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Two Basic Types of Consumer Bankruptcy

Two basic types of consumer bankruptcy cases are provided for under the Bankruptcy Code. The cases are traditionally given the names of the chapters that describe them. Chapter 7, entitled Liquidation, contemplates an orderly, court-supervised procedure by which a trustee takes over the assets of the debtor's estate, reduces them [...]

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge

A discharge releases individual debtors from personal liability for most debts and prevents the creditors owed those debts from taking any collection actions against the debtor. Because a chapter 7 discharge is subject to many exceptions, debtors should consult competent legal counsel before filing to discuss the scope of the [...]

Role Of A Chapter 7 Trustee

When a chapter 7 petition is filed, the U.S. trustee  appoints an impartial case trustee to administer the case and liquidate the debtor's nonexempt assets. 11 U.S.C. §§ 701, 704. If all the debtor's assets are exempt or subject to valid liens, the trustee will normally file a "no asset" [...]

Advantages of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 13 offers individuals a number of advantages over liquidation under chapter 7. Perhaps most significantly, chapter 13 offers individuals an opportunity to save their homes from foreclosure. By filing under this chapter, individuals can stop foreclosure proceedings and may cure delinquent mortgage payments over time. Nevertheless, they must still [...]

July 14th, 2010|Categories: Bankruptcy Blog|0 Comments

What Is Current Monthly Income Mean in Bankruptcy?

The "current monthly income" received by the debtor is a defined term in the Bankruptcy Code and means the average monthly income received over the six calendar months before commencement of the bankruptcy case, including regular contributions to household expenses from nondebtors and including income from the debtor's spouse if [...]

Alternatives to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Debtors should be aware that there are several alternatives to chapter 7 relief. For example, debtors who are engaged in business, including corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, may prefer to remain in business and avoid liquidation. Such debtors should consider filing a petition under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. [...]

Changes to Personal Property Exemptions

Starting July 1, 2010, Tennessee personal property exemption amount increases to $10,000 from $4,000. This is a significant increase from previous exemption which will help bankruptcy filers protect sizeable amount of their property from the bankruptcy trustee. Tenn. Code Ann. Section 26-2-103.

Who May Be A Debtor For The Purpose of Chapter 7?

According to § 109 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code, almost any person may be a debtor under chapter 7 only if such person or entity is not a railroad, financial institution, foreign insurance company, and foreign financial institution. A business that is not a partnership, corporation, or business trust, cannot [...]

June 19th, 2010|Categories: Bankruptcy Blog, Home Featured|Tags: , |0 Comments