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Upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition, the automatic stay prohibits creditors from taking any action to collect against debtors or property of the estate during the pendency of the bankruptcy case.[1] Although in certain instances the automatic stay shields honest debtors by

The summer of 2014 brought two interesting decisions from appellate courts that impact the treatment of secured mortgages in chapter 13 plans: In re Pajian[1] and In re Matteson.[2] As the ability to cure mortgage arrears is a unique aspect of chapter 13, the

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia of a debtor’s suit against Capital One Bank alleging a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) for

By now, we are all aware of the student debt crisis this country and the lack of relief available through bankruptcy. Borrowers have an uphill battle when it comes to meeting the undue-hardship test and qualifying for a discharge of their student loans.

Four congressmen have answered “no” to the title question and introduced the Protecting All College Tuition Act of 2015 (PACT).[1] The bill simply provides: “Section 548 of title 11, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘(f) A payment of tuition by a parent to an institution of higher education (as defined

Section 109 of the Bankruptcy Code has requirements that define who may be a debtor. In consumer cases, a debtor may be ineligible for chapter 7 if he/she has significant income; more specifically, if the debtor has failed the means test set forth in § 707‌(b).

Until 1994, three options existed for the disposition of plan contributions held by the chapter 13 trustee upon conversion to chapter 7: The funds could be given to (1) the chapter 7 estate, (2) to the debtor or (3) to creditors. Since the 1994 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code revised § 348(f), the first option for the disposition of funds from a converted chapter 13 case after confirmation of the plan was resolved: The chapter 7 estate is not a recipient of the funds unless the conversion to chapter 13 was made in bad faith.

Hon. William H. Brown (ret.)

In an opinion written by Justice Thomas, the Court declined to limit its prior opinion in Dewsnup v. Timm, 502 U.S. 410 (1992), to partially underwater liens, reversing the Eleventh Circuit in two cases and holding that chapter 7 debtors cannot use § 506(d) to void wholly unsecured junior liens. The amounts owing on first mortgage liens exceeded the current market values of the debtors’ homes, leaving the junior liens with no supporting value.

Petitioner Wellness International had a long history of chasing debtor Sharif, including obtaining default judgment against him as a plaintiff in Texas, which led to discovery in aid of collection efforts. Sharif allegedly evaded answering discovery and ultimately filed a chapter 7 petition in Illinois. The debtor failed to list assets that he contended were the assets of a trust that his mother created and for which the debtor served as trustee and his sister as the beneficiary.


Sat, 04/18/2015

Consumer Mortgage Modification Mediation: A Florida Success Story