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Who wants to file bankruptcy right before Christmas!?!

Well, no one does. That is a given. However, there are a few things to remain aware of if bankruptcy is something you have been contemplating here recently:

1) Any gifts you receive of substantial value at Christmas are going to have to be listed in your bankruptcy on Schedule B and exempted on Schedule C. You will need to individually identify any particular item you received that is worth hundreds of dollars.

2) Any expensive item you purchase, whether keeping it in house or giving it away to someone else, will have to be reported as well. If it is a luxury item, that is something costing more than $650.00, you will be raising red flags and risk losing the discharge of that debt.

3) Your right to receive a tax refund arises on December 31st of each year if you overpaid your income taxes. This is true whether you file a tax return right away or wait until the last minute. That tax refund is an asset of the bankruptcy estate upon filing your petition and must be listed on Schedule B and exempted on Schedule C even if you do not know the exact amount you will be receiving.

If you own a home and have a large amount of equity in that property (equity meaning value minus secured debt), you may have a very limited amount of exemption to put towards these assets mentioned above. Consulting with a bankruptcy attorney prior to Christmas may be a wise gift to yourself.

December 2, 2014 Posted by | Alternate Debt Relief, Bankruptcy, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Consumer Protection | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

News You Can Use: New local rules for E. D. Ky Bankruptcy Court

A new set of local rules supplementing the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure  (FRBP) were ordered into being for the Eastern District of Kentucky Bankruptcy Court. These local rules went into effect on 1/1/2013. For the most part, they merely codify current practices or fill in some gaps. I will highlight a few of the more important changes discussed at a recent training sponsored by the Fayette County Bar Association.

  • 1002-2 If a debtor is a corporation, LLC, etcetera, be sure to also file authority to file.
  • 1007-2 Mailing lists: Be sure to find the right address for the Kentucky Department of Revenue and the IRS. These can be found on the right address.
  • 1009-1 A motion for the case for the meeting of creditors to be heard in a different location, you must file that motion with the petition.
  • 2002-1 Notice requirements generally are 14 days unless there is a different, specific rule. Be sure to file a motion to shorten time if you need that to be less than 14 days.
  • 2003-1 Trustees can continue the meeting of creditors without a court’s order. If the trustee does continue the meeting, the counsel for the debtor must send out notice to all creditors. Only file a motion if the trustee will not agree to a continuance and then explain the circumstances.
  • 2004-1 A motion for an examination under 2004 does not need a hearing and the order will be entered by the court after three business days without an objection.
  • 2016-2 The presumptively reasonable fee of $3,500.00 no longer includes the court filing fees.
  • 3002.1-1 When a secured creditor files notice of post-filing fees, the trustee no longer has to object – they simply will not be paid through the plan.
  • 3015-2 A modification to a Chapter 13 plan, must be filed seven (7) days prior to the hearing on confirmation to be considered.
  • 3015-3 Objections to a modified plan must be filed within seven (7) days after the first meeting or creditors or the date of the filing of a modified plan, whichever is later.
  • 3015-4 Adequate protection payments will not accrue or be paid until the creditor files a proof of claim. But, if this happens and a case is dismissed, the trustee will pay those adequate protection payments that have accrued.
  • 4001-1 Motions to lift the automatic stay filed prior to the meeting of creditors, must give the trustee fourteen (14) days after the meeting to object. If the trustee does not object, then the property is deemed abandoned.
  • 4003-2 A motion to avoid a judicial lien that encumbers exempt property must include more specific information to identify the lien: filing date, county filed, book and page number, and the lien (style of underlying case) to be avoided. The property, value of property, amount of other liens on the property also must be in the motions as well as the amount and statutory provision of the claimed exemption. A non-possessory and non-purchase money lien must identify similar information. There is specific language that must be in the order. These motions must now be filed separate from the proposed plan whereas they used to be included in the plan. Unfortunately, if there is a judgment lien filed, but the debtor owns no real property going into the bankruptcy, then one cannot request this 522(f) relief. By law, the judgment and lien become void upon entry of the discharge order.
  • 4004-5 Debtor’s counsel must file a Local Form 4004-5a, within thirty (30) days of the trustee filing their Certification of Plan Completion and Request for Discharge.
  • 7026-1 Provisions of FRCP 26(f) do not apply with adversary proceedings or contested matters.
  • 9013-1 Orders only need to list parties to be served that are NOT served by the ECF system.
  • 9070-1 How exhibits are filed are changed and this is set forth in the Administrative Procedure Manual. Essentially, each exhibit should be a separate attachment rather than lumped together. A clear and concise description of the exhibit should be input into the ECF system.

 

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Automatic Stay, Bankruptcy, Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Discharge, Plan, Plan payments, Planning, Pre-filing planning, Proof of Claim, Security interests | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment