Consumer Bankruptcy Chapter 13

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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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

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

Mortgage Modifications: Senior Loans May Become Not So Senior

Sperry Assoc. Fed. Credit Union v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n (In re White), 514 B.R. 365 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 2014) – A junior mortgagee sought to subordinate the senior mortgage loan based on an argument that modification of...more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

LLC Operating Agreement: Is A Purchase Option Enforceable Against A Bankrupt Member?

In re Denman, 513 B.R. 720 (Bankr. W.D. Tenn. 2014) – A chapter 13 debtor was a member of a limited liability company. Another member sought relief from the automatic stay in order to exercise a right to acquire the...more

How Prior Bankruptcy Filings Can Impact Your Current Bankruptcy

If you have read much at all on my bankruptcy blog you will no doubt be familiar with my mantra – “no one wants to file for bankruptcy”. And while I believe that to be true, some people find themselves in a situation where...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

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

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

Eleventh Circuit Rules Post-Confirmation Settlement Proceeds are Property of Chapter 13 Estate

A recent case out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Court”) concluded that proceeds stemming from a post-confirmation settlement agreement between a chapter 13 debtor and its mortgagor related to a violation of...more

Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on Lien Stripping

When the Fourth Circuit handed down its opinion in the case of In re Davis, which permitted lien stripping in “Chapter 20” proceedings, the stage was set for the Eleventh Circuit to expand debtor’s ability to escape from...more

Should you avoid bankruptcy?

For many people, bankruptcy is something to be avoided at (almost) all costs. Is that a good policy for you to follow? Let's take a look....more

Paying Attorney’s Fees Not Reason to File Chapter 13

Of the three most common chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 7 offers an insolvent individual the freshest of starts; yet it is not without its pitfalls. Under Chapter 7 a debtor is not permitted to pay his attorney in...more

Can I Pay Off My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case Early?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy requires that you make a monthly payment to your creditors over a three to five year period. Before we even file your chapter 13 bankruptcy case with the court I will work with you to put together your...more

Caveat Debtor: Disgorging Inheritance in Chapter 13 Cases

A recent case out of the 9th Circuit, In re Dale, revives a controversial subject for Chapter 13 debtors: whether an inheritance received more than 180 days after commencement of the case is part of the bankruptcy estate. ...more

ERISA: 6th Circuit — Failing to Disclose Disability Claim in Bankruptcy NOT Fatal to Disability Lawsuit

What happens when a long term disability claimant declares bankruptcy, and fails to list the long term disability claim in the bankruptcy estate? Is he judicially estopped from bringing the lawsuit alleging wrongful...more

Right Or Wrong, Dewsnup Is Law

A Chapter 13 debtor sought to void a federal tax lien under Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code to the extent that it exceeded the value of his assets. The Seventh Circuit joined the Tenth Circuit in holding that the U.S....more

Wait until you're sued to file bankruptcy, or file earlier?

Many people wait until they're sued by a creditor to file bankruptcy. After all, filing bankruptcy stops all creditor actions against you, including lawsuits. But if your financial life is "going South", should you wait that...more

Tax refunds and bankruptcy. Do they go together?

Now that it's the year 2014, are you expecting a refund on your taxes for 2013? If so, are you also thinking about filing bankruptcy? Let's see how that might work....more

Are School Tuition Payments Fair Game For Bankruptcy Trustees in Parents' Personal Bankruptcy?

Parents who are forced to file for personal bankruptcy may be surprised to find that school tuition payments they made for their children years earlier could become the target of recovery by an aggressive bankruptcy trustee. ...more

Protect your credit score or get out of debt through bankruptcy?

You've probably seen ads on TV boasting that your FICO credit score is included in that company's credit card statements. Is that important? Probably only to the credit card companies. Let's see why....more

I filed bankruptcy before and now I need to file again!

I filed bankruptcy before and now I need to file again. Is there a problem with that? As with many questions, the short answer to that is "it depends". The following are the two issues to consider....more

My father cosigned my car loan. What will happen if I file bankruptcy?

I needed my father to cosign my car loan for me. Now I need to file bankruptcy. Will my father need to pay off that loan? In general, your father will still be liable on that loan if it's not paid in full. After all,...more

Chapter 20 in the Eleventh Circuit: Modification of Secured Claims Impermissible Without Discharge

Nearly a year ago to the day, we published a post regarding the uncertainty that bankruptcy practitioners and lenders faced when a Chapter 7 debtor received a discharge, and subsequently filed a Chapter 13 petition to strip...more

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