Kentucky Bankruptcy Law

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Working knowledge of bankruptcy essential to MANY areas of law

I was just talking the other day to a client who had a real estate transaction question. The context of the real estate transaction included a co-signed debt, a family law issue, and a high risk of bankruptcy for the co-debtor. If I only understood one of those areas of law or only knew a part of the context of his question, then I would have given the wrong advice.

If I had only thought about the transfer from the family law perspective, I would have advised against the transfer. If I have only contemplate real estate law and looked at the value of the property versus the debt load, I probably also would have advised against the transfer. However, knowing the impact of the imminent filing of bankruptcy by the co-signer and how that would interplay with the family law issue and the ability to enact a transfer post-bankruptcy, made the exact opposite answer the better advice to give him.

Bankruptcy law permeates every single other area of law that involves financial transactions of any sort. This is because the bankruptcy code preempt debtor and creditor rights and obligations of state law to a huge extent. So, whether you are contemplating a divorce settlement, a real estate transfer, a debt settlement, or a multi-million dollar contract, ask your lawyer what would happen if you or the other party ended up in bankruptcy. If they have no idea, ask them to research it or consult with a bankruptcy practitioner.

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September 8, 2012 - Posted by | Bankruptcy, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law, Negotaion & conflict resolution, Planning, Pre-filing planning, property allocation | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] Michael W. Troutman graduated from law school at the University of Kentucky in 1982 where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He practiced law in Louisville from 1982-1988 with the law firm of Morgan & Pottinger. In 1988, he joined the law firm of Fowler, Measle, and Bell in Lexington, KY where his practice focused primarily in the areas of litigation, business, employment, construction and bankruptcy law. Mr. Troutman was a partner from 1991-2002 and served on the firm’s management committee from 1999-2001. From March 2002 until January 2004 he served as President and General Counsel of Dealers’ Financial Services, LLC, a national company with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. He began the law firm of Troutman & Hays, PLLC, now Troutman & Napier, PLLC, where he focuses his practice on business matters, litigation and mediation. He has been a speaker at several professional organizations on topics including employment, construction, bankruptcy, and mediation law. Email: mtroutman@troutmannapier.comSource: wordpress.com […]

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