Legal Articles, Bankruptcy & Debt

Chapter 13 Advantages: The Art of the (Chapter 13) Plan

Done properly, chapter 13 provides certain above-median wage earners—and others with special considerations, often relating to a mortgage—with debt relief.

Taxability of Discharged Debts: Advantages and Consequences of Bankruptcy

The Internal Revenue Code ("I.R.C." or the "Code") broadly defines gross income as "all income from whatever source derived, including . . . [i]ncome from discharge of indebtedness" I.R.C. § 61(a)(12). Although the I.R.C. does not define "discharge," this has long been understood to include the taxpayer's release from a monetary obligation such as debt forgiveness or by way of a discharge in a bankruptcy case.

Redeeming Personal Property in a Chapter 7 Case

Many debtors—and a few attorneys—are unaware that the Bankruptcy Code provides a way for debtors in a chapter 7 case to "redeem tangible personal property intended primarily for personal, family, or household use, from a lien securing a dischargeable consumer debt, if such property is exempted [by the debtor] . . . or has been abandoned . . . [by the trustee], by paying the holder of such lien the amount of the allowed secured claim of such holder that is secured by such lien in full at the time of redemption." 11 U.S.C. § 722. There is quite a bit to unpack here, but at bottom, almost any non-commercial physical personal property subject to a security interest can be exempted and redeemed in a chapter 7 case.

Roommates, Bankruptcy, & the Means Test

Debtors are often pleasantly surprised to learn that, in Minnesota, roommates generally count toward their household size for purposes of the means test, permitting certain debtors who would otherwise fail the means test, and thus not qualify for a chapter 7 case (permitting almost immediate discharge of all debts, not otherwise dischargeable, without any repayment required, as with a chapter 13 case), to qualify.

A Word About the Effect of Prior Bankruptcy Filings

Bankruptcy counsel frequently field questions from debtors who’ve previously filed bankruptcy. Sometimes this involves a prior case completed years ago, but more often it involves a debtor who has filed a recent case that was dismissed—often in connection with a chapter 13 case by reason of failure to confirm a plan or to make plan payments.

How a Good Lawyer Saves You Money (Despite Nominally Higher Fees)

Choosing the right attorney for your chapter 7 or chapter 13 case can ultimately save you money, even by comparison to filing pro se (without counsel). In many cases, this means selecting the right chapter under which to file your case. There are certain advantages uniquely associated with chapter 7 or chapter 13 (the most common) proceedings.

Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax Data Breach impacts roughly 143 million people. Lear more about your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act!

Is it possible to buy a home after filing bankruptcy?

Buying a home after filing bankruptcy.

The Truth About Bankruptcy In Virginia

Your Guide to Financial Freedom

Discharge of Student Loans in Bankruptcy

Student loans are difficult but not impossible to discharge in bankruptcy. While courts are reluctant to discharge student debt a student burdened by his student loan has options. For more information on this subject contact the law office of Mitchell Reed Sussman & Associates at 800 - 233 - 8521

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