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A person or entity need not physically prepare a bankruptcy petition for a pro se debtor in order to be a bankruptcy petition preparer, but a debtor must have paid some compensation for the “services” provided.
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May 26, 2024
Staff Attorney Jeff Leforce brought us this case back in January of 2022 . . . When is Enough, Enough? Pro Se Dismissed with Extended Prejudice (and Violates Bar)
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May 26, 2024
The Case of the Naked Client: In December of 2023 Cathy Moran brought readers this great exhortation to debtor attorneys to be very careful when completing a petition. What ISN’T there may be as important as what is there!
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May 19, 2024
Debtor Attorneys, this one is specifically for you – a very direct answer from our ethics expert on a real-world scenario regarding ghosting clients (ghosting is an adjective here, not a verb! Have a question for Ms. Ps & Qs? Click here – you may remain anonymous if you wish.
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The Fourth Circuit ruled that federal tax debts can affect one spouse's interest in such property, even if the debt isn't jointly held. They also clarified that the value of a debtor's share in this type of property isn't necessarily the fair market value of the whole property, but rather their interest in the tenancy.
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May 19, 2024
In Marshall v Johnson, 2004 WL 1953490 (7th Cir. May 3, 2024), the Seventh Circuit agreed with the holdings from the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, In re Doll, 57 F.4th 1129 (10th Cir. 2023), and In re Evans, 69 F.4th 1101 (9th Cir. 2023). Under these decisions, Chapter 13 trustees may not retain fees when the case is dismissed prior to confirmation.
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May 12, 2024
Say it isn’t so!!!!! The bankruptcy community bids farewell to Judge Brian Lynch, a devoted jurist leaving a lasting impact on Chapter 13. Known for his advocacy and leadership, Judge Lynch's retirement marks the departure of a stalwart champion of bankruptcy law reform and education, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, humor, and dedication to improving the system.
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May 12, 2024
Big news . . . Sneak peak . . . Coming in July . . . You are gonna want this article (just sayin’) Starting July 1st, Chapter 13 debtors in Federal Student Loan income-driven repayment plans will no longer need to classify their student loans separately to receive IDR credit. Credit towards forgiveness will be awarded for each month of trustee payments, regardless of payments made directly to the Department of Education.
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May 12, 2024
The 2022 Justice Department and Department of Education collaboration introduced new bankruptcy guidelines, notably easing the "undue hardship" exception for discharging student loans, marking a departure from the stringent "Brunner Test" requirements. Here the Bransons give us a look at the progress being made in discharging student loans.
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