When Silence Does Not Equal Consent: Implied Consent, Espinosa, and the Chapter 13 Trustee

By Phil Lamos, Attorney Representing Chapter 13 Trustee Craig Shopneck, Cleveland, OH

Regarding Henry is a terrible movie. It’s predictable, saccharine, and it stands for the idea that the only good lawyer is one who’s had the supply of oxygen to his brain cut off for awhile. There is, however, one brief scene in the movie that’s relevant to the Chapter 13 process. Early in the movie, the evil lawyer played by Harrison Ford is disciplining his daughter, and he browbeats her with some kind of action plan. She says nothing, so he . . .

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