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Post date: Friday, October 21, 2016

The Official Form rollout on Dec. 1, 2015, included the handsome new Proof of Claim form, B410. The buzz was that the changes to the form were mostly cosmetic, including a larger font and a computer-friendly format. Part 3 of the Proof of Claim form provides many alternatives as to who may sign the form.

Post date: Monday, August 01, 2016

Editor's Note: In re Perl is a case that may have significant ramifications, which has drawn the following articles by Jesse Valdez, Esq., who examines why the Court reached the correct decision, and by Shannon Doyle, E


Catherine Martarella
Post date: Monday, August 01, 2016

Chapter 7 debtors who own real property need to understand their options, and the potential consequences of their choices.  In Failla v. Citibank, 542 B.R. 606 (S.D. Fla. 2015),[1] the court held that a debtor who states his or her intention to surrender under Section 521(a)(2) cannot defend a subsequent foreclosure.

Post date: Monday, August 01, 2016

In a 7-1 decision written by Justince Sotomayor, with Justice Thomas dissenting, the Supreme Court ruled that actual fraud under Section 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code does not require a false representation and is broad enough to include a fraudulent conveyance.[1]

Post date: Monday, August 01, 2016

Editor's Note: In re Perl is a case that may have significant ramifications, which has drawn the following articles by Jesse Valdez, Esq., who examines why the Court reached the correct decision, and by Shannon Doyle, Esq., who argues that the decision missed the mark.

Post date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Re: Trustee Sales in the 1st Circuit: A Reply to Attorney David G. Baker’s response to my article in the November 2015 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal[1] discussing In Re Traverse, 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir.) , cert. denied sub nom. DeGiacamo v. Traverse, 1358 S.Ct.

Post date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Means testing was introduced to the world of bankruptcy with the adoption of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). The means test is set forth in 11 U.S.C. § 707‌(b)[1] and is applied to above-median debtors in chapter 13 through 11 U.S.C. § 1325‌(b).

Post date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest hurricane in the 2012 hurricane season and the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. It was Sandy that came ashore on Oct. 29, 2012, with a vengeance and destroyed the Zairs’ home, which was located within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Post date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

On Dec. 1, 2015, the new bankruptcy forms went into effect. For creditors’ attorneys, the most notable of these forms is the proof-of-claim form. For debtors’ attorneys, the documents filed to commence the bankruptcy case are the ones that have most drastically changed.

Post date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

In recent times, proofs of claim, especially those filed by consumer lenders and debt purchasers, have come under increased scrutiny. Rule 3001 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (FRBP) has been amended twice since 2010 to define more specifically what information is required to be included with claims.

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