IRS Trick I’d Never Seen Before

The third amended IRS claim in my client’s case added entries for an excise tax for 2015 and 2016. Excise tax?  New one on me where the debtor was a general contractor. I called the IRS agent on the POC for some hints as to what the tax was all about .  I needed to […]

Up Against The Wall(design)

Bankruptcy’s avoiding powers often turn otherwise unexceptional transfers on their heads. But who expected that an unsuspecting business would have to disgorge nine years of honestly earned payments because the customer paid with a check on his LLC? Welcome to the 9th Circuit’s decision in Walldesign. Paid with someone else’s money For nearly a decade,  […]

Jump Start Your Bankruptcy Research

The next best thing to being a fly on the wall in the judge’s chambers is having a copy of her cheat-sheet. Or maybe it’s better described as the overview and the starting point for the next bankruptcy decision. So, don’t forget about Judge Newsom (Retired) & Judge Novack’s bankruptcy research binder available on line. […]

They’re Changing the Rules On Us

Come December, the Bankruptcy Rules will change again. So, I’ve got a shout out to Chapter 13 Trustee Beverly Burden who created a great table of the changes. Her chart includes the What, When, Where, and How, but also her comments on the effect of the change. I can add nothing to her great work, […]

Cautionary Tale re Bankruptcy, Attorneys and Notice

How often has your bankruptcy client presented you with a copy of a complaint or an abstract of judgment for inclusion in their list of creditors? On the face of the pleading, you have the name and mailing address of the creditor’s lawyer. But is that good enough for a bankruptcy discharge? A recent case […]

Getting Started In Bankruptcy Law

Everyone new to bankruptcy needs a guide to this specialized legal realm. Just as you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, it’s hard to make heads or tails of bankruptcy law when it’s new to you. Jon Hayes has what you need to tell priorities from the absolute priority rule.  Exemptions from exclusions. Denial […]

Untangling The Converted Case

Conversion of a chapter 13 case to Chapter 7 usually comes amid some sort of train wreck. The debtor has defaulted on plan payments, decided to surrender the house, or even got a loan modification that allows him to keep the house. Often, there is pressure to convert the case before it is dismissed. In […]