As a Bankruptcy lawyer I can't count how many times people have asked why Courts won't reduce their mortgage debt to match the deflated value of their home, or why they should pay anything on that second mortgage, line of credit, or HELOC, when they're underwater. I even discussed these questions and the state of...Read More
Priority disputes can be played out in Bankruptcy court. Take the case of In re Jones, in which Chapter 11 Debtors owned several pieces of property encumbered with mortgages cross-collateralized with other property of the Estate. That's when the trouble started...Read More
Yes Virginia, it is possible to both discharge unsecured debts forever (Chapter 7) and strip down secondary mortgages (Chapter 13). But why would a Debtor file two cases when it's hard enough to put themselves through one? Read on and find out.Read More
Unemployment is stubbornly high. The recovery has nearly stalled. People's savings are low. The housing market's so-called rebound has been uneven. Since June 2011 almost a million and a half people have sought bankruptcy protection. The number of filers keeps growing (so much for the salutary effect of BAPCPA). Is there hope?Read More
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