The United States Constitution gives Congress the power to establish laws on the subject of Bankruptcy throughout the United States. Congress first exercised this power the Bankruptcy Act of 1800. This act, which virtually copied the existing English law, provided for involuntary bankruptcies and was only available to traders (merchants). The act was repealed three years later in 1803. Two more short-lived federal bankruptcy laws were enacted from 1841 to 1843 and from 1867 to 1878. A permanent federal bankruptcy law would not go into Read More +
Bankruptcy law in England was once quite harsh. Bankruptcy was considered a crime and people who could not pay their debts were thrown into debtors’ prison or had their ears cut off. In fact, the first legislation dealing with bankruptcy in England was the Statute of the Bankrupts in 1542. One purpose of this law was to prevent people who owed money from escaping England. Only creditors could commence a bankruptcy proceeding. This law aided in the collection of debts and did not provide relief Read More +
Bankruptcy is a concept that did not always exist. For instance, in Ancient Greece there were no bankruptcy laws. If a person was unable to pay his debts, the person, as well as his immediate family, would be forced into slavery until the debt was worked off. Like the Ancient Greeks, the first known laws of the Ancient Romans punished those who could not pay their debts harshly. If a person could not pay an acknowledged debt then that person could be cut into pieces, Read More +
Debtors In Bankruptcy in Tampa Area May Pay Only The Actual Value Of Their Homestead In Bankruptcy Provided Their Mortgage Terminates Before Five Years The 11th Circuit of the United States Court Of Appeals Ruled in American General Finance versus Richard W Paschen that the plain language of the Bankruptcy Code allows Debtors in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to pay only the Secured Value or Fair Market Value of their Residential Property through the Chapter 13 Plan. The Unsecured portion of the Mortgage, which is the Read More +
Part Three: Duties Of Trustee As Pertains To Personal Injury Lawsuits And Settlements What are the Bankruptcy Trustee’s Duties when there is an active Personal Injury Lawsuit during the pendency of a Bankruptcy? Bankruptcy Code Section 330, Section 326, Section 328, and 329, is one of the clearer and better written portions of the code, and it clearly spells out the duties of the Bankruptcy Trustee and the Personal Injury Attorney, who is representing the Debtor in the Personal Injury matter. The Duties of the Read More +
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.
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 +
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 +