Taxing Questions in Bankruptcy’s New Subchapter V

With the enactment of the Small Business Reorganization Act, Chapter 11 is expected to become more accessible and economic for business debtors with debts below the limits. For bankruptcy lawyers taking their first venture into Chapter 11, knowledge of the tax issues in reorganizations becomes critical. So, I’m happy to have attorney Steven Walker of […]

Coronavirus & The Law

In the face of pandemic and economic stasis,  information is both vital and fleeting. I’m going to collect here links to sources of information  useful to consumer lawyers as I find them. As always, check the dates on the linked resources, as I fully expect change, and more change as we work our way through […]

Mortgage Matters In Times Of COVID-19

Is it 2008 again? For us in the mortgage industry, we woke up this week feeling as if during the night, we were transported back to 2008 when the mortgage industry basically collapsed. Then, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA were the exceptions. As of March 25, 2020, like everything else, the world of […]

Black Decision Sheds Light On Vesting Questions

Clouds of uncertainty have hovered over Chapter 13 debtors who find that they need to sell appreciated property before the case is over. Does appreciation occurring after filing go to creditors on the theory that the appreciation is property of the estate? Or does the vesting of property at confirmation entitle the debtor to any […]

First Principles For First Meetings

Once again, I sat in a 341 meeting where the trustee purported to deliver vital information to the assembled debtors. She had a captive audience of anxious listeners.  She had ostensible power of life and death over their financial future. They needed to know what she had to say. But as communication, it failed.  Badly.  […]

PACE Loans- New Subprime Debts

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Win Now, Wreck Later: A Tale of Bankruptcy and Mortgage Servicing

My Google Alert popped up a lovely win for a Chapter 13 homeowner , but all I could see was the train wreck that lies ahead. The bankruptcy court ruled that the confirmed (and completed) plan trumped a late-filed mortgage proof of claim. Payment of the amount provided in the plan cured the prepetition arrearage. […]