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Consumer Bankruptcy

New Rule Gives Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Debtors Credit Toward Student Loan Forgiveness

Effective July 1, a new Department of Education rule provides new relief for how a student loan borrower’s income-driven repayment plan is treated if the borrower is in a chapter 13 bankruptcy. The article explains four key new protections that the new rule will implement and provides four essential practice tips for dealing with student loans in a chapter 13 bankruptcy.

New Supreme Court Ruling: When Is a Bankruptcy Debtor on the Hook for Partner’s Fraud?

A February 22 Supreme Court ruling affects divorced or separated spouses and victims of economic abuse and coerced debt. The ruling encourages bankruptcy creditors to bring nondischargeability actions against innocent debtors based upon fraudulent actions of spouses or domestic partners. This article sets out five ways to counter such challenges and to discharge the debts in bankruptcy.

New Process to Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy

New federal Guidance should make it far easier to obtain a bankruptcy discharge of student loans. Completing a simple Attestation Form may lead to an agreement to settle the debtor’s undue hardship discharge proceeding. This article explains the new Guidance’s significance, scope, and limits, and then sets out in 10 steps the process to complete the Attestation Form and seek a discharge of student loans.

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.