Tampa Bankruptcy Court Decision On Discharge Of Construction Contractor Debt To Customer

The Bankruptcy Court in Tampa rendered an important decision on whether a contractor employed to perform construction or repair services to a customer could Discharge such debt in Bankruptcy. In the case of Hollman v Morales (In re Morales) an individual hired the debtor, a handyman, to conduct repairs on his mobile home. The customer paid $25,000 for such services to be performed. Evidently, such services were not fully performed, and the handyman, and subsequently, the debtor, in the Bankruptcy, argued that the mobile home Read More +

Tampa Bankruptcy Court Decision Relating To Tax Refunds

A Bankruptcy Judge in Tampa delivered an important decision regarding tax refunds in Bankruptcy. On July 20, 2022, Bankruptcy Judge CJ Delano rendered a decision regarding whether a debtor may retain a portion of a tax refund received in the amount of $5,500. The debtor claimed $3,750 of such refund as exempt. The debtor’s argument was that portion of the refund should be exempt because it represented monies that the debtor withheld from his social security benefits. Social security benefits are exempt from levy, attachment, Read More +

Tampa Bankruptcy Court Important Decision Regarding Discharge Of Income Tax Debt

A Bankruptcy Judge in the Tampa Bankruptcy Court delivered an important decision regarding the Discharge of Income Tax Debt in Bankruptcy on August 23, 2022. The debtor filed what is referred to as an adversary proceeding seeking to Discharge numerous hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax debts. The Internal Revenue Service responded and argued that such debt should not be discharged pursuant to Bankruptcy Code 523(1)(C) based upon the premise that the debtor had willfully attempted to evade the payment of such taxes. Bankruptcy Read More +

Does Dismissal Of A Bankruptcy Dismiss Any Adversary Proceedings?

If a debtor files Bankruptcy, whether a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, does an adversary proceeding filed against the debtor, subsequently result in the dismissal of the adversary proceeding? Some debtors who file a consumer form of bankruptcy, such as a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, may expectantly or unexpectantly find themselves a defendant in an adversary proceeding. An adversary proceeding is an action filed in the bankruptcy court in which a creditor objects to the dischargeability of a certain debt based upon either Read More +

A Quick Guide To Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy isn’t a situation that anybody wants to be in. The main reason people file for bankruptcy is that their debt has gotten to the point that it can no longer be handled effectively, and often they are forced into making this move. When debt becomes too overwhelming for a person or a business in Tampa, it is not always possible to continue making payments. Rather than suffering the severe long-term consequences of getting further into unmanageable debt, bankruptcy can seem like the preferable alternative. Read More +

Treatment Of Child Support Arrears Owed To Bankruptcy Debtor

How may the Bankruptcy Court treat child support arrears owed to a Debtor who files Bankruptcy? In such an instance, the Debtor or the Bankruptcy Attorney, on behalf of the Debtor, may engage in an analysis of two important concepts in Bankruptcy. The first question is whether child support or child support arrears are even to be included in the Bankruptcy Estate. How the property or asset in question is treated in its inclusion or exclusion from the Bankruptcy Estate, has a primary effect on Read More +

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Treatment Of Automobile Accidents

If a Debtor is in an automobile accident, either before the filing of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or after the filing of Chapter 13, proceeds from any personal injury or property settlement arising out of the accident, are included in the Bankruptcy Estate. In Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in which the Debtor uses the Florida Bankruptcy Exemptions, there is no Exemption that specifically protects such proceeds arising from the accident. Most of our clients in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, who are involved in an automobile accident, suffer Read More +

In Which Courthouse Should I File Bankruptcy?

Under Title 28, Section 1408, cases under Title 11, are filed in the District Court for the District in which the person or entity filing Bankruptcy has for the prior one hundred eighty (180) days or the longer portion of the prior one hundred eighty (180) days, maintained either one’s domicile, residence, principal place of business OR principal assets. Although “residence” and “domicile” are not specifically defined in the Bankruptcy Code, one’s residence is generally held to be where one lives, or dwells, whereas a Read More +

Effect Of Conversion Of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy To Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Code Section 348(f) states when a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is converted to a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Estate does not include property acquired by the Debtor after the original Chapter 13 Bankruptcy was filed. This is an interesting element of Bankruptcy Law because in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy the Bankruptcy Estate can include property or assets that are held by the Debtor both before the filing of the Bankruptcy and after the filing of the Bankruptcy, during the entire term of the Chapter Read More +

Tampa Bankruptcy Court Leads All Divisions In Middle District Of Florida In Filings

The Tampa Bankruptcy Court consistently leads all other divisions in the Middle District of Florida in bankruptcy filings. There are four divisions that comprise the Middle District of Florida. These four divisions include Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Fort Myers. For the months of January to September of the calendar year 2021, 5,227 cases were filed in the Tampa Division, whereas Jacksonville received 2,388 cases, Orlando 4,542 cases and Fort Myers 1,309 cases. For the current month of September 2021, Tampa received 528 filings, Jacksonville 232 Read More +