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The Meeting of Creditors

About 4-5 weeks after filing your bankruptcy case, you will be required to appear at a public meeting with your bankruptcy trustee (See 11 U.S.C. § 341(a)) sometimes called the “Meeting of Creditors” or “341 Meeting”). The meeting of creditors is open to the public and ALL CREDITORS and other parties are invited to attend.…Continue Reading

“What happens to my mortgage in bankruptcy if I have not been paying?”

If your goal is to keep your house and you are behind on your mortgage, you will likely need to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan will need to propose a payment that is, at a minimum, sufficient to pay off all of your pre-petition mortgage arrears in no more than…Continue Reading

State Exemptions in Massachusetts Modernized (at last)

In Massachusetts, unlike many other states, we are allowed to choose either the “menu” of exemptions provided for in the Bankruptcy Code (the “Federal Exemptions”), or the non-bankruptcy menu of exemptions – most of which arise under state law (the “Massachusetts Exemptions”).  A large part of my job as a consumer bankruptcy attorney is to…Continue Reading

The Means Test Revised

Periodically the United States Trustee, taking information from the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Census Bureau, revises certain information used by bankruptcy filers in completing the means test. Effective November 1, 2010, new median income figures will go into effect, which will impact most potential bankruptcy filers when they determine whether they are…Continue Reading

Chapter 13 Instead of Chapter 7?

In 2005 Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA)which then-President Bush signed into law.   Among the many changes that BAPCPA brought with it was a new “means test” which required all personal bankruptcy filers to calculate their adjusted income against the median income for a family of the same size in…Continue Reading

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