Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

04 Apr Your House Is In Foreclosure: What Should You Do? Part Two

In Part One, I discussed some of the options you may consider when your house (or other property) is in foreclosure, namely mortgage modifications and short sales. This post will focus on whether a deed in lieu of foreclosure, or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy may...

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17 Feb Last Day to Comment on New Chapter 13 Plan, Petition, Schedules, Means Test, Bankruptcy Rules Changes

The deadline for public comments to proposed changes to bankruptcy rules and official forms has been extended two days to Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. "Speak before then, and you may influence whether these forms,as written, are modified before adoption." -- Cathy...

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02 Dec Chapter 13 Bankruptcy And Home Owners Associations

abandoned homeIn Florida, home owners associations (HOAs) can be a blessing for some and a problem for others. When you add a Chapter 13 bankruptcy into the mix, the HOA can become a legal nightmare. According to the recent case of In Re Rosa, the chapter 13 plan and the confirmation order could change the relationship between the two. Imagine that you retired, purchased a beautiful home in a gated community in order to live the stress free life. The HOA now takes care of the lawn, cable, pest control, etc. Well, life changes or the economy changes or you have medical bills or there is a loss of job and you are forced to file bankruptcy. You have to make a choice: either keep the home and the HOA or let it go and deal with the HOA. If you file a chapter 13 bankruptcy petition and schedules, you also have to file your plan of reorganization. Your chapter 13 plan must tell the secured creditor exactly how you are going to deal with their collateral. Well, if you are going to keep the home, it really isn't a problem because you are still obligated to pay the HOA. If your Chapter 13 plan states that you are going to surrender the collateral back to the mortgage holder, that is good news to the secured creditors, but what about the ongoing HOA obligation? In other words, is the chapter 13 debtor still obligated to pay the ongoing HOA dues even though he or she has expressed their intention to surrender the property.
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29 Nov After-Acquired Property in Chapter 13: Whether to Amend the Schedules is No Longer in Doubt

Debate has long raged over the question whether property acquired by a chapter 13 debtor after the initial case filing must be listed in the bankruptcy papers by amending them. Two recent appeals court cases appear to have made clear that amendment of the bankruptcy...

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