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Consumer Bankruptcy

Effective December 1, New Rules Simplify a Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Effective December 1, 2022, three amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules go into effect that deal with the debtor’s notice to creditors or the U.S. trustee. In general, these amendments simplify the practice of consumer bankruptcy law and this article explains each rule amendment and how it changes existing bankruptcy practice.Effective December 1, New Rules Simplify a Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Corporate Bankruptcy 101 for Consumer Attorneys (New Free Flow Chart)

Corporate bankruptcies pose unique challenges and opportunities for attorneys representing students at predatory schools, tenants, homeowners with mortgages, and consumers of goods, services, or credit. An online interactive flow chart is now open to the public, Corporate Bankruptcy 101 for Consumer Litigators. This article links to and describes how the free flow chart provides step-by-step instructions on representing consumers in corporate bankruptcies.

Bankruptcy’s Role in Alleviating Criminal Justice Debt

Unpaid criminal justice debt can have draconian consequences, and this article explains how a bankruptcy filing can sometimes be effective in reducing that debt. Although criminal fines and restitution orders are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, other portions of a filer’s criminal justice debt may be dischargeable. The article also links to several resources covering this topic: a free May 13 webinar, a recent report, and NCLC treatises.

Practice Tools in Response to Latest Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decision

A January 14, 2021, Supreme Court decision alters the practice of consumer bankruptcy law as to repossessed property. This article explains the Supreme Court’s ruling and how the consumer bankruptcy practitioner should respond to the ruling’s implications, including the use of four new sample pleadings found in NCLC’s recent digital update to our bankruptcy treatise.

New Consumer Bankruptcy Protections Now Effective

This article explains the new consumer bankruptcy protections found in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that were effective December 27, 2020: the availability of a chapter 13 discharge despite missed payments, protection of stimulus payments from the bankruptcy trustee, no discrimination of debtors in bankruptcy from CARES Act protections, continued utility service without a deposit, and more.

Cheat Sheet to COVID-19 Bankruptcy Provisions and Sunsets

New March 27, 2021, bankruptcy legislation now extends the sunset dates of the three CARES Act bankruptcy provisions. This article explains the new law and then provides a “cheat sheet” listing all ten of the COVID-19 related bankruptcy provisions by sunset date, with links to more detail for each provision and also Public Law and U.S. Code citations.

Supreme Court Rejects Lien Strip Off in Chapter 7 Cases

The Supreme Court on June 1 has just held in Bank of America, N. A. v. Caulkett that a wholly underwater mortgage cannot be stripped off and voided using Bankruptcy Code § 506(d) in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case. The decision should have little impact on consumer bankruptcy cases, since most courts (except those in the Eleventh Circuit) had previously held that mortgage strip off in chapter 7 was...