Federal Practice & Bankruptcy: SCOTUS on Bankruptcy: Jurisdiction and Inherited IRAs Clarified

In a rare burst of bankruptcy enthusiasm, the US Supreme Court in June issued two decisions on matters important to the administration of bankruptcy cases. In re Bellingham, decided June 9, addressed a seemingly...more

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