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Are Equalization Payments A Debtor Receives In Exchange For A Transfer Of Interest In A Marital Piece of Real Property Protected By A Homestead Exemption?

divorce property division settlement-thumb-275x190-44617.jpgA equalization payment is a common why a litigant in adivorce gets bought out of his interest in a piece of marital real property. Let's say for example, the family residence subject to a divorce has $50,000 of equity, yes it still happens. During that divorce proceeding it is decided by the parties that the wife will receive the home as her sole a separate property. In exchange for this award, wife will pay to husband $25,000, which represents his interest in this community asset. The husband, after the divorce, is forced to file for bankruptcy. In his bankruptcy petition, the husband, now debtor, moves to exempt his $25,000 by utilizing the state's homestead exemption. Can he?

Chapter 13 bankruptcy vs. Debt Management Programs

do-it-yourself-debt-settlement-thumb-300x299-43580.jpgThe following summary was written by Robert Christopher and is being reproduced by permission of Mr. Christopher. The views and opinions expressed in his article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of JVS Law. The information and/or opinions in Mr. Christopher's summary are based on sources believed to be reliable but no representation, expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, completeness or correctness.

Banks Are Not Required To Present Any Proof In Order To Obtain Default Judgment

debt-consolidation-reverse1-thumb-275x275-41846.jpgIn HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. v. Aguilar, the Appellate Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court held that a bank was not required to present any proof in order to obtain a default judgment against a holder of a credit card.

Rejected Residential Lease Was Not Terminated In Bankruptcy

This dispute arose in the bankruptcy court when the debtors defaulted on the terms of their prepetition lease, which was terminated as a result of it being deemed rejected.
These Chapter 7 debtors filed for bankruptcy 10 days after signing an apartment lease. They did not schedule the landlord as a creditor. They did not disclose the lease on Schedule G. Pursuant to Section 365, the lease was deemed rejected 60 days postpetition because the trustee did not assume or reject it. Two months after the debtors received their discharge, the debtors stopped paying their rent. The landlord sued the debtors, obtaining a judgment for $8,929 for past due rent. The debtors asked for reconsideration on the basis that any rent obligation was discharged in their Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The Student Loan Debt Bomb: America's Next Mortgage Economic Crisis

student-loan-consolidation-thumb-275x237-35572.jpgThe National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) prepared a report regarding the dischargeability of student loans in the bankruptcy court. I have summarized the report below, but click here to review the entire report .

Mortgage Cramdown In A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Cramdown.jpgIt is well established that the holder of a first mortgage can't modify the terms of the loan if the loan is on his primary residence. However, what if the mortgage is on a rental property which is not the debtor's primary residence, can the terms of the first mortgage be modified? Yes in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, subject to strict rules.

Unprotected Sex Is Not Willful and Malicious Act For Purposes of Non-Dischargeability

throwing-a-punch-thumb.jpgIn the case of Cragen v. Maxwell the plaintiff (Cragen) believed he contracted a sexually transmitted disease from debtor (Maxwell) and threatened to sue her. To avoid suit, Maxwell agreed to pay Cragen $35,000. She signed a promissory note to which the plaintiff agreed to release her from any claims sustained by or resulting from contracting a sexually transmitted disease from Maxwell.

Credit Card Delinquencies Continue to Drop - Santa Rosa Bankruptcy

First-Savings-Credit-Card-thumb-275x206-28961.jpgCredit card delinquencies have reached a six-year low, according to the latest Credit Card Index from Fitch Ratings according to Consumer Bankruptcy News. The report also shows credit card charge-offs ticking up for the first time in the past several months.

Drug Dealing Debtor Keeps Discharge - Santa Rosa Bankruptcy

drug money-thumb-275x206-27396.jpgA couple was arrested with possession of and trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine after receiving a Chapter 7 discharge. What is that? It is an elimination of debts as if they never existed. A "discharge," when granted by the Court, terminates all liability for repayment, all obligations, rights and duties associated with the claim.

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