To Conduit, Or Not To Conduit? That Is The Question. Or Less Shakespearean: “Conduit Mortgage Case Law”

Conduit vs. Direct Mortgage Payments – The Case Law To Consider1

The requirement that debtors pay their mortgage payments to their Chapter 13 Trustee as a “conduit” has advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is the fact that the Chapter 13 Trustee’s records are readily accepted by both the court and creditors in the event of a payment dispute. This advantage provides a clear payment record for all parties, protects debtors who are making payments. The cost of paying the mortgage through the Trustee as a conduit can be a disadvantage . . .

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United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Ohio

John P. Gustafson was appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Ohio in April 2014. In his former life, he was a bankruptcy law clerk, an associate and partner in a law firm representing both debtors and creditors, a solo bankruptcy practitioner representing debtors, banks and trustees, the staff attorney to a Chapter 13 trustee, and since October 1, 2007 he has been the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division. Judge Gustafson regularly writes and speaks on a variety bankruptcy issues.

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