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

By Academy Staff

The concept of a “Chapter 20” has been around as long as the Bankruptcy Code. Debtor files for relief under Chapter 7 and receives a discharge. Then Debtor files a Chapter 13 to “cure and maintain” a mortgage arrearage. Perhaps because the Debtor was in default on the mortgage when the Chapter 7 was filed but Debtor needed some relief in the Chapter 7 before filing a Chapter 13 (possibly because Debtor’s unsecured debts raised debt limit issues under Section 109); maybe by receiving the Chapter 7 discharge, the Debtor is now able to . . .

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