From the Editor – Eligibility

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Requirement of prepetition credit counseling did not require debtor to sign certificate under penalty of perjury. A creditor moved to dismiss the Chapter 13 for the debtor’s failure to sign the statement of completion of credit counseling under penalty of perjury, but the bankruptcy court and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel found no such requirement in § 109(h)(1). The statute only requires that the debtor establish completion of the credit counseling, and the certificate of counseling was signed by a senior counselor of the agency providing the counseling, which . . .

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