Trustee Duties In Bankruptcy (part 2)

Part Two: Trustee Duties In Bankruptcy The Duties of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee and the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee are substantially similar but there are some minor differences. The Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee under Bankruptcy Section 1302(b)(4) must, in addition to his Duties enumerated in Part One of our discussion, advise, other than on legal matters, and assist the Debtor in performance under the plan, and ensure that the Debtor begins to make timely payments as required under the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan.

What Are The Trustees Duties In Bankruptcy?

Part One: Trustees Duties In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy And Chapter 13 Bankruptcy The Duties of the Chapter 13 Trustee and the Chapter 7 Trustees Duties in Bankruptcy are largely similar. Bankruptcy Code Section 1302(b)(1) states that the Chapter 13 Trustee must perform the duties specified under Bankruptcy Code Sections 704(2), 704(3), 704(4), 704(5), 704(6), 704(7), and 704(9). These Sections of the Bankruptcy Code govern both Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustees. Bankruptcy Code Section 704(2) states that the Trustee must be accountable Read More +

When Can A Student Loan Borrower Contest A Tax Offset?

Grounds To Fight The Government When They Seek To Take Your Tax Refund To Pay Student Loan Debt There are a number of Defenses that Student Loan Borrowers can use if the Department of Education or its Guaranty Agencies attempt to take your Tax Refund through a Tax Offset, in order to Collect on a Student Loan Debt Obligation. These Defenses Include: 1. Cases in which the Student Loan Borrower qualifies for a False Certification Discharge based upon Ability To Benefit, Unauthorized Signature, or Disqualifying Read More +

Seizure Of Tax Refund To Collect Federal Student Loans, Part Ii

Notice Requirements Under Tax Refund Offset Program; Say What? By Jay Weller Under 31 USC Section 3720A(b), the Department of Education, through its Secretary, can refer a Debt for Offset only after having complied with certain procedures. The holder of the loan must mail written notice to the Borrower’s last known address, as determined by the Department of Education or the Guarantor. The Courts that have heard Notice Issue Cases, have ruled that Actual Notice is not required. The Collector must only use Reasonable Means Read More +

Seizure Of Tax Refunds To Collect Student Loans

The Federal Tax Refund Offset Program Unleashed! The Federal Tax Refund Offset Program involves a complete seizure of all tax refunds that are due to debtors who are in default on their student loans. The Program also permits the seizure of monies due debtors through Special Payments such as economic stimulus monies. The Federal Statute allows these offsets, even for debts that are being administered by or collected by, a third party, or private party, acting on behalf of the Federal Government. This same Federal Read More +

Cramdown Of Mortgages On Principal Residences In Bankruptcy

Argument For Allowing Debtors To Pay Secured Value Of Homestead Through Chapter 13 Bankruptcy For Debtors who file Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Code permits them to Cramdown or pay only the Secured Value of Fair Market Value of an Investment Property or Non Homestead Property through the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan. However, Bankruptcy Code Section 1322(b)(1) states the “plan may modify the right of holders of secured claims, other than a claim secured only by a security interest in real property that is the Read More +

Current Landscape Of Loan Modifications And Foreclosures

Resets May Lead To Higher Loan Modification Defaults By Jay Weller According to The Mortgage Monitor Report by Black Knight Financial Services for February, 2014, about 95% of rate reduction modifications are still facing resets. Although Loan Modifications have been declining for more than a year, Loan Modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), a program under the jurisdiction of the Federal Housing Administration, have been increasing, largely because of modifications the FHA made to increase eligibility of Homeowners. Black Knight Financial Services claims Read More +

The Banks’ Stealth Campaign To Increase Overdraft Fees

Bank Overdraft Fees At Record High By Jay Weller The average fee for Overdrafts, which is defined as withdrawing more more a checking account than a Customer has in their account, has been increasing to thirty dollars in 2013, an increase from twenty nine dollars in 2012 and twenty six dollars in 2009, according to an investigation by Moeb Services, Inc, of 2890 Credit Unions and Banks. The Federal Reserve in 2010 prohibited Banks from automatically penalizing Customers for Overdrafts. The Dodd-Frank Law of 2011 Read More +

New Technology To Reduce The Chances Of Credit Card Fraud

How Do I Reduce The Chance Of Becoming A Victim Of Credit Card Fraud? By Jay Weller Although the Credit Card companies are generally behind the efforts of fraudsters in preventing Credit Card fraud, there are some things you, as a Consumer, may do to stymie the efforts of these miscreants. For example, Capital One customers can activate email or text alerts when such customers balances exceed a certain limit, when a transaction happens or the customer does not have sufficient funds in their bank Read More +

The Clampdown Begins On Payday Loans

PayDay Loans Under Increased Scrutiny From Federal And State Governments By Jay Weller Pay Day loans, although easy to procure, usually carry with them extremely high interest rates and burdensome terms and fees. Often Borrowers are caught in a mire where they need to continually borrow from such Lenders to pay their essential bills. Recently, the Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, accused on such Lender of misleading Borrowers who procured expensive loans that come bundled with insurance products that were not needed or useful. Read More +