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February 26, 2018
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The Law of Unintended Consequences

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Objections

By Lawrence R. Ahern, III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
A recent decision of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals struggles with the effect on Chapter 13 of the special protection given to “title pawn” creditors. Prompted by this decision, the purpose of this article is to analyze the case and identify some unintended consequences of the decision. This week, in Part I, Larry Ahern reviews the majority’s opinion in Title Max v. Northington. In Part II, he will discuss some consequences of the decision for Chapter 13 practice, which may not have been intended by the majority.This is one in a series of comments on statutes and decisions that have consequences beyond the contemplation of the legislators and judges involved. If you have suggestions for future comments, please send them to the author by clicking here.
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How Different Are Millennials from Their Parents and Grandparents? TransUnion Report Decodes Millennials’ Financial Health

By Julia Wisenberg, Contributing Author
A recent TransUnion report evaluated Millennials as consumers, focusing on their credit participation and performance, ability to manage debt and expenses, and financial planning trends. Ms. Wisenberg summaries this 25-page study.
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Register NOW FOR WEBINAR THIS WEDNESDAY

Title: In re Crawford – How Far Can a Court Go in Placing Conditions on Confirmation of a Plan?
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 2:00 eastern/1:00 central/12:00 mtn/11:00 pacific
Description: Mary K. Viegelahn, Trustee will moderate a discussion with Debbie Langehennig, Trustee and Todd Malaise, Debtors’ Attorney on the issue involving excess disposable income beyond the amount necessary to pay all creditors in full and how far can a court go to place conditions on confirmation of a plan, including a discussion on how other courts have ruled on this issue.
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Welcome New Judge

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Vacant Judgeship

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Big News from the Department of Education on Student Loans

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For Your Blog

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Do your clients know about this???

“Potentially the most popular one is aimed at millions of people who pay mortgage-insurance premiums on conventional, FHA and VA loans. Roughly 4.1 million owners took write-offs averaging more than $1,500 during 2015 . . . Mortgage-insurance industry officials predict that at least that many will be able claim the benefit on their 2017 tax returns — provided they learn that the deduction has been revived for the year.” [emphasis added]

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Debtors’ Prison is Back

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Discharges and the DoD: The Interplay between Bankruptcy & Security Clearances

By Emily Connor Kennedy, Esq., Boleman Law Firm, P.C. (Richmond, VA)
For those who practice in bankruptcy law, the “whole person” concept is similar to the broad “totality of the circumstances” analysis that is found throughout bankruptcy opinions.
February 19, 2018
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Discharges and the DoD: The Interplay between Bankruptcy & Security Clearances

By Emily Connor Kennedy, Esq., Boleman Law Firm, P.C. (Richmond, VA)
For those who practice in bankruptcy law, the “whole person” concept is similar to the broad “totality of the circumstances” analysis that is found throughout bankruptcy opinions.
Bill-Brown

From the Editor

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
  • Dismissal of CaseDebtor’s attorney’s failure to file timely appeal of dismissal was not excusable neglect
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Register NOW for the Academy’s Next Free Webinar

Title: In re Crawford – How Far Can a Court Go in Placing Conditions on Confirmation of a Plan?

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 2:00 eastern/1:00 central/12:00 mtn/11:00 pacific

Description: Mary K. Viegelahn, Trustee will moderate a discussion with Debbie Langehennig, Trustee and Todd Malaise, Debtors’ Attorney on the issue involving excess disposable income beyond the amount necessary to pay all creditors in full and how far can a court go to place conditions on confirmation of a plan, including a discussion on how other courts have ruled on this issue.

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Webinar Recording Now Available

The Current Loan Modification Arena

On 1/31/18 Attorney Brent Meyer moderated an excellent one-hour discussion on new and existing loan modification programs throughout the country. Experts Robert Branson and Tammy Branson updated attendees on options available to clients right now and how to navigate the loan modification application process and how to get paid! This is a moderate to advanced level webinar directed primarily to attorneys who represent debtors. Access to webinar recordings is part of your Academy subscription. Not a member? Join NOW!

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Need Help With Loan Modifications?

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tammybransonDuring The Current Loan Modification Arena webinar, the Bransons mentioned their proprietary software which makes loan modification calculations a breeze. Click here to check out how you can purchase this software. Additionally, the Bransons offer educational programs and materials to help you set up your own loan medication program. Click here for more information.

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For Your Blog

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Do Voluntary Retirement Contributions Made During a Chapter 13 Constitute Disposable Income?

By Laila Gonzalez, Freire & Gonzalez, P.A. (Miami, FL)
“There are three lines of cases regarding the Debtor’s ability to contribute to a voluntary retirement plan post-petition.”
February 12, 2018
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)
Precedent setting: Nothing requires a court to dismiss a Chapter 13 case filed by a debtor whose unsecured debts exceed the debt limits of § 109 where the excess debt derives from student loans.
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Do Voluntary Retirement Contributions Made During a Chapter 13 Constitute Disposable Income?

By Laila Gonzalez, Freire & Gonzalez, P.A. (Miami, FL)
“There are three lines of cases regarding the Debtor’s ability to contribute to a voluntary retirement plan post-petition.”
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Register NOW for the Academy’s Next Free Webinar

Title: In re Crawford – How Far Can a Court Go in Placing Conditions on Confirmation of a Plan?
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 2:00 eastern/1:00 central/12:00 mtn/11:00 pacific
Description: Mary K. Viegelahn, Trustee will moderate a discussion with Debbie Langehennig, Trustee and Todd Malaise, Debtors’ Attorney on the issue involving excess disposable income beyond the amount necessary to pay all creditors in full and how far can a court go to place conditions on confirmation of a plan, including a discussion on how other courts have ruled on this issue.
loanmodification

Webinar Recording Now Available

The Current Loan Modification Arena

On 1/31/18 Attorney Brent Meyer moderated an excellent one-hour discussion on new and existing loan modification programs throughout the country. Experts Robert Branson and Tammy Branson updated attendees on options available to clients right now and how to navigate the loan modification application process and how to get paid! This is a moderate to advanced level webinar directed primarily to attorneys who represent debtors.Access to webinar recordings is part of your Academy subscription. Not a member? Join NOW!
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Need Help With Loan Modifications?

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tammybransonDuring The Current Loan Modification Arena webinar, the Bransons mentioned their proprietary software which makes loan modification calculations a breeze. Click here to check out how you can purchase this software. Additionally, the Bransons offer educational programs and materials to help you set up your own loan medication program. Click here for more information.
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Did You Know?

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For Your Blog

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Forced Vesting – Take It. Please.

By Holly Davala, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Lauren Helbling (Cleveland, OH)
“The debtors soon realize the lienholders are never going to start the foreclosure proceedings.”Other Academy resources on vesting:

February 5, 2018
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Stay It Isn’t So! Is the Automatic Stay Eroding in the Tenth Circuit?

By Karin N. Amyx, Staff Attorney to the Trustee Carl Davis (Wichita, KS)
“Does the automatic stay require action when inaction would otherwise affect estate property?”
Holly Davala

Forced Vesting – Take It. Please.

By Holly Davala, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Lauren Helbling (Cleveland, OH)

“The debtors soon realize the lienholders are never going to start the foreclosure proceedings.”Other Academy resources on vesting:

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Register NOW for the Academy’s Next Free Webinar

Title: In re Crawford – How Far Can a Court Go in Placing Conditions on Confirmation of a Plan?
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 2:00 eastern/1:00 central/12:00 mtn/11:00 pacific
Description: Mary K. Viegelahn, Trustee will moderate a discussion with Debbie Langehennig, Trustee and Todd Malaise, Debtors’ Attorney on the issue involving excess disposable income beyond the amount necessary to pay all creditors in full and how far can a court go to place conditions on confirmation of a plan, including a discussion on how other courts have ruled on this issue.
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From the IRS

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(Many IRS items could also be used in your blog.)

How Taxpayers Across the Country Can Have their Taxes Prepared for Free

Millions get their taxes done free through two programs sponsored by the IRS. These help people with lower and moderate incomes:

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance: This program is also known as VITA. It offers free tax return preparation to eligible taxpayers who generally earn $54,000 or less.
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly: TCE is mainly for people age 60 or older, but offers service to all taxpayers. The program focuses on tax issues unique to seniors. AARP participates in the TCE program through AARP Tax-Aide.
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From the NCLC on the CFPB

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A Letter from Rich Dubois, Executive Director, NCLC

“ . . . the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional . . .”
loanmodification

Webinar Recording Now Available

The Current Loan Modification Arena

On 1/31/18 Attorney Brent Meyer moderated an excellent one-hour discussion on new and existing loan modification programs throughout the country. Experts Robert Branson and Tammy Branson updated attendees on options available to clients right now and how to navigate the loan modification application process and how to get paid! This is a moderate to advanced level webinar directed primarily to attorneys who represent debtors. Access to webinar recordings is part of your Academy subscription. Not a member? Join NOW!
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From the IRS

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Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February

Did You Know?

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For Your Blog

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Student Loan Chronicles

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Separate Classification and Unfair Discrimination – Co-obligors Debts

By Jeffrey M. Kellner, Chapter 13 Trustee (Dayton, OH)
As a Chapter 13 Trustee faced with numerous proposed plans which discriminate in the payments to non-priority unsecured claims, it does not happen often when the plan proposes to pay the unsecured claims of co-obligors less than the 100% dividend proposed to non-priority unsecured claims.
January 29, 2018
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Kellner

Separate Classification and Unfair Discrimination – Co-obligors Debts

By Jeffrey M. Kellner, Chapter 13 Trustee (Dayton, OH)
As a Chapter 13 Trustee faced with numerous proposed plans which discriminate in the payments to non-priority unsecured claims, it does not happen often when the plan proposes to pay the unsecured claims of co-obligors less than the 100% dividend proposed to non-priority unsecured claims.
webinar

Register NOW for the First Free Academy Webinar of 2018

Title: The Current Loan Modification Arena
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – 2:00 eastern/1:00 central/12:00 mtn/11:00 pacific
Description: Attorney Brent Meyer will moderate a one-hour discussion on new and existing loan modification programs. Experts Robert Branson and Tammy Branson will update attendees on options available to clients . . . and there ARE options. This is a moderate to advanced level webinar directed primarily to attorneys who represent debtors.
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Farmers in Crisis

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From the IRS

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Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February

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In Case You Missed It . . .

“Cure and Maintain” in Chapter 20? Not in Canton, You Don’t!

By Academy Staff
“Judge Kendig’s conclusion flows from a faulty premise.”
January 22, 2018
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Was It a Return?

By Morgan King, The Morgan King Company (Dublin, CA)
“The standard for determining whether a document is a return consists of a four-part analysis known as the Beard test.”
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“Cure and Maintain” in Chapter 20? Not in Canton, You Don’t!

By Academy Staff
“Judge Kendig’s conclusion flows from a faulty premise.”
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From the CFPB

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From the IRS

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Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February

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Finally, Some Good News. Well, for the Consumer Bankruptcy Industry

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FAR BEYOND Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
“While it is possible for a Chapter 13 debtor to have two bankruptcy cases at the same time, a debtor is precluded from having two reorganization bankruptcy cases at the same time.”
January 15, 2018
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
“While it is possible for a Chapter 13 debtor to have two bankruptcy cases at the same time, a debtor is precluded from having two reorganization bankruptcy cases at the same time.”
Bill-Brown

From the Editor – Automatic Stay

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
Back by popular demand, Judge Brown is at it again. This week he brings Academy subscribers three cases, all regarding the automatic stay.

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CLOSE TO HOME Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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Counterfeit Check Cashing Scheme Lands Newark Man in Jail for 6 Years

Although there was no loss, Trustee Greenberg in Fairfield, New Jersey, was directly affected by this counterfeit operation. NJ State Police requested that she make a victim’s impact statement.Do you think six years is a long enough sentence? Click here and let us know your thoughts.
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From the Supreme Court

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From the IRS EXTRA

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New Mailing Address for Forms 8809 — Faxes No Longer Accepted

All Forms 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns,filed on paper are now processed by the Internal Revenue Service Center in Ogden, Utah. These paper forms must be mailed. Faxes will not be accepted.The mailing address is:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201-0209

The IRS will only grant extensions for very specific reasons. For example, records were lost in a disaster or someone responsible for filing the company’s returns has an unavoidable absence.

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From the National Consumer Law Center

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Private IRS Collectors Waste Taxpayer Money While Squeezing Low-Income Families

Program costs three times the amount collected from financially-strapped taxpayers
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For Your Blog

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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In Case You Missed It . . .

A Primer on Drafting Adversary Complaints, Counterclaims, Cross-Claims, and Third-Party Complaints

By the Honorable Guy R. Humphrey, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Ohio
Click here for “. . . a framework for drafting complaints that will avoid unnecessary procedural motions and issues for the court and which will aid in the claimant’s obtaining the relief which is sought.”Judge Humphrey provides Academy members an excellent tool which can be found under The Toolbox tab in both the Definitions and Debtor Attorney categories.
January 8, 2018
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A Primer on Drafting Adversary Complaints, Counterclaims, Cross-Claims, and Third-Party Complaints

By the Honorable Guy R. Humphrey, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Ohio
Click here for “. . . a framework for drafting complaints that will avoid unnecessary procedural motions and issues for the court and which will aid in the claimant’s obtaining the relief which is sought.”Judge Humphrey provides Academy members an excellent tool which can be found under The Toolbox tab in both the Definitions and Debtor Attorney categories.
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Why Can’t I Get My Chapter 13 Plan Confirmed? (Or Simple Keys on How I Can Satisfy the Trustee So I Can Get Paid)

By Scott G. Stout, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Jeffrey M. Kellner (Dayton, OH)
Attorney Stout describes three easy ways to pave the way for plan confirmation and, hopefully, get paid along the way.
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In the Tech Department

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Credit Check Shake-Up

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For Your Blog

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Student Loan Chronicles

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport
“ . . . an opinion is going to involve some juicy facts when this is the first sentence: “This Motion to Expunge an attorneys’ fee lien asserted by the debtors’ former attorney involves an important tool in the judicial toolbox for addressing the dilemma of counsel who incompetently represent debtors who have a meritorious case.”
January 1, 2018
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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport
“ . . . an opinion is going to involve some juicy facts when this is the first sentence: “This Motion to Expunge an attorneys’ fee lien asserted by the debtors’ former attorney involves an important tool in the judicial toolbox for addressing the dilemma of counsel who incompetently represent debtors who have a meritorious case.”
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Sorry Folks, There is No “Riding Through” This Town!

By Academy Staff

“ . . . Faced with these equally undesirable alternatives, clever attorneys came up with a fourth option – the ‘ride through’. This alternative, not found anywhere in the Code, could be used where Debtor was not in default under the loan agreement.”

This is one you definitely want to read!

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CFPB Releases Report on State of Credit Card Market

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Click here for highlights
Click here for entire report
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Regarding the Supreme Court

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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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For Your Blog

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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  • How to Get Away with Bankruptcy Fraud – Los Angeles is the nation’s hub for bankruptcy crime. Scammers prey on struggling homeowners with little fear of getting caught, because criminal enforcement of bankruptcy laws is rare.
December 25, 2017
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On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Academy, we are pleased to bring you a special Holiday poem by one of our very favorite Trustees . . .

T’WAS AN UGLY SWEATER
By Marie Ann Greenber

There once was a sweater;
It wasn’t that nice.
Nobody would wear it;
Not even the mice.

The sweaters were knit by hand with great care.
They’re ugly still.
Wear them; I dare!

The children were puzzled and scratching their heads.
Dad’s wearing that? They yelled with great dread.

And moms going to let him?
and I’m yelling NO!
Theirs brains must have left them.
Their heads filled with snow.

Then all of a sudden there was a loud sound.
We jumped from our seats and looked all around.

It came from the chimney.
We were ready to flee.
Then down came a girl;
And her name was Aly.

Her sweater was hideous.
Her plan insidious.
She seemed quite rogue –
Perhaps a subscription to Vogue?

She swapped every present and filled every stocking with sweaters so ugly –
A sight oh so shocking.

Put them on and let’s see. She said with great glee.
The ugly sweater is all the rage.
Even Beyoncé wears one on stage.

Who’s is the best? Who wins this contest?
They all shouted ME.
Mine is ugly! You see.

So year after year we all gather here.
To show off our sweater and see who’s is better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

richard parker

In Case You Missed It . . .

Not Born in the USA? The Perils of Bankruptcy Filings by Undocumented Persons

By Richard J. Parker, Parker, Butte & Lane, P.C. (Portland, OR)
An excellent article exploring answers to can and should an undocumented person file for bankruptcy protection in America??
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From The . . . Well . . . I’m Not Sure Where This is Coming From but Possible Freeze Could Affect Trustee Compensation

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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December 18, 2017
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Not Born in the USA? The Perils of Bankruptcy Filings by Undocumented Persons

By Richard J. Parker, Parker, Butte & Lane, P.C. (Portland, OR)
An excellent article exploring answers to can and should an undocumented person file for bankruptcy protection in America.
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Fond Adieu to Beloved Trustee

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Bankruptcy Court Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Clause for Claims Inextricably Bound Up with Bankruptcy Process

By Julia Wisenberg, Contributing Author
The Academy is pleased to have a new third year law student contributing author. Look for more great articles from Ms. Wisenberg.
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/s/, A Signature; Not a Sword

By Marie-Ann Greenberg, Esq., Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, District of New Jersey (Newark Vicinage)

“This trustee has found a growing number of attorneys who file petitions and other documents without first having an original signature. They are using the simple /s/ procedure not as a signature, but as a sword. . . .In the Eastern District of Virginia an attorney was declared a forger by the bankruptcy court for filing a bankruptcy without an actual signed petition.”

NEW THIS WEEK . . . An Unexpected Development

In response to Trustee Greenberg’s article above, we received the following comment:

The Central District of California has recently done away with the Electronic signing declaration entirely.

See LBR 9011‐1. SIGNATURES

(a) Holographic Signatures. Except as provided below, every signature on a filed document must be handwritten in ink (holographic). If the document is filed electronically then the filer must scan the signature page and insert it into the electronic (.pdf) version of the document filed with the court. Nothing in this local rule precludes the filing of a signature page that has been transmitted to the filer by facsimile or .pdf, provided that the filer promptly obtains the document bearing the signer’s original holographic signature and complies with LBR 9011‐1(d) below. Under no circumstances may a reproduction of the same holographic signature be used on multiple pages or in multiple documents. Each page that bears the signature of a person must actually have been signed by the person whose signature appears on such page.

Anybody else have an alternative signature local rule??? Click here to let us hear from you.

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From the ABA

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For Your Blog

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

December 1, 2017 Rules Changes

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN) and Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY)
burdenIn this series of articles, Beverly Burden and Larry Ahern have explained the changes to the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the means by which the amendments bring more uniformity to chapter 13 practice.Click here for Part 1 – Claims: New Bar Dates and Other RequirementsClick here for Part 2 – Objections to ClaimsClick here for Part 3 – Security, Priority & Avoidance: New Rules for “Treatment” of ClaimsClick here for Part 4 – No Math Required? Avoiding Liens Under § 522(f)Click here for Part 5 – New National and Local Plans: Common Elements and Related IssuesClick here for Summary which highlights the changes to each rule and provides a cross-reference to the articles, which give a more in-depth analysis.Click here for Unresolved Issues
December 11, 2017
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/s/, A Signature; Not a Sword

By Marie-Ann Greenberg, Esq., Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, District of New Jersey (Newark Vicinage)
“This trustee has found a growing number of attorneys who file petitions and other documents without first having an original signature. They are using the simple /s/ procedure not as a signature, but as a sword. . . . In the Eastern District of Virginia an attorney was declared a forger by the bankruptcy court for filing a bankruptcy without an actual signed petition.”
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Slavery and Bankruptcy in America

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By Professor Rafael I. Pardo, Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law, Emory Law (Atlanta, GA)

Summary/Commentary

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By Phil Lamos, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee Lauren A. Helbling (Cleveland, OH)

plamosProfessor Rafael Pardo has written an extensive and fascinating article to be published in an upcoming Vanderbilt Law Review. He has given us a sneak peek. AND Attorney Phil Lamos gives us a brief summary of the study and a present-day commentary. New this week . . .

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From the Justice Department

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December 4, 2017
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December 1, 2017 Rules Changes – Part VI

Unresolved Issues

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN) and Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY)
In this series of articles, Beverly Burden and Larry Ahern have explained the changes to the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the means by which the amendments bring more uniformity to chapter 13 practice. This final article discusses two issues that will continue to be governed by local practice, rules, and judicial rulings.Click here for Part 1 – Claims: New Bar Dates and Other Requirements
Click here for Part 2 – Objections to Claims
Click here for Part 3 – Security, Priority & Avoidance: New Rules for “Treatment” of Claims
Click here for Part 4 – No Math Required? Avoiding Liens Under § 522(f)
Click here for Part 5 – New National and Local Plans: Common Elements and Related Issues
Click here for Summary which highlights the changes to each rule and provides a cross-reference to the articles, which give a more in-depth analysis.
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From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Slavery and Bankruptcy in America

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By Professor Rafael I. Pardo, Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law, Emory Law (Atlanta, GA)

Summary/Commentary

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By Phil Lamos, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee Lauren A. Helbling (Cleveland, OH)
plamosProfessor Rafael Pardo has written an extensive and fascinating article to be published in an upcoming Vanderbilt Law Review. He has given us a sneak peek. AND Attorney Phil Lamos gives us a brief summary of the study and a present-day commentary.

Bitcoins in the News

This is What Could Pop the Bitcoin Bubble

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bitcoinSee also Academy resource: Bitcoins and Bankruptcy by Phil Lamos
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New Plans

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Please check the attached list and send us a link to your plan if it is missing.Attached is the list of Plans. (Note that many of the form links will not open in Firefox but do open in Explorer.)

From our research (so far) ELEVEN Districts will be utilizing the National Form Plan: Northern District of Illinois; Northern District of Indiana; Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; Western District of Kentucky; Western District of New York; Northern District of Ohio; District of Utah; District of Vermont, Western District of Virginia; and the District of Wyoming.

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From the Bankruptcy Courts – New Clerkship Position

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United States Bankruptcy Court Montgomery, AL
Term: 2 Years
Clerkship Type: Term Law Clerk-Chambers
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Term Start Date: Aug 22, 2018
November 27, 2017
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New Plans

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Please check the attached list and send us a link to your plan if it is missing. Attached is the most recently updated list of Plans*. (Note that many of the form links will not open in Firefox but do open in Explorer.)

From our research (so far) ELEVEN Districts will be utilizing the National Form Plan: Northern District of Illinois; Northern District of Indiana; Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; Western District of Kentucky; Western District of New York; Northern District of Ohio; District of Utah; District of Vermont, Western District of Virginia; and the District of Wyoming.

Newly added to above list: District of Vermont

*The District of Kansas Plan has been updated.

 

November 20, 2017
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ahern_larry

December 1, 2017 Rules Changes Part V

New National and Local Plans: Common Elements and Related Issues

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN) and Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY)
burdenThe Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are being amended this year in ways that will significantly affect chapter 13 trustees and practitioners. In this series, Larry Ahern and Beverly Burden will explain these changes. In this fifth part of the series, the authors discuss chapter 13 plan requirements and the elements common to all chapter 13 plans.Click here for Part 1 – Claims: New Bar Dates and Other Requirements
Click here for Part 2 – Objections to Claims
Click here for Part 3 – Security, Priority & Avoidance: New Rules for “Treatment” of Claims
Click here for Part 4 – No Math Required? Avoiding Liens Under § 522(f)
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New Plans

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Thank you to those who responded with a link to your District’s Chapter 13 Plan. Attached is the most recently updated list of Plans. Note that many of the form links will not open in Firefox but do open in Explorer. From our research (so far) TEN Districts will be utilizing the National Form Plan: Northern District of Illinois; Northern District of Indiana; Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; Western District of Kentucky; Western District of New York; Northern District of Ohio; District of Utah; Western District of Virginia; and the District of Wyoming. ***Note that the Southern District of Indiana has been omitted from last week’s list and the Western District of Virginia has been added.***

Please check the attached list and send us a link to your plan if it is missing. Thank you for your assistance.

SKEHEN

A Fond Farewell

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Beloved Albuquerque Trustee Retiring Soon

Bitcoins in the News . . . Again

Special Report: Twice Burned – How Mt. Gox’s Bitcoin Customers Could Lose Again

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bitcoinSee also Academy resource: Bitcoins and Bankruptcy by Phil Lamos
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Many Older Americans are Living a Desperate, Nomadic Life

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Click here for Nomadland at Amazon
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Student Loan Chronicles

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)

No Trustee Percentage Fee Says One Court

A Chapter 13 trustee is not permitted to retain the trustee’s percentage fee on payments made in cases where a Chapter 13 plan is not confirmed; the trustee is under a statutory obligation to return all funds, including the trustee’s percentage fee, to the debtor.

November 13, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)
A Chapter 13 trustee is not permitted to retain the trustee’s percentage fee on payments made in cases where a Chapter 13 plan is not confirmed; the trustee is under a statutory obligation to return all funds, including the trustee’s percentage fee, to the debtor.
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December 1, 2017 Rules Changes Part IV

No Math Required? Avoiding Liens Under § 522(f)

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN) and Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY)
We regret that parts of Part IV did not post properly last week. It has been reposted as a PDF. We regret any inconvenience.burdenThe Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are being amended this year in ways that will significantly affect chapter 13 trustees and practitioners. In this series, Larry Ahern and Beverly Burden will explain these changes. In part four of the series, the authors describe a nifty tool in the “national plan” that can be used as a part of any local plan or motion to calculate the amount of lien avoidance available under section 522(f).Click here for Part 1 – Claims: New Bar Dates and Other Requirements
Click here for Part 2 – Objections to Claims
Click here for Part 3 – Security, Priority & Avoidance: New Rules for “Treatment” of Claims
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New Plans

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Thank you to those who responded with a link to your District’s Chapter 13 Plan. Attached is the beginning of The Academy’s efforts to comprise an exhaustive list of Plans.

From our research (so far) TEN Districts will be utilizing the National Form Plan: Northern District of Illinois; Northern District of Indiana; Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; Western District of Kentucky; Western District of New York; Northern District of Ohio; District of Utah; Western District of Virginia; and the District of Wyoming.

Please check the attached list and send us a link to your plan if it is missing. Thank you for your assistance.

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By the Numbers

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Bankruptcy Filings Spike in October

(Great news for those of us in the consumer bankruptcy business!)Slight increase in total bankruptcy filings reflects changes from September this year and October 2016.

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From the Supreme Court

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Oral arguments heard 11/6 in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc.

Issue: Whether the safe harbor of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits avoidance of a transfer made by or to a financial institution, without regard to whether the institution has a beneficial interest in the property transferred, consistent with decisions from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 10th Circuits, but contrary to the decisions from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 11th Circuits.

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Student Loan Chronicles

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Judicial Estoppel – The Eleventh Circuit Reexamines the Standard for its Application in Bankruptcy Cases

By Kathryn Sanchez Kasper, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee M. Elaina Massey (Brunswick, GA)
“. . . This new standard may open the window for additional assets in bankruptcy cases to benefit creditors which might otherwise be lost to the estate.”
November 6, 2017
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Shout Out to the Wonderful Folks
at the Credit Education Coalition Seminar
in Columbus, Ohio

GREAT educational meeting.

The Academy connected with many old
friends and made many new ones.

Thank you for inviting us.

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Judicial Estoppel – The Eleventh Circuit Reexamines the Standard for its Application in Bankruptcy Cases

By Kathryn Sanchez Kasper, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee M. Elaina Massey (Brunswick, GA)
“. . . This new standard may open the window for additional assets in bankruptcy cases to benefit creditors which might otherwise be lost to the estate.”
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Meet the New Trustee

The ‘Women of Atlanta’ group continues to grow as Davey is appointed Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, replacing relocating Adam Goodman.
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From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Student Loan Chronicles

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October 30, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)
Where a mortgage servicer fails to provide a detailed accounting when it disputes a trustee’s notice of final cure payment and fails to provide a timely response to the notice, the failure of the mortgage servicer’s counsel to comply with the deadlines set by the court justifies an award of attorney’s fees and an order precluding the introduction of any contrary information in the bankruptcy case or any subsequent case; the mortgage servicer was precluded from introducing any evidence that the mortgage obligation was not current and would be bound by a judicial conclusion that the mortgage was current.
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Student Loans and the Elderly: How to Stop Student Loan Collectors and Social Security Garnishment

By Brett Weiss, Esq., Brett Weiss, Chung & Press, LLC (Greenbelt, MD)
“The number of Americans age 60 and older with student loan debt quadrupled between 2005 and 2015 to nearly 3 million. And the average amount they owe has nearly doubled from 12-thousand dollars to almost 24-thousand.”
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UPDATED Quick Reference Guide to 2017 Changes to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Affecting Chapter 13 Cases

By Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Back in July, The Academy first posted Trustee Burden’s Quick Reference Guide which is a summary of certain changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure effective December 1st. She has now UPDATED this ‘must have’ tool.
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New Trustee Has Need for Speed

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“Helbling was appointed subsequent to the retirement of Craig Shopneck who served the Cleveland district for fifteen years.”
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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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For Your Blog

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Taxpayers Who are Victims of Domestic Abuse Should Know Their RightsDomestic abuse often includes control over finances. An important part of managing finances is understanding one’s tax rights. Taxpayers have the right to expect the IRS to consider facts and circumstances that might affect the individual’s taxes.

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Student Loan Chronicles

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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October 23, 2017
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Reconversion Fees – To Pay or Not To Pay That Is the Question of the Day

By Marsha M. Brown, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas W. Neway (Jacksonville, FL)
“If a case has previously been a Chapter 7, and there is cause to ask it to be removed from the Chapter 13 world and go back to Chapter 7, we file a Motion to Reconvert. Recently, the Clerk informed us of a new procedure . . .”

Bankruptcy Judge Receives Award

Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath Receives Prestigious Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award
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Newly Updated Conduit List

As of November 1st, the Western District of Texas will be conduit.

We have also corrected an error reflected in the Eastern District of Tennessee. The entire state of Tennessee is conduit.

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From the CFPB

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From the Bankruptcy Courts

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
October 16, 2017
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December 1, 2017 Rules Changes – Part 2

Objections to Claims

By Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY) and Lawrence R. Ahern III,Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
ahern_larryThe Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are being amended this year in ways that will significantly affect chapter 13 trustees and practitioners. In this series, scheduled to run before the December 1 effective date, Beverly Burden and Larry Ahern will explain these changes. In this second part of the series, the authors describe the new rules related to objections to claims and related issues.Click here for Part 1 – Claims: New Bar Dates and Other Requirements
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Another New Critical Case Comment . . . Potentially a Precedent Setting Case

Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
Above-median income debtors are required to contribute to their Chapter 13 plans the amount of any voluntary 401(k) loan repayment after that loan has been satisfied; voluntary contributions to a 401(k) account would be limited to 3% of the debtor’s income.
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Southern District of Ohio New Plan

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2017 Proposed Revisions to the District Wide Mandatory Form Plan and the Confirmation Order

uscourts

From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Term Law Clerk Opening – Tacoma, WA

Application Deadline: When Filled

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Do Secured Claims Need to Be Provided for By The Plan?

By Neil Enmark, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee David P. Cusick (Sacramento, CA)
“Part 3 of the national form plan has five sections dealing with secured claims, but does not address whether all secured claims must be provided for by the plan.”
October 9, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
“As long as Chapter 13 debtors are properly allocating tax refunds, earned income credit payments and irregular expenses properly, they cannot be compelled to turn over their tax refunds to confirm their Chapter 13 plan.”
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Do Secured Claims Need to Be Provided for By The Plan?

By Neil Enmark, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee David P. Cusick (Sacramento, CA)
“Part 3 of the national form plan has five sections dealing with secured claims, but does not address whether all secured claims must be provided for by the plan.” Do we see objections on the horizon??
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From the CFPB

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CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule to Help Mortgage Servicers Communicate with Certain Borrowers at Risk of Foreclosure

(Bureau Also Seeks Comment on Separate Proposed Rule Modifying Timing Requirements for Bankruptcy Periodic Statements)
Click here for interim final rule on mortgage servicer communication flexibility
Click here for proposed rule on periodic statementsSee also: U.S. Regulator Eases Part of New Mortgage Servicing Rules
And in other CFPB matters . . .
Consumer Protection Bureau Cracks Down on Payday Lenders with Tough Nationwide Regulations
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From the UST

Chapter 7 Panel Trustee Advertisements

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Location: Eastern District of California (primarily Redding)
Application Due Date: November 3, 2017
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From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Term Law Clerk Opening – Tacoma, WA

Application Deadline: When Filled

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)

The IRS Will NOT Call You to Demand Payment

Phone calls continue to be one of the most common ways thieves try to get taxpayers to provide personal information . . . Sometimes the scammer tells the taxpayer they owe money and must pay right away OR they might say the person has a refund waiting, and then they ask for bank account information over the phone.
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Disaster Related From the IRS

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IRS Provides Tax Relief to Residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

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Webinar: Office Security

Another great resource . . . Trustees Deb Miller and Debbie Langehennig present this 42-minute training designed for the entire office, both professionals and support staff. This webinar teaches the importance of having office procedures in place for all types of breach in security such as intruders, workplace violence and receipt of suspicious packages.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

United States Trustee Challenges Practice of Filing Time-Barred Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
“ . . . the court found that the fixing of a signature to a proof of claim by a person who had no role in the preparation of that proof of claim was inconsistent with the bankruptcy rules and the instructions on the proof of claim; however, . . .”
October 2, 2017
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Two For One

In a Two for One special, Attorney Moran brings Academy readers two articles addressing mortgage servicing issues and the power of Rule 3002.1.

Mortgage Servicing Under the Microscope

The judge looked closely at the creditor’s accounting records and found the usual fright . . . then holding secured creditor in contempt of stay and confirmation order for its loan servicing blunders.

Chronicles of Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1

A homeowner should emerge from Chapter 13 knowing exactly what she owes on her mortgage; thus we have FRBP 3002.1 said Judge Hannah Blumenstiel.

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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport
Ms. Ps & Qs brings readers a doozy! In its attorney/client contract, the firm actually used the adjective “bare-bones.”Have an ethics question? Feel free to submit it by clicking here.
Bill-Brown

United States Trustee Challenges Practice of Filing Time-Barred Claims

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
“ . . . the court found that the fixing of a signature to a proof of claim by a person who had no role in the preparation of that proof of claim was inconsistent with the bankruptcy rules and the instructions on the proof of claim; however, . . .”

Big News From Equifax . . . That Has Nothing To Do With The Data Hack

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Equifax Makes Bankruptcy Change That Affects Hundreds of Thousands — For years, Equifax policy has treated some Chapter 13 filers differently than the other two credit rating agencies. Equifax now says it will change the policy.
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For Your Blog

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Webinar: Reviewing an Escrow Analysis the Second Year of Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 Trustee Debra Miller and expert Michael McCormick bring a practical outline on how to review those pesky escrow statements and what to specifically look for in the second year of bankruptcy.
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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Undisclosed Assets, Voluntary Dismissal, And Section 349 – Oh, What A Tangled Webs We Weave

By Academy Staff
“What happens when a Chapter 13 Debtor does not disclose property of the estate, the Trustee later discovers the property and seeks to administer the property for the benefit of creditors, and the Debtor voluntarily dismisses the case to prevent the Trustee from doing so?”
September 25, 2017
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December 1, 2017 Rules Changes – Part I

Claims: New Bar Dates and Other Requirements

By Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee (Lexington, KY) and Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
ahern_larryAs you know, the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are being amended this year in ways that will significantly affect chapter 13 trustees and practitioners. In this series, scheduled to run before the December 1 effective date, Beverly Burden and Larry Ahern will explain these changes individually. Part 1 of the series describes the new rules related to claims bar dates and related issues.
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Undisclosed Assets, Voluntary Dismissal, And Section 349 – Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave

By Academy Staff
“What happens when a Chapter 13 Debtor does not disclose property of the estate, the Trustee later discovers the property and seeks to administer the property for the benefit of creditors, and the Debtor voluntarily dismisses the case to prevent the Trustee from doing so?”
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Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Follow-Up

By Christina T. Parrish, Boleman Law Firm, P.C. (Richmond, VA) and Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
ahern_larryClick here for Part I
Click here for Part II
Click here for Part IIIThe Academy received a follow-up question regarding this series and we are pleased to post the Q & A:Q: What is your opinion on a subsequent loan that is cross-collateralized with a 910 loan?
A: While ‘opinion’ is a strong word, here’s the response: “The drafters of Article 9 in 2001 left the question open for courts to follow existing law, or not. See Part 1 of the series. So, if there has not been a decisive ruling in the jurisdiction since 2001, you should be free to argue either way.”
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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for a NEWLY UPDATED list of Trusteeships which primarily (or not) pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit Changes have been made to South Carolina and the Western District of Texas.

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Disaster Related

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All of Georgia Now Eligible for Disaster Tax Relief

Hurricane Irma victims in the entire state of Georgia now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments.
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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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From the CFPB

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CFPB Amends Rules to Provide Flexibility and Clarity to Certain Mortgage Lenders in Collecting Information – Bureau Also Seeks Public Comment on Proposal for Disclosure of Mortgage DataThe CFPB modified Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) regulations to provide additional flexibility for mortgage lenders in the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information. Click here for the final rule on ECOA issued 9/20/17.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . . The Academy has an excellent resource . . .

Webinar: Reviewing an Escrow Analysis the Second Year of Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 Trustee Debra Miller and expert Michael McCormick bring a practical outline on how to review those pesky escrow statements and what to specifically look for in the second year of bankruptcy.
September 18, 2017
Archives
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Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Part III

By Christina T. Parrish, Boleman Law Firm, P.C. (Richmond, VA)

“Prompted by recent bankruptcy court decisions, the purpose of this multi-part article is to review the rules under § 1325 and the UCC and help practitioners understand this arcane area.”In Part I, Larry Ahern reviewed the underlying rules governing PMSIs in consumer transactions.

In Part II, he discusses two recent cases that favored the debtor (one in a surprising way).

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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for a NEWLY UPDATED list of Trusteeships which primarily (or not) pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit Changes have been made to South Carolina and the Western District of Texas.

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Disaster Related

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Harvey’s Hit to Mortgages Could Be Four Times Worse Than Predicted—and Then There’s Irma

  • As many as 300,000 borrowers could become delinquent on their loans after Hurricane Harvey, Black Knight Financial Services says.
  • That is four times the original prediction because new disaster zones were designated and more homes flooded.
  • The sheer volume of homes hit by Hurricane Irma will likely cause an increase in mortgage delinquencies as well, though the storms are difficult to compare.
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From the UST

Trusteeship Opening

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Standing Trustee for the Southern District of New York – Manhattan, White Plains and PoughkeepsieApplication Deadline: September 22, 2017

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From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Term Law Clerk Opening – Toledo, Ohio

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Career Law Clerk Opening – Columbus, Ohio

Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
debt

Student Loan Chronicles

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caution

Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .

When Mortgage Lenders Monkey With Your Client’s Loan

By William J. Purdy, III, Simmons & Purdy (Soquel, CA) (Used with permission, originally published by BankruptcySoapbox.com 2017)
Spoiler Alert: Borrowers are an expendable resource in home loan servicing only to be exploited for fees and charges.
September 11, 2017
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hurricaneirma Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hearts go out to all those touched by this series of hurricanes – both directly or indirectly.

Disaster Related

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  • IRS Urges Taxpayers to Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods and Other Disasters
    For September’s National Preparedness Month, the IRS offers advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters reminding them that the agency is here to help, including offering a special toll-free number (866-562-5227) to taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas that’s staffed with IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.
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Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Part II

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)

In Part I, Larry Ahern reviewed the underlying rules governing PMSIs in consumer transactions.In this Part II, he will discuss two recent cases that favored the debtor (one in a surprising way).

Next week, in Part III, Christina Parrish will set up a complex fact situation and provide a roadmap for the debtor to show that a PMSI no longer exists, when a subsequent transaction operates to extinguish the PMSI, thereby allowing a “cram-down.”

doj

From the UST

Trusteeship Opening

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Standing Trustee for the Southern District of New York – Manhattan, White Plains and PoughkeepsieApplication Deadline: September 22, 2017

uscourts

From the Bankruptcy Courts

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Term Law Clerk Opening – Toledo, Ohio

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Career Law Clerk Opening – Columbus, Ohio

Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

caution

Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
ahern_larry

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .

Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Part I

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
Prompted by recent bankruptcy court decisions, this article reviews the rules under § 1325 and help practitioners understand this arcane area. This week, in Part I, Larry Ahern reviews the underlying rules governing PMSIs in consumer transactions.
September 4, 2017
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hurricaneharvey Corpus Christi, Houston, Orange, Rockport, San Antonio, Beaumont, Spring, Refugio, Clodine, Aransas Pass, Dickinson, Rosenberg, Pearland, Fulton, Katy, Alvin, Friendswood, League City, Pasadena, Seabrook, Lumberton, Webster, Port Arthur, and all the towns and cities in between, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hearts go out to all those touched by Harvey – directly or indirectly.
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From the UST

Trusteeship Opening

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Standing Trustee for the Southern District of New York – Manhattan, White Plains and PoughkeepsieApplication Deadline: September 22, 2017

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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for a list of Trusteeships which primarily (or not) pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit
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In the “Greatest Hits” Category

Quick Reference Guide to 2017 Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Affecting Chapter 13 Cases

By Beverly M. Burden Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Trustee Burden shares a jewel of a resource. This Quick Reference Guide is a summary of certain changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to be effective December 1, 2017.
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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
ahern_larry

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT . . .

Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Part I

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
Prompted by recent bankruptcy court decisions, this article reviews the rules under § 1325 and help practitioners understand this arcane area. This week, in Part I, Larry Ahern reviews the underlying rules governing PMSIs in consumer transactions.
August 28, 2017
Archives
ahern_larry

Loss of Purchase-Money Protection in 1325 Cramdowns – Part I

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
Prompted by recent bankruptcy court decisions, this article reviews the rules under § 1325 and help practitioners understand this arcane area. This week, in Part I, Larry Ahern reviews the underlying rules governing PMSIs in consumer transactions.
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From Morgan King’s Guide to Abusive Debt Collection Practice

By Morgan D. King, Esq., Dublin, CA
¶ 3.1(b) The Telephone

In Abrams v. MiraMed Revenue Grp., LLC (S.D. Ind., 2013) the debtor claimed the debt collector contacted her notwithstanding the collector knew or should have known that the debtor was represented by counsel and violated 15 U.S.C. § 1692c(a)(2).

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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for a list of Trusteeships which primarily (or not) pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit
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PLANS ANYONE?

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
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In Case You Missed It . . .

Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)
While a court is precluded from extending the time in which a creditor may file a proof of claim, a court is permitted to extend the time for a debtor or a trustee to file a proof of claim for the creditor.
August 21, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)
While a court is precluded from extending the time in which a creditor may file a proof of claim, a court is permitted to extend the time for a debtor or a trustee to file a proof of claim for the creditor.
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Heather Heyer, Charlottesville Victim, Is Recalled as ‘a Strong Woman’

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The Academy extends our deepest sympathy to our friends in the consumer bankruptcy community at Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, VA, where Ms. Heyer was a paralegal.

Click here for follow-up Washington Post article

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From the Courts

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Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy (page 29-53), and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts, and the Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings for the United States District Courts
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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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There’s Always a Car

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From the IRS

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
purdy-bill
In Case You Missed It . . .

When Mortgage Lenders Monkey With Your Client’s Loan

By William J. Purdy, III, Simmons & Purdy (Soquel, CA) (Used with permission, originally published by BankruptcySoapbox.com 2017)
Spoiler Alert: Borrowers are an expendable resource in home loan servicing only to be exploited for fees and charges.
August 14, 2017
Archives
purdy-bill

When Mortgage Lenders Monkey With Your Client’s Loan

By William J. Purdy, III, Simmons & Purdy (Soquel, CA) (Used with permission, originally published by BankruptcySoapbox.com 2017)
Spoiler Alert: Borrowers are an expendable resource in home loan servicing only to be exploited for fees and charges.
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
Bankruptcy courts have the discretion to permit debtors to cure deficiencies in their Chapter 13 plans even if in doing so, the Chapter 13 plan exceeds 60 months from the date of first payment.
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From the Courts – Position Announcement

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Clerk of Court Roanoke, VA
Application Deadline: August 18, 2017
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From the UST – Trusteeship Opening

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Standing Trustee for the District of New Mexico – Albuquerque
Application Deadline: August 18, 2017
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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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Millennials Find Gold . . . Well Sort Of

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For Your Blog

(Not password protected – this category offers suggestions for trustee or debtor attorneys’ blogs)
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In Case You Missed It . . .

Replacement Value or Foreclosure Value – Does Use of Collateral Matter?

By Holly Davala, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Craig Shopneck
“This case involved a Chapter 11 plan. However, debtors can use this case involving Chapter 13 plans when using the cram down provision under §506(a) and argue the secured value of collateral should be based on the proposed use in the plan.”

This case may also be of interest to creditors.

August 7, 2017
Archives
Holly Davala

Replacement Value or Foreclosure Value – Does Use of Collateral Matter?

By Holly Davala, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Craig Shopneck
“This case involved a Chapter 11 plan. However, debtors can use this case involving Chapter 13 plans when using the cram down provision under §506(a) and argue the secured value of collateral should be based on the proposed use in the plan.”

This case may also be of interest to creditors.

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Can a Chapter 13 Debtor Have Standing to Pursue Avoidance Actions? A Path May Remain Open for Debtor’s Counsel

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
“What if the debtor wants to avoid a transfer and does not believe his or her concerns are being adequately addressed by the trustee? Can the debtor pursue an avoidance action?”
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From the Courts – Position Announcement

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Clerk of Court Roanoke, VA
Application Deadline: August 18, 2017
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From the UST – Trusteeship Opening

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Standing Trustee for the District of New Mexico – Albuquerque
Application Deadline: August 18, 2017
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Take a Look at This

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Ever heard of the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act?

“. . . the McKinney-Vento Act also ensures homeless children transportation to and from school free of charge, allowing children to attend their school of origin (last school enrolled or the school they attended when they first became homeless) regardless of what district the family resides in.”

It appears that this provision could apply to families who have recently been forced to move due to foreclosure.

Subtitle B: Education for Homeless Children and Youth – States that it is the policy of the Congress that State educational agencies shall assure that homeless children have access to free public education, by revising residency requirements as appropriate.”

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On the CFPB

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CFPB Warns Companies Against Tricking Consumers Into Expensive Pay-By-Phone Fees

Bureau Concerned About Companies Misleading Consumers About Pay-By-Phone Fees, Keeping Them in the Dark About Much Cheaper Options
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From the IRS

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Tips to Keep in Mind for Taxpayers Traveling for Charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes.
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New Plans Anyone?

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Quick Reference Guide to 2017 Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Affecting Chapter 13 Cases

By Beverly M. Burden Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Check this out . . . Trustee Burden shares a jewel of a resource. This Quick Reference Guide is a summary of certain changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to be effective December 1, 2017.
July 31, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee
“Section 522(f) is effective immediately to treat as unsecured a judgment lien held by a creditor, but the full effect of that lien release is not available until the Chapter 13 case completes.”
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Quick Reference Guide to 2017 Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Affecting Chapter 13 Cases

By Beverly M. Burden Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Check this out . . . Trustee Burden shares a jewel of a resource. This Quick Reference Guide is a summary of certain changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to be effective December 1, 2017.
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Cold Case: Bankruptcy Reopened More Than 80 Years Later

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By the Numbers

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From the IRS

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Conduit Trusteeships – NEW REVISIONS as of 7/20/17

Click here here for the recently updated list of Trusteeships which are (and are not) primarily pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit The Northern District of Texas is now conduit.
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A popular link worth repeating . . .

Uber, Lyft Take Down Not Just Cab Drivers, But Also Lenders

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“Many of them now owe more on their medallion loans than they originally paid for the medallions because they used their equity in the medallion for a home, a child’s education or other expenses.”

Are you seeing this in your region? Tell us about it.

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Student Loan Chronicles

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In Case You Missed It . . .

What’s in a Name? Determining the “Correct” Name for Non-UCC Filings Securing Bankruptcy Claims

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, Tennessee)
A recent case reminds us that courts continue to wrestle with the “correct” name in which filings should be made to perfect liens on personal property.
July 17, 2017
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Shout Out to All NACTT Attendees and Speakers

A very special thank you to our esteemed guests Professors Yochum, Dowling, and
Porter. A great educational opportunity but additionally a lot of fun!!! Example left – Mike Meyers, Lon Jenkins, Rick Yarnall & our very own Naliko.

Make plans NOW to attend NACTT 2018 in Miami, Florida – note the early date: JUNE 27-30.

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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
Information gleaned from questions included on a debtor’s counsel’s questionnaire for a potential client can be protected by the attorney-client privilege and not subject to discovery by an opposing party.
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From the IRS

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Members of the Armed Forces Get Special Tax Benefits

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits. Special rules could lower the tax they owe or give them more time to file and pay taxes. In addition, some types of military pay are tax-free.
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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for the recently updated list of Trusteeships which are (and are not) primarily pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit
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In Case You Missed It . . .

What Is ‘Under the Plan’ Anyway?

By Maggie Reidy, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Henry E. Hildebrand, III (Nashville, TN)
. . . Court considered whether the debtors were eligible for a Chapter 13 discharge despite their failure to remain current on their postpetition mortgage payments. . .
July 10, 2017
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Take Note: Tools for Annotating PDF Seminar Materials

By Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky
As many of us will be attending the NACTT annual seminar next week in Seattle, a timely article.

Taking notes during seminar presentations is not as easy as jotting something in the margin or highlighting a case on a paper handout, unless you learn the tools available to annotate PDF handouts.

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What Is ‘Under the Plan’ Anyway?

By Maggie Reidy, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Henry E. Hildebrand, III (Nashville, TN)
. . . Court considered whether the debtors were eligible for a Chapter 13 discharge despite their failure to remain current on their postpetition mortgage payments. . .
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Conduit Trusteeships

Click here for the recently updated list of Trusteeships which are (and are not) primarily pay mortgage payments through the trustee’s office – i.e. Conduit
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The Wisdom of Finance

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Student Loan Chronicles

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For Your Blog

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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In Case You Missed It . . .

Henson v. Santander Consumer USA

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
What’s left for debtors and trustees to say to a repo man under the FDCPA?
July 3, 2017
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Henson v. Santander Consumer USA

By Lawrence R. Ahern III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
What’s left for debtors and trustees to say to a repo man under the FDCPA?
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Income Driven Repayment Plans in Chapter 13

By Ed Boltz, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt (Durham, NC)
“After fears of discharge through a Confirmation Order, the second greatest concern of the Department of Education appears to be that this plan is a devious attempt to trick student loan servicers into violating the automatic stay.”

ABI Commission on Chapter 13 Invites Participation

ABI has announced the formation of a Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy. Click here for a list of topics to be examined by the Commission. ABI has also extended an invitation to participate in a Public Meeting to be held July 15 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM during the 2017 NACTT Annual Seminar at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington.

To request a time for a public statement or to submit a written statement, email the Commission at ConsumerCommission@abiworld.org.

Click here for Notice to Participate

Click here to register for the conference.

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CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP
Thank you to everyone we heard from – Please re-check new draft

Conduit or Not

Attached is an UPDATED chart showing which trustees are and are not conduit trusteeships. Please review the attached list and send The Academy any corrections. Thank you for your assistance.
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From the Supreme Court

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From the Courts

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Student Loan Chronicles

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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport

Welcome back Ms. Ps & Qs . . . she brings us a doozy!

You know you’re about to read an in-depth sanctions opinion when it begins like this: Frustration and disappointment.
June 26, 2017
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When Things Don’t Go According to the Plan

The Shifting Sands of Res Judicata in the Fourth Circuit Part 2 of 2

By Mark C. Leffler and Emily Connor Kennedy
emily-connor-kennedy“Recently, debt collectors have had reasons to celebrate.”Click here for Part 1
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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport
Welcome back Ms. Ps & Qs . . . she brings us a doozy!You know you’re about to read an in-depth sanctions opinion when it begins like this: Frustration and disappointment.
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By the Numbers

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June 19, 2017
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When Things Don’t Go According to the Plan

The Shifting Sands of Res Judicata in the Fourth Circuit Part 1 of 2

By Mark C. Leffler and Emily Connor Kennedy
fortIn our reoccurring topic “When things Don’t Go According to the Plan,” attorneys Mark Leffler and Emily Connor Kennedy bring us Part 1 of a 2 part article . . .“. . . This expansive language sent shock waves through Chapter 13 practice in the Fourth Circuit. The holding appeared to bar not just the affirmative claims for damages under Rule 7001(1) but any “statutory objection” after confirmation. . . .”
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Claims in Chapter 13 Revisited: What’s a creditor to do? What’s a debtor (or trustee) to watch for? Part 2 of 2

By Lawrence R. Ahern, III, Brown & Ahern, Nashville, Tennessee
Last month, the Academy presented a discussion by Marsha M. Brown, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas W. Neway, entitled “Withdrawal of Timely Filed Claims…What’s a Trustee to Do?” Now, in two more parts, we back up to ask some related questions.In Part 2, we ask: Why would a debtor or trustee object? Then, to bring the discussion full circle, why would the creditor not want to file a claim or want to withdraw a previously-filed claim? Finally, how is a claim withdrawn?Click here for Part 1 of 2 – Part 1: Why would a creditor file a claim and how? We also will consider how the debtor or trustee would object.
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For Your Blog

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Either may be a good topic for your blog or other social media communications:

June 12, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
A confirmed Chapter 13 plan can substitute for a filed proof of claim and can bind the trustee to making distributions in accordance with that plan when the order recognizes a claim as “allowed.”“ . . . The rules will change on December 1, 2017, specifically recognizing that both secured and unsecured creditors must file proofs of claim in order to ensure that they hold an allowed claim. . . .”
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Claims in Chapter 13 Revisited: What’s a creditor to do? What’s a debtor (or trustee) to watch for? Part 1 of 2

By Lawrence R. Ahern, III, Brown & Ahern, Nashville, Tennessee
Last month, the Academy presented a discussion by Marsha M. Brown, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas W. Neway, entitled “Withdrawal of Timely Filed Claims…What’s a Trustee to Do?” Now, in two more parts, we back up to ask some related questions.Here, in Part 1, we ask: Why would a creditor file a claim and how? We also will consider how the debtor or trustee would object.In Part 2, we will ask: Why would a debtor or trustee object? Then, to bring the discussion full circle, why would the creditor not want to file a claim or want to withdraw a previously-filed claim? Finally, how is a claim withdrawn?
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Proofs of Claim, Res Judicata, and a Good Night’s Sleep

By Cathy Moran, Esq. Moran Law Group, Mountain View, CA
“One of the things that keeps me troubled at night is the preclusive effect of a filed proof of claim.”See Also:Speaking of sleepless nights, if you ever think you’re having a bad day as an attorney – imagine getting the phone call about this little slip up!:GM Creditors’ $1 Billion Fight Hangs on Fixture Definition – Lawyer Filed Wrong Form in 2008, Leading to $1 Billion Dispute
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Follow-Up on Credit Scores

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From the Courts

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Historic Changes on the Bankruptcy Bench in Alabama Check out article beginning on page 13 . . . specifically page 19 . . .
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Passing of Judge

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There’s Always a Car

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June 5, 2017
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Breaking Down the Flaws in the Arguments Against Interest to Unsecured Creditors Under § 1325(b)

By Ken Siomos, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee John H. Germeraad (Springfield, IL)
“While recognizing the apparent absurdity of the debate, it must be acknowledged that there is a legitimate question of how the structuring of the phrase impacts its meaning within § 1325.”
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Student Loan Chronicles EXTRA

Income Driven Repayment Plans in Chapter 13

By Ed Boltz, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt (Durham, NC)
“After fears of discharge through a Confirmation Order, the second greatest concern of the Department of Education appears to be that this plan is a devious attempt to trick student loan servicers into violating the automatic stay.”
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Recovery of Credit Scores

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There’s Gotta Be a Law . . .

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May 29, 2017
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The ACA and Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy: A Disruption in the Force Part 1

By Cathleen Cooper Moran, Moran Law Group, Mountain View, CA

In this well-written piece, Attorney Moran speaks to non-bankruptcy professionals while also providing the Academy with a tangible resource on the intersection of bankruptcy and divorce.

“The intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law can be liberating or disruptive, depending on the timing of a bankruptcy filing and the goals of your client. There are an almost infinite number of combinations of timing and facts when these two areas of law collide . . .”

Click here for Part II

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Brief Bank Additions

  • Peake v. Ayobami – Appellant’s brief seeking reversal of Bankruptcy Court decision regarding misapplication of Form 106C.
  • Peake v. Ayobami – Reply brief
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From the IRS

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A note to all taxpayers – Taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax return. Beginning in 2017, taxpayers using a software product may need their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount from their prior-year tax return to verify their identity.

What to Do When an IRS Letter Arrives in the Mail

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From the Courts

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Jasper County Judge Moving to Federal Bench

 

A Jasper County judge has been appointed to the bench in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
May 22, 2017
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From the Editor – Co-Debtor Stay and Standing

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Judge Brown brings two cases to our attention this week – one on co-debtor stay and one on standing:

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Brief Bank

  • Peake v. Ayobami – Appellant’s brief seeking reversal of Bankruptcy Court decision regarding misapplication of Form 106C.
  • Peake v. Ayobami – Reply brief
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Mortgage Matters Feature

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For Your Blog

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For Your Blog contains articles, particularly debtor attorneys, might want to use as filler content for website or blog.

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Student Loan Chronicles Supplement

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H.R.2366 – Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy Act of 2017On 5/4/17 Rep. John Delaney of Maryland cosponsored a short but sweet bill, which if enacted, will do just what the title says.Click here for the text of the bill

May 15, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
“Where the debtors’ proof of loss to an insurance company significantly exceeds the amounts and list of property included on the debtors’ Chapter 13 petition, it was appropriate to cancel the entire insurance policy.”
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In a continuation of the theme above in which cheaters never win . . .

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Family Farmers

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Student Loan Chronicles

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May 8, 2017
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Withdrawal of Timely Filed Claims…What’s a Trustee to Do?

By Marsha M. Brown, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Douglas W. Neway (Jacksonville, FL)
“What happens when a creditor files a timely, allowed claim, the Trustee commences disbursement on the claim, but the creditor has a change of heart and subsequently withdraws its claim?!?”
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New Rule Changes

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Finally, the changes are final: EC-1497. A communication from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, transmitting, pursuant to law, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (rules begin on page 4) that have been adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary. Page S2773From Lexology: New Bankruptcy Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2017
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Interesting New Study

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Surveying the Law of EmojisWhile not specific to bankruptcy, this paper is forward looking regarding an issue we will no doubt see in the future even in bankruptcy cases – emojis of all things!
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Meet the New Trustee

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By Academy Staff
On October 1, 2016, Robert S. Thomas, II, was appointed as the Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 Standing Trustee for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division with offices in Townson.
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The ACA and Bankruptcy

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May 1, 2017
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To Participate or Not, That Is the Question – Dealing With Pro-Per Bankruptcy Filers: When Should The Chapter 13 Trustee Participate In An Appeal Even If The Outcome Is A Foregone Conclusion

By Leo G. Spanos, Staff Attorney to Martha G. Bronitsky, Chapter 13 Trustee (Oakland Division, CA)
Although the facts of the case (not to mention Spanos’ portrayal of same) are somewhat humorous, Attorney Spanos brings a great reminder that even the most ludicrous case demands professional attention.
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Based on Limited Jurisdiction, the Second Circuit Limits Claims of Tronox Mass Tort Victims to a Trust

By Lawrence R. Ahern, III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, TN)
Although a business case, “Its decision is a primer on bankruptcy jurisdiction at the circuit level, . . .”
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Student Loan Chronicles

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April 24, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
It is appropriate for the court to extend the scope of the automatic stay to protect wholly owned, nondebtor business entities controlled by the debtor to assist the debtor’s Chapter 13 reorganization by halting the “alter ego” litigation against them.
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Snappy Answers to Questionable Arguments

By John P. Gustafson, Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division of Ohio (Toledo)
“Chapter 13 Staff Attorney or Trustee: Your Honor, the trustee moves to deny confirmation based upon the Debtor’s failing to put all of her disposable income into the Plan.”We are pleased to have a short piece from an Academy favorite author, Judge Gustafson. Additionally, just for fun, take a glimpse at another side of Judge Gustafson:Bankruptcy and Naturalization – Two Uniform National Laws With a Fresh Start
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Loan Modification Struggle Continues After Acceptance

By William J. “Bill” Purdy, III, Law Office of Simmons & Purdy (Soquel, CA)
“For all of you who stressed, strained, fretted, wheedled, worried, fought, kicked, and even gouged to finally wrest a loan modification from the lender/servicer that controls your client’s home loan, I have a message.The fight may not be over.”Although originally written directed to consumers, this piece is a must-read for all attorneys/staff who work with loan modifications. (Used with permission, originally published by BankruptcySoapbox.com 2017)
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Supreme Court Corner

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Student Loan Chronicles

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From the United States Courts

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From the Archives

Can a Private Employer Make a Hiring Decision Based on an Applicant’s Bankruptcy?

By Holly Davala, Staff Attorney for Chapter 13 Trustee Craig Shopneck
“So the question to ask is, does the phrase ‘discriminate with respect to employment’ include hiring .decisions?”
April 17, 2017
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Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy of All Time (And Four Honorable Mentions) Part IV of IV

By M. Jonathan Hayes, Simon Resnik Hayes, LLP (Sherman Oaks, CA)
“We have a rich history in bankruptcy. The Supreme Court has been an important component in that development.”The conclusion of this series begins with Butner v. US and concludes with Stern v. Marshal.Click here for Part IClick here for Part IIClick here for Part III
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Meet the New Trustee

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Due to the retirement of Jack LaBarge, the Eastern District of Missouri has a new Trustee. Meet Diana Daugherty.

April 10, 2017
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Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy of All Time (And Four Honorable Mentions) Part III of IV

By M. Jonathan Hayes, Simon Resnik Hayes, LLP (Sherman Oaks, CA)
“We have a rich history in bankruptcy. The Supreme Court has been an important component in that development.”Part three of this four-part series looks at the next six cases in Attorney Hayes article beginning with Shapiro v. Wilgus.Click here for Part IClick here for Part II
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Meet the New Trustee

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Sabrina McKinney, Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery)

McKinney is not your typical trustee. In half of her life she is in suits complete with hose and heels and in the other half she is in jeans, t-shirts, and cowgirl boots – and not the cute shiny ones – the ones complete with a little manure!
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Basic Tax Tips for the Sharing Economy

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Vocabulary Phrase of the Week“Sharing Economy” what the heck is that?Although the IRS notice doesn’t say so, the Sharing Economy is Airbnb, Uber, Uber Eats, Lyft, Etsy, and Rentcharlie to name a few.Google defines Sharing Economy as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.Now you know.
April 3, 2017
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Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy of All Time (And Four Honorable Mentions) Part II of IV

By M. Jonathan Hayes

“We have a rich history in bankruptcy. The Supreme Court has been an important component in that development.”

Part two of this four-part series looks at Dean v. Davis, Chicago Board of Trade v. Johnson, and Cunningham v. Brown.

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

This is the first of what we expect will become a regular series of comments on statutes and decisions that have consequences beyond the contemplation of the legislators and judges involved.

If you have suggestions for future comments, please send them to the author at LAhern@BrownAhern.com.

Dead Debtors and Other Consequences of Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. in Consumer Cases

By Lawrence R. Ahern, III, Brown & Ahern (Nashville, Tennessee)

“The Supreme Court has now clarified the boundaries of this shortcut to reorganization . . .”

See also:

No Easy Answers for the Supreme Court: Jevic Pits the Bankruptcy Code Against the Law of Unintended Consequences

 

March 27, 2017
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Top Ten Supreme Court Cases on Bankruptcy of All Time (And Four Honorable Mentions) Part I of IV

By M. Jonathan Hayes

“We have a rich history in bankruptcy. The Supreme Court has been an important component in that development.”

We begin this four-part series by looking at the common themes which naturally effervesced while looking at the cases; along with an examination of Sturges v. Crowninshield and Hanover Nat. Bank v. Moyses.

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‘No Money Down’ Bankruptcy

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Take a look at this new empirical study by Professors Pamela Foohey, Robert M. Lawless, Katherine M. Porter and Deborah Thorne

“This Article exposes the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of debtors paying nothing in attorneys’ fees to file chapter 13.”

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From Our Friends at Credit Slips

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Bankruptcy Fees in the Trump Budget

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The Avoidance of Pre-Bankruptcy Transactions

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A Comparative and Economic Approach
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Goldman Sachs and Fannie Mae

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It’s Tax Time

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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March 20, 2017
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Substitution of Collateral: It Don’t have to be so Difficult!

By Tony Sottile, Esq., Sottile & Barile, LLC (Cincinnati, OH)
“Like many matters we all handle in a bankruptcy context, some we enjoy and some we enjoy… well, a little less. Regardless of the position you have in this area of law – whether you are Debtors’ Counsel, Creditors’ Counsel, a Trustee or a Judge, you likely cringe a little when a Motion to Substitute Collateral comes up.”
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Trustee Appointment

The US Trustee Program has announced that Scott Lieske has been appointed as the new Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, effective May 1, 2017. Lieske replaces Mary Grossman who is resigning.

Prior to his appointment as Trustee, Mr. Lieske was the Senior Staff Attorney for Russell A. Brown, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the District of Arizona, and served in that position for 14 years. Mr. Lieske has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity University and his J.D. from Arizona State University School of Law. Prior to joining the Trustee’s office, Mr. Lieske was in private practice handling consumer bankruptcy cases for Doney and Associates. Mr. Lieske is a Master in the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and has served as Chairman of the Arizona State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Advisory Committee.

Coons, Stabenow, Rubio, Nelson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Bankruptcy Court System

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From the Courts

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U.S. Bankruptcy Courts – Judicial Business 2016Nationwide, debtors filed 805,580 bankruptcy petitions in 2016, 6% fewer than in 2015. The lowest total since 2007, which was the first full fiscal year after BAPCPA was enacted in 2005.
March 13, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Nashville, TN)

A win for creditors . . .

An above-median income Chapter 13 debtor is not permitted to take a mortgage/rent expense deduction when the debtor’s non-filing spouse is the owner of the property and the debtor has no obligation on a mortgage.

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Bankruptcy: A Disruption in the Force – Part II of II

By Cathleen Cooper Moran, Moran Law Group, Mountain View, CA

In this well-written piece, Attorney Moran speaks to non-bankruptcy professionals while also providing the Academy with a tangible resource on the intersection of bankruptcy and divorce.

“The intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law can be liberating or disruptive. . .” Part 2 picks up with a discussion of exemptions, continues into avoidance powers, and concludes with discharge issues.

Click here for Part 1

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Hank Wins One at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Attorney Profile

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Appellee’s counsel in Metro Government v. Hildebrand and Corrine is Nashville, Tennessee, attorney, Alex Koval of Rothschild & Ausbrooks, PLLC.

New this week:

State Law Applicable Solely to Bankruptcy Is Not Non-Bankruptcy Law

March 6, 2017
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A Look at Chapter 13 Exit Strategy – When the Debtor Cannot Survive a Motion to Dismiss for Non-payment

By Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly with Attorney Edward Boltz and Chapter 13 Trustee Kathy Dockery
“. . . examined whether a chapter 13 debtor who cannot defend a motion to dismiss for non-payment or modify his plan to enable completion, may otherwise strategically exit chapter 13.”
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Bankruptcy: A Disruption in the Force – Part I of II

By Cathleen Cooper Moran, Moran Law Group, Mountain View, CA

In this well-written piece, Attorney Moran speaks to non-bankruptcy professionals while also providing the Academy with a tangible resource on the intersection of bankruptcy and divorce.

“The intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law can be liberating or disruptive, depending on the timing of a bankruptcy filing and the goals of your client. There are an almost infinite number of combinations of timing and facts when these two areas of law collide . . .”

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From the Courts

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February 27, 2017
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Service by Mail on an Insured Depository Institution in an Adversary Proceeding

By Phil Lamos, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee Craig Shopneck (Cleveland, OH)
“Service by mail is a cheaper and more efficient method of service than personal service or service by publication, but it requires attention to detail.”Attorney Lamos brings Academy members another tangible resource. Whether or not you believe you are properly serving “insured depository institutions,” you need to read this article and circulate it to applicable staff members.
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Hank Wins One at the BAP (from May 2016)

And now . . .

Hot off the press: Hank Wins One at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

“This bankruptcy case raises questions of statutory interpretation, federal preemption, and equal protection. Mildred Bratt filed a Chapter 13 plan providing for 12% interest on overdue property taxes to which Metro Nashville objected, arguing that Tennessee law specifies 18% interest. The bankruptcy court decided that the state law violated the Supremacy Clause. The State of Tennessee intervened and the parties appealed. The bankruptcy appellate panel (BAP) affirmed use of the 12% interest rate on different grounds, relying instead on interpretation of federal and state statutes and declining to address the constitutional arguments. Likewise, we AFFIRM the bankruptcy court’s approval of a plan using the 12% interest rate based on the language of the statutes at issue.”

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Student Loan Chronicles

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It’s Tax Time . . . Again

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For Your Clients: Use the “Where’s My Refund?” Tool – Taxpayers can use “Where’s My Refund?” app to check the status. Find it on IRS.gov or the free IRS mobile app IRS2Go.

February 20, 2017
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Limits of Bankruptcy Court Authority: A Reminder from the Eleventh Circuit

By James Davis, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Henry E. Hildebrand, III (Nashville, TN)

How often do you hear the word “salacious” in reference to a bankruptcy case? Ohh la la!!! But, alas, the case is actually pretty esoteric.

“The Eleventh Circuit . . . recently offered a reminder of the potential inconvenience of bankruptcy courts’ limited adjudicatory powers. The allegations in the case were salacious—that a law firm hired a bankruptcy judge’s fiancé in a scheme to improperly influence court rulings. But the Eleventh Circuit did not end up expressing any view of these doings because the appeal foundered on procedural grounds.”

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From Harvard Law

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Bankruptcy and the U.S. Supreme Court
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From Our Friends at CreditSlips

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February 13, 2017
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No Forced Vesting Over Creditor’s Objection, at Least Not in Massachusetts

By Patricia M. Mayer, Esquire, Waterman & Mayer, LLP
“The District Court began its analysis of the issue by examining the plain meaning of the terms ‘surrender’ and ‘vest’ in the context of §§ 1325 and 1322.”
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Nine Factors to Consider in a “Bad Faith” Analysis

By Morgan D. King, Esq., Dublin, CA
“The Mitchell court set forth the following nonexclusive factors to be considered in determining whether to dismiss a chapter 7 case for bad faith under § 707(b)(3)(A) . . .”

Icons of the Bankruptcy World Retire

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IMG_0340John V. “Jack” LaBarge, Jr., was appointed the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee serving the Eastern District of Missouri in October of 1987. Prior to that, he had been a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee since 1971 – 46 years – WOW. Jack served two terms on the NACTT Board of Directors as an at-large Director. He also served for many years on the Peer Review Committee. Additionally, Jack has mentored multiple new trustees. Jack is a long-time member and supporter of both NACTT and The Academy. He is an institution of service to others and will be leave a gaping hole in these organizations.IMG_0315It is often said that behind every successful man is an equally successful woman. No exception here. Mary LaBarge has served the trusteeship and the consumer bankruptcy community right alongside Jack. She was on the initial Staff Symposia Committee led by Robin Weiner. This Committee developed the concept of nationwide employee training. She developed curriculum and served as facilitator for many years at the beginning of this project and helped set the standard for this valuable training. Even after her retirement from the Staff Symposia Committee she was always willing to step up and fill in any gap when needed.

Mary participated as a panelist multiple times at NACTT annual summer meetings. She developed materials and spoke to upper level trustee staff on such topics as ethics with The Honorable Barry S. Schermer. In addition, Mary served with Alice Whitten and Debbie Langehennig on an NACTT/Academy joint Educational Webinar Training Committee for three years. She participated in the development and/or delivery of at least a half dozen training webinars for which The Academy is eternally grateful.

Hallowell_MarthaNot only are we losing the LaBarges this month, but Martha K. “Marty” Hallowell, Deputy Assistant Director for Oversight, Executive Office for United States Trustees, U.S. Department of Justice left us at the end of January. When asked what is next, Ms. Hallowell responded, “play and travel.” Marty, you will be tremendously missed – thank you, Marty, for your hard work and for always being so pleasant.

In discussing future plans with each of these icons, the common theme seemed to be to NOT answer to an alarm clock!

We wish you all the best in a happy and fulfilling retirement.

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From the Florida Bar Association

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Bankruptcy Attorney Considers Pro Bono Work a Calling

Thank you Samuel Pennington for making bankruptcy attorneys look good!

February 6, 2017
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Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)
“Chapter 13 debtors do not have standing to bring an action to set aside a transfer under §§ 544, 547 or 548 because only the trustee has been given that standing; a trustee cannot be compelled to be an involuntary plaintiff to cure this defect.”
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When Estates Collide, Part Two: A Continuing Discussion of the Intersecting and Conflicting Interests of a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate When She is Also a Spendthrift Trust’s Beneficiary

By Selwyn D. Whitehead, Esq.
As promised back in January, Attorney Whitehead delivers an update including her observations of oral arguments before the California Supreme Court. The Court’s decision will be an interesting one.
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From the Courts

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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January 30, 2017
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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport

“To continue the new year off right, here’s a discussion about a question that I received:I get a telephone msg (or email or text) from a client with a legitimate legal question. How long do I, ethically, have to respond? A day, a week? What if I never respond?”

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From the Editor – Dismissal

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
January 23, 2017
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Foreclosure & Bankruptcy Filings Expected to Rise after Recent Florida Supreme Court Decision

By Anne-Marie L. Bowen, Esq. and Alexander H. Bowen
Alex photo 2017“The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled on a monumental case that will allow lenders to refile foreclosure actions that were previously involuntarily dismissed, even though the five-year statute of limitations has run on the prior default.”
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From the Editor – Appeals

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

This week, Judge Brown takes a look at 2 cases pertaining to appellate procedure:

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

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January 16, 2017
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From the Editor – Debtor’s Attorney

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)
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From Credit Slips

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From the National Consumer Law Center

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In a letter dated 1/10/17, Lauren Saunders, Associate Director of the NCLC, strongly urges readers to oppose H.R. 5 the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017Click here for Saunders’ LetterOn 1/11 the Bill passed the House

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Sanctions and Irony and Fraud, Oh My!

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From the IRS

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The IRS Newsletter entitled Who Will Prepare Your Tax Return is typical with a few exceptions:

For YOU – If you are in search of a tax preparer, two links may be of interest:

For YOUR CLIENTS

  • IRS Free File lets taxpayers who earned less than $64k prepare and e-file a return for free.
  • For those earning less than $54k, VITA offers in person help filing (although a search by the Academy did not yield very many locations – a few examples: Adrian, MI; Houston, TX; York, PA; Long Island City, NY). Enter your zip code to see if there is a location near you.
  • The Newsletter mentions help for those over age 60 through AARP; however, the website was less than helpful – you will need to call the number listed.

For YOU OR YOUR CLIENT – Problems with a tax preparer?

January 9, 2017
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From Our Friends at Epiq

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What Loan Servicers Need to Know Now about the CFPB’s New Rule

A must-read for loan servicers and those who work with loan servicers on a daily basis.

Click here for the 901-paged CFPB Amendments to the 2013 Mortgage Rules under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)

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When Estates Collide: A Discussion of the Intersecting and Conflicting Interests of a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate When She is Also a Spendthrift Trust’s Beneficiary

By Selwyn D. Whitehead, Esq., San Francisco Bay Area Bankruptcy and Tax Attorney
In this piece, Attorney Whitehead delivers an exhaustive look at cases in which the debtor’s income is derived from a spendthrift trust. This issue went before the California Supreme Court 1/4/17.
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From Our Friends at the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center

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Nice Win for Debtors on Means Test Expense Issue

Section 707(b)(2) permits a debtor to take the full National and Local Standard amounts for expenses even though the debtor’s actual expenses are less. Lynch v. Jackson, No. 16-1358 (4th Cir. Jan. 4, 2017).Click here for opinion
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CFPB Files Amicus Brief with SCOTUS

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Issue: FDCPA Case on Filing Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Out of Statute DebtMore on this issue:

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Student Loan Chronicles

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From the IRS

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What to Know About Health Coverage Information Statements You May Receive in 2017

Many individuals will receive ACA information statements from their employer or insurance coverage provider by early March/2017 about their 2016 health insurance coverage. This article tells you what to do with this form.
January 2, 2017
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Ask Ms. Ps & Qs

By Professor Nancy Rapoport

We start the year off right with an always needed dose of ethics. We know you have a small margins but what do you, as an attorney, HAVE to do for and with your clients and what can you delegate to non-legal staff? As always, Ms. Ps & Qs not only answers our questions but does so in the most entertaining of ways!

Click here for the answer

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When Estates Collide: A Discussion of the Intersecting and Conflicting Interests of a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Estate When She is Also a Spendthrift Trust’s Beneficiary

By Selwyn D. Whitehead, Esq., San Francisco Bay Area Bankruptcy and Tax Attorney
In this piece, Attorney Whitehead delivers an exhaustive look at cases in which the debtor’s income is derived from a spendthrift trust. This issue goes before the California Supreme Court this week.

Chapter 13 Debtors Engaged in Business

This 37-minute training is specifically designed for attorneys who represent Trustees. Chapter 13 Trustees Laurie Williams and Krispen Carroll, along with Staff Attorney to Kathleen Leavitt, Daniele Gueck-Townsend, outline procedures for ascertaining what is a business case, as well as, guidelines for maintaining business cases.

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From the IRS

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What to Know About Health Coverage Information Statements You May Receive in 2017

Many individuals will receive ACA information statements from their employer or insurance coverage provider by early March/2017 about their 2016 health insurance coverage. This article tells you what to do with this form.