A Lost Cure

By Ken Siomos, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee John H. Germeraad (Springfield, IL)

The Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to “cure” defaults and save their property or simply return to a no-default status on unsecured debts.1 The terms of the cure are determined under applicable non-bankruptcy law and the debtors’ contract.2 Historically, Courts have understood the cure provisions to allow debtors to put themselves in a position “as if the default had never occurred.”3 But the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts . . .

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