Chapter 13 Practice in the Time of COVID-19

By Alex Schmidt, Law Clerk to the Honorable John P. Gustafson., Northern District of Ohio at Toledo

As the United States begins the process of coming to grips with COVID-19, those who work in the consumer bankruptcy world are going to have to roll with the punches thrown by a global pandemic that is already creating financial chaos throughout the country. Though specifics regarding the disease’s impact evolve by the day, one thing that is clear is that bankruptcies will be filed, potentially in large numbers. Accordingly, debtor’s attorneys, creditor’s attorneys, and trustees should . . .

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