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Dismissals & Conversions in Bankruptcy: Tips & Tricks to Success

Dismissing or Converting a Bankruptcy Case How to Dismiss or Convert a Chapter 7, Chapter 11, & Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filing for bankruptcy is an incredibly powerful tool to help alleviate debt that cannot be paid. When filing for bankruptcy, it is important that paperwork is filed honestly and in a timely manner, local and … Read More

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Bankruptcy Discharge – An Effective Guide [11 U.S.C. § 524]

You may have recently received a letter from a trustee in a pending bankruptcy case indicating that the debtor received a discharge in the bankruptcy. You are not alone if you have no idea what this notice of discharge means. Does a notice of discharge mean that all preference (read about the two most heavily … Read More

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How Much Equity Can a Debtor Have in Their Home and Still File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

How Much Home Equity Can a Debtor Exempt in California Bankruptcy? As California bankruptcy attorneys, we are often asked how much equity a debtor can have in their home and still file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy? The answer is simple: anyone can file for bankruptcy, but it may not be wise to if the debtor’s … Read More

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Contemporaneous Exchange of New Value – Preference Defense in Bankruptcy

Preference Actions in Bankruptcy For a simple explanation of what a preference action in bankruptcy is, click here. A preference action is undertaken by the trustee or debtor in possession in either chapter 7 or chapter 11 bankruptcy. In some ways, it is similar to a fraudulent transfer or fraudulent conveyance proceeding in that it … Read More

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2 Preference Defenses in Bankruptcy: New Value & Ordinary Course – A Simple Guide to the Popular Defenses

What is a Preference in Bankruptcy? The trustee in bankruptcy is incentivized to claw-back any transfers made by the debtor before the bankruptcy petition is filed in order to maximize the trustee’s own compensation. In addition to the trustee’s ability to attack fraudulent conveyances and actions taken by creditors in violation of the automatic stay, … Read More

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Automatic Stay Violation Sanctions in Bankruptcy [11 U.S.C. 362(k)(1)]

How to Recover Sanctions for Violations of the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy Many bankruptcy practitioners think an automatic stay violation equals sanctions for every debtor. However, those sanctions are only available to “individuals,” not corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and others entities. What is the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy? Upon the filing of a petition … Read More

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Is a Home Mortgage Consumer Debt in Bankruptcy? [In re Kelly]

What is Consumer Debt? – Consumer Debt Definition under the Bankruptcy Code Consumer debt is defined in the United State Bankruptcy Code as “debt incurred by an individual primarily for a personal, family, or household purpose.” 11 U.S.C. § 101(8). An experienced bankruptcy attorney can help clarify this definition in addition to the guidance provided … Read More

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4 Tricks to Stop the Bankruptcy Trustee From Selling Your House

The Tricks that the Bankruptcy Trustees Don’t Want You to Know! How to Avoid the Sale of Your Property By a Chapter 7 Trustee It may come as a surprise to many involved in bankruptcy that the Chapter 7 Trustee is in control of all assets of the bankruptcy estate. That estate include “all legal … Read More

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