In re Doe, No. 03-04291-5-JRL, 2012 WL 401076, at *2 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. Feb. 7, 2012) (Leonard)

Petition filed by uncle on behalf of minor nephew in a manner that did not comply with Bankruptcy Rule 1004.1 is expunged from electronic records of bankruptcy court on motion of debtor. In 2003, Jones filed a bankruptcy petition on behalf of his minor nephew, John Doe. Chapter 13 trustee moved for appointment of a guardian ad litem pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 1004.1. The case was dismissed for failure to make payments before hearing on the motion to appoint a guardian. Eight years later, debtor moved to reopen the Chapter 13 case and to dismiss on the ground that the petition was improperly filed and the record of the bankruptcy case was creating hardship for the debtor in obtaining credit. “Given the specific facts and harm suffered in this case, the court finds expunction of the record to be the more appropriate remedy. . . . The clerk is hereby ORDERED to remove all references to the filing from the electronic record, while sustaining a hard copy of the record, including this order, in a sealed file.”

No Author Biography has been linked to this Article.

Related Articles

Copy of Hildebrand-2016
July 10, 2022
Failure of Chapter 13 debtors to satisfy post-petition property tax payments to the county, specifically required in the debtors’ Chapter 13 plan, renders the debtors ineligible for a discharge, even where the debtors proposed a loan modification to repay the mortgage creditor which had advanced the post-petition taxes. (Rodriguez) In re Villarreal, 2022 WL 1102223 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. April 12,...
Members
September 15, 2019
By Jan Hamilton, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Topeka, KS) “I do not suggest my thoughts here are anywhere close to exhaustive. . . . Of course, my thoughts may be off mark on one or more items, but the discussions need to start somewhere, so here we go…” See also: 2019 Legislation Affecting Bankruptcy Practice – Overview
Members
DeCarlo01
October 16, 2022
The facts in In re DeWitt, 2022 WL 4588320 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2022), are a bit “unusual”. Debtor filed Chapter 13 to reinstate her mortgage. The mortgage was “non-escrowed” and Debtor was required to pay property taxes directly. Surprisingly, she did not pay her property taxes. The first time, the Lender paid the property taxes but decided not to pursue...
Members
November 8, 2020
By James J. Robinson, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Alabama When do the trustee’s duties end, and who gets the money? Harris v. Viegelahn, 135 S. Ct. 1829 (2015). This opinion of the unanimous Court requires the trustee to return to the debtor undistributed plan payments—originating from wages earned postpetition—on hand at a good-faith, post-confirmation conversion rather...
Members
January 10, 2021
By Rachel Jones, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Chris Micale, Western District of Virginia (Roanoke) The events of 2020 have had a devastating impact on the very low-income population. The working poor are struggling, particularly those working in sectors such as hospitality and tourism. State and Federal funding and local programs such as food banks and community action...
emily-connor-kennedy
March 6, 2022
There are several different types of security clearances that an individual might seek as a prerequisite to employment. What each clearance requires depends on many factors, such as whether the person is a civilian or part of the armed forces, whether the clearance is for facility access only (versus access to sensitive documents), and the scope of the access in...
Members
June 27, 2021
By M. Jonathan Hayes, Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP (Los Angeles, CA) (Reprinted with permission. Originally published by the Los Angeles Daily Journal on May 20, 2021) We have been getting a lot of calls recently as you might expect from distressed small businesses. The “free” government money is starting to run out and panic is setting in. The potential client...
Members
January 10, 2021
By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired) This legislation includes several bankruptcy-related provisions, in addition to government funding and other COVID relief. Consumer bankruptcy issues are addressed in Title X of the Act, section 1001, which amends Bankruptcy Code § 541(b)’s exclusions from property of the estate, adding subsection 11 for certain coronavirus relief, defined as “recovery rebates made under...
Members
September 22, 2019
By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired) Tax foreclosure sale avoided as preference. Affirming the District and Bankruptcy Courts, at 571 B.R. 662 and 588 B.R. 394, the Third Circuit held that the Chapter 13 debtors could avoid a pre-petition tax foreclosure sale as a preferential transfer. The township held a properly noticed tax sale at public auction, which resulted...
Members
Copy of Hildebrand-2016
June 18, 2023
When a debtor fails to disclose a post-petition asset as required by Local Rule and the terms of her plan, the trustee may seek a modification of the plan notwithstanding the expiration of the applicable commitment period; the best interest of creditors test applies only at commencement of the case and not to a plan modification; a trustee’s motion to...
Members

Looking to Become a Member?

ConsiderChapter13.org offers a forum to advance continuing education of consumer bankruptcy via access to insightful articles, informative webinars, and the latest industry news. Join now to benefit from expert resources and stay informed.

Webinars

These informative sessions are led by industry experts and cover a range of consumer bankruptcy topics.

Member Articles

Written by industry experts, these articles provide in-depth analysis and practical guidance on consumer bankruptcy topics.

Industry News

The Academy is the go-to source for the latest news and analysis in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy industry.

To get started, please let us know which of these best fits your current position: