CARES Act Financial Hardship ‘Laundry List’

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

During the free Academy webinar The CARES Act – Impacts on Chapter 13 on April 2, 2020, the panel – Judge Wm. Houston Brown (Retired), Amanda DeBerry and I – referred to the importance of detailing the reasons for modifications or suspensions to be related to financial hardship stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bankruptcy section of the CARES Act does not detail what would constitute a coronavirus related financial hardship. The statute only says: “the debtor is experiencing or has experienced a material financial hardship due, directly or . . .

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