Consumer Bankruptcy Chapter 7

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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Lenders Seeking Loan Modification After Bankruptcy, Beware!

Lenders cannot revive a guaranty obligation discharged in bankruptcy with a subsequent modification or forbearance agreement, even with new consideration; and attempting to do so may lead to lender liability exposure....more

Imperfect!!! – Recordation Alone May Not Be Suficient To Perfect Deeds Under California Law

Once a lender records a deed of trust, isn’t that sufficient under California law to perfect the deed against a Chapter 7 trustee’s attempt to set it aside? Based on the recent bankruptcy court decision of In re Nowlin, the...more

No Trustee Left Behind – Another Bankruptcy Court Requires Colleges to Return Tuition to the Bankruptcy Estate

Another bankruptcy trustee catches another hapless college unaware. In Roach v. Skidmore College (In re Dunston), Bankr. S.D. Ga. (Jan 31, 2017), a trustee appears to win the next battle of “bankruptcy estates v. child’s...more

Mass. Bankruptcy Court: Mortgage with Incorrect Legal Description Is Avoidable by Chapter 7 Trustee

On January 4, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts found that a Chapter 7 Trustee could avoid the debtor’s mortgage and preserve it for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The opinion,...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Finds that Debtor Can Claim an Exemption in Her Home Even if She Does Not Live There

In a recent decision, the bankruptcy court for the District of Massachusetts found that a debtor who had not lived at a property for over 30 years could still claim an exemption in that property, even though her principal...more

Admission of Fraudulent Intent Is Not Conclusive Evidence of Fraudulent Intent (Sometimes)

In a previous blog post, we discussed a situation in which actual fraud could be found where the transferor had the noblest of intentions and had demonstrated no intent to defraud creditors. This week, we address a situation...more

Post-Petition Transfers: Sixth Circuit Opines on 11 U.S.C. § 542 versus § 549

The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently clarified whether a trustee could rely upon 11 U.S.C. § 542, and in the process side-step 11 U.S.C. § 549, to recover an unauthorized post-petition...more

It’s Not Just Actual Fraud: Intent to Hinder, Delay, or Defraud Can Be Present Even with the Best of Intentions

The Bankruptcy Code contemplates several penalties for transfers made by a debtor with an intent to “hinder, delay, or defraud” creditors. Although most situations focus on an “actual intent to defraud,” the Tenth Circuit...more

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Exercise of Post-Petition Right to Setoff Without Court Permission Violated Automatic Stay

On November 16, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky found that a creditor exercising its post-petition right to setoff without bankruptcy court permission had violated the automatic...more

How to Avoid Repossession in Arizona

Delinquent car loans are becoming a big problem in Arizona. There are several reasons why, however a big problem I see in my bankruptcy practice are subprime car loans that charge very high interest rates on used...more

Bankruptcy When You Are on Disability

The Social Security Administration states that there are currently nearly 9 million people receiving social security disability benefits with the average monthly being a little over $1,200 per month. I meet weekly with...more

Black Friday and Bankruptcy

It is hard to believe that the holidays are upon us once again. And love it or hate it Black Friday and become a holiday tradition for many people where they stake out their claim for the great deals of the holiday...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Debtor who Elects to “Surrender” Real Property Cannot Oppose the Lender’s Foreclosure Case

In In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit resolved a split among Florida bankruptcy judges by ruling that a debtor who elects to "surrender" real property during its bankruptcy case cannot...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – pt. 7 – The Path to a Chapter 7 Discharge

In most chapter 7 bankruptcy cases the activity in the case is front loaded. What I mean by that is prior to filing the bankruptcy case there is a lot of activity around pulling all of the necessary information and...more

How do I Know If I Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Periodically the United States Trustee’s Office updates the income limits used to determine whether or not you qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Overwhelmingly people that file for bankruptcy file under chapter...more

Don’t Transfer Assets Prior to Filing Bankruptcy

One of the issues that can cause problems in your chapter 7 bankruptcy is the transferring of assets prior to the filing of your bankruptcy case. When you file for bankruptcy you are required to disclose to the...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms That a Debtor’s Surrender in Bankruptcy Means Just That-You Must Surrender

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, — F.3d — (2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 6 – The Meeting of Creditors

After your bankruptcy case is filed with the Arizona bankruptcy court the clerk of the bankruptcy court will send out written notification of your bankruptcy to all of your creditors that were provided in the bankruptcy...more

Court Finds that Parents Convicted of Ponzi Scheme Received Value from Tuition Payments

Do parents receive something of value when they pay for their child to attend college? The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Hoffman, J.) recently considered this exact question in DeGiamcomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.,...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Surrendering Your Property in Bankruptcy Means You Must Actually Surrender It

The title of this article seems self-evident. Lenders, servicers, and others active in the foreclosure arena these past few years know that it has been anything but. Borrowers surrender property in bankruptcy but,...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Debtors Who Surrender Real Property in Bankruptcy Cannot Oppose Foreclosure

On October 4, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that chapter 7 debtors who file a statement of intention to surrender real property in bankruptcy cannot later contest a foreclosure action, and bankruptcy...more

The Trend Reverses: College Tuition Payments Shielded from Avoidance in Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Rules in Favor of University...

It is the start of a new semester, and all across the country, parents are writing tuition checks to the colleges and universities that their children attend. Colleges accept the checks on behalf of the students, the tuitions...more

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