Consumer Bankruptcy Liens

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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Ninth Circuit Permits Lien-Voidance for Chapter 20 Debtors

Bankruptcy practitioners routinely advise secured creditor clients to file protective proofs of claim in bankruptcy proceedings despite those clients’ ability to ignore bankruptcy proceedings and decline filing claims without...more

Settlement Proceeds: When Does Cash Become Quasi Real Estate?

Farmer v. Citizens Nat’l Bank of Athens (In re Davis), 528 B.R. 757 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that the trustee had a superior claim to settlement proceeds arising from...more

Mistaken Date Reference in Security Agreement Costs Bank its Lien Priority

It’s a common occurrence – a mortgagor or grantor signs the security instrument a day or two in advance of the loan, or perhaps a note is re-signed a couple of days after closing to correct an error in the original note....more

US Supreme Court Decision in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett

In a 9-0 decision released on June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled, in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett, 135 S. Ct. 1995 (2015), that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding may not void a junior mortgage lien...more

"Strip, Strip Hooray!" - Supreme Court Settles Chapter 7 Lien-Stripping Debate

Twenty-three years after initially visiting the issue, the United States Supreme Court has recently settled what some would call “the single most important unresolved issue in consumer bankruptcy” - whether Chapter 7 permits...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms a Chapter 7 Debtor's Inability to Strip a Lien Against Real Property

Reaffirming its 1992 decision in Dewsnup v. Timm, on June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank of America v. Caulkett, No. 13-1421, once again ruled that a chapter 7 debtor may not void a junior lien under Bankruptcy Code...more

Bankruptcy by the Developer/Owner: Mechanics Lien Rights May Still Prevail!

The rate of bankruptcies among construction industry participants is higher than some think. The bankruptcy of a developer creates an “automatic stay” under federal law preventing almost all collection activities, including...more

Homestead Exemption Cannot be Denied on Equitable Grounds

Arizona’s homestead exemption allows a person to protect from certain creditors up to $150,000 of their equity in their residence (dwelling house, condominium, or mobile home). A.R.S. § 33-1101 et seq. This homestead equity...more

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...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

Fourth Circuit Clarifies that Bankruptcy Proceedings Need Not Defeat Your Unperfected Mechanics Lien

The statutory mechanics lien is a powerful tool for contractors and suppliers aggrieved by an owner or prime contractor who fails or refuses to pay. Before a mechanics lien may be enforced, the Code of Virginia mandates that...more

What Must a Secured Creditor Do to Get Its Due?

Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a secured creditor’s claim survives bankruptcy where the secured creditor received notice of the case and was found to have not actively participated in it. Acceptance...more

Recent Developments in Tax Related Matters

June and July, 2013 have born a number of new developments relating to tax related matters. This article is designed to provide a synopsis of those that might be of interest to PK Law readers...more

Drawing A Bright Line In The Fog: Eleventh Circuit Precedent For Challenging McNeal

As most mortgage lenders know by now, on May 11, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit issued an unpublished decision in McNeal v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC (In re McNeal) , 477 Fed. App’x 562, holding that a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off”...more

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo: Eminent Domain Needs More Than a Magic Wand to Overcome Title Defects

Oh, if it only were that easy. A city seizes “underwater” residential mortgage loans through eminent domain, waves its magic wand, says Abracadabra or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and then the mortgage lien of the prior loan holder...more

9th Circuit Allows Certain Consensual Liens to Be Avoided In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Still, the Devil Is In the Details

In 2010, a realtor in bankruptcy sought to avoid a consensual nonpurchase money lien she gave in her Mercedes Benz in exchange for a $22,000 loan because, in her words, that luxury automobile was “intrinsically ...more

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