Crushing Tax Change For Injured Consumers

    Under the new tax law,  most damage awards a consumer recovers stand to go, in large part, to the IRS. So even if you are successful in vindicating your legal rights, the expenses of getting the award aren’t deductible from the gross award. The taxing authorities end up getting a large hunk of […]

Beyond Racism And Self Interest: Why Blacks File And Fail At Chapter 13

ProPublica’s study of the percentage of black debtors who file bankruptcy and fail at Chapter 13 misses the forest for the trees. The report contends that bankruptcy lawyers steer blacks to an inappropriate chapter for the benefit of the lawyers. In Memphis, an entrenched legal culture has made bankruptcy a boon for attorneys while miring […]

The Change We Need In Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

The American Bankruptcy Institute under the leadership of retired Judge Eugene Wedoff is gathering input for a review of changes needed in consumer bankruptcy law.  I was privileged to offer my thoughts at NACBA’s 25th annual convention in May. Good Morning, I’m Cathy Moran.  I’ve practiced bankruptcy law in the Silicon Valley, in California’s Northern […]

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

I find I’m back at the Bankruptcy Mastery keyboard. Several years ago I thought I had said all there was to say here to new bankruptcy lawyers. But stuff just keeps bubbling to the forefront and my fingers itch. It seems there’s more to say, perhaps not exclusively to newbies, but to the broader community […]