Do I Really Have to Tell the Trustee About Newly Acquired Assets?

It has long been a vexing question for Trustees and attorneys alike: do Debtors have to disclose assets acquired post-petition? In a lengthy and well-documented opinion, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge John Waites of South Carolina has presented his take on this issue and concluded, with some important exceptions, that they do not. The case is In re Thomas L. Boyd, Bankr. S.C., #13-02924-JW (7/17/20 opinion).

The Debtor filed his Chapter 13 case in May, 2013. In July, 2018, while still in Chapter 13, he suffered injuries from an . . .

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Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Western District of Virginia (Retired) (Charlottesville)

Herbert L. Beskin practiced consumer bankruptcy law for 25 years in Charlottesville before being appointed a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Virginia in 2003. He has been a Virginia CLE lecturer since 1993, has written articles for The Virginia Lawyer and The NACTT Academy’s website ConsiderChapter13.org, and has taught law related courses at both the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. From 1991 to 1997 he served on the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. He has co-authored two chapters of the Virginia CLE publication Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia: Chapter 7 practice in the 1st edition with Douglas Little, and Chapter 13 practice in the 2nd and 3rd editions with Judge Rebecca Connelly.  Herb retired in 2023.

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