Hurricane Irma And Bankruptcy

By Jay Weller Natural disasters and hurricanes and bankruptcy filings within affected areas are intuitively correlative.  One would expect that the economic and property damage incurred by a hurricane, such as Hurricane Irma, that beset portions of Florida would have an impact on the number of subsequent bankruptcies filed within the affected regions. This article will discuss the validity of this purported relation between hurricanes, natural disasters and bankruptcy filings.  The article will also discuss possible remedies for those seeking to avoid the filing of Read More +

Bankruptcy Assistance

Bankruptcy assistance and representation in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and most avenues to address issues with debt, are available here at Weller Legal Group PA.  Weller Legal Group provides assistance in primarily Bankruptcy representation of debtors.  However, we offer programs to address debt outside of Bankruptcy, including Credit Counseling, Debt Settlements, Foreclosure Defense, and Credit Repair. Jay Weller founded Weller Legal Group in 1993 and quickly grew to seven offices throughout Florida, including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, Clearwater, Bradenton/Sarasota, and Port Richey, Florida.  Read More +

Family Or Household Size In Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy code does not contain a definition of family or household size.  Under the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act, Congress provided for the US Trustee Program or office, the authority to administer and enforce the means test which determines whether a debtor may qualify to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and determines what payment the debtor will make to the Chapter 13 trustee in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Among the many detriments to the rights of debtors through the administration of bankruptcy Read More +

Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Discharge

In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy the Discharge is governed by Bankruptcy Code Section 11 USC 727.  Any debtor who files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is eligible for the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge provided the debtor meets certain qualifications, and follows the required procedures in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. A Corporation is not eligible for Discharge in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  However, there are some advantages for a Corporation in filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Besides a Corporation, an Individual may file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  An Individual is eligible for Read More +

Free Bankruptcy Consultation

Free bankruptcy consultations are offered by Mr. Jay Weller at Weller Legal Group PA.  Mr. Weller has practiced almost exclusively bankruptcy law beginning in 1993, with a concentration in the representation of debtors in Chapter 13 bankruptcy and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The consultation with the Bankruptcy Attorney is free and without charge, or obligation.  Mr. Weller will generally meet with you personally, after speaking with you directly either through a phone call by you to our office or through our website, if you prefer. Mr. Read More +

Tax Refunds In Bankruptcy

The treatment of tax refunds is a popular issue in bankruptcy.  Income tax refunds are commonly considered to be part of the bankruptcy estate.  Therefore, if a debtor files Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the trustee may attempt to seize all or a portion of the debtor’s tax refund.  In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the trustee may seek to have the debtor turn over all or a portion of the debtor’s tax refund, to be applied towards the funding of the Chapter 13 plan. However, a tax Read More +

Exception To Discharge In Bankruptcy For Intentional Torts

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(6) prevents a debtor from obtaining the discharge of any debt for “willful and malicious injury by the debtor to another entity or to the property of another entity”.  There are two prominent interpretations as to how this provision is to be construed.  The Ninth Circuit interpretation is that the debtor’s actions “must be accompanied by some form of tortious conduct which gives rise to the willful and malicious injury.”  The Fifth Circuit maintains that tortious conduct is not required and that Read More +

Bankruptcy Exceptions To Discharge

CREDIT CARDS, CHILD SUPPORT, ALIMONY, STUDENT LOANS, TAX DEBTS, INTENTIONAL TORTS, FRAUD Most debts are eligible for Discharge under the Bankruptcy Code.  However, Bankruptcy Code Section 523 lists certain debts that are not discharged in Bankruptcy.  Such debts, if unpaid will remain in existence after the completion and Discharge of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  These exceptions to Discharge are to be interpreted narrowly and the creditor carries the burden to prove every element of an exception to Discharge by a preponderance of the evidence. When Read More +

Copyrights In Bankruptcy

Under bankruptcy law, copyrights and patents are considered assets.  An author of a book who has copyrighted such book or a songwriter who has copyrighted his or her song or songs are considered under bankruptcy law, to possess an asset.  Depending upon the value of such an asset, a debtor may find such asset sold by the bankruptcy trustee in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee will want a determination of the value of the asset.  If such asset’s Read More +

Do I Qualify For Bankruptcy Chapter 7?

Do I qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one of the most common search terms by those investigating the possibility of filing for bankruptcy, as determined by the Google search engine.  In determining whether one is eligible to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, there are a number of criteria to consider. First, what is the income of the debtor?  If a debtor or debtors have median household income that significantly exceeds the amounts determined by the Department of Justice, as determined by the debtor or Read More +