Critical Case Comment

By Henry E. Hildebrand, III, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, TN)

Nothing requires a court to dismiss a Chapter 13 case filed by a debtor whose unsecured debts exceed the debt limits of § 109 where the excess debt derives from student loans. (Baer)
In re Pratola, 578 B.R. 414 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Dec. 27, 2017)

Case Summary

Christopher Pratola obtained an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, he obtained a graduate degree in Cinema and Television Production. In the process of obtaining these degrees, Mr. Pratola incurred student . . .

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