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Avoiding Mortgages (Again): Consider Carefully the Form of Execution / Acknowledgment When Using a Power Of Attorney

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Lassman (In re DeMore), 844 F.3d 292 (1st Cir. 2016) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a mortgage using his strong arm powers based on an improper acknowledgment by a person executing the … Continue reading

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Avoiding Judicial Liens: Existing But Unenforceable v. Nonexistent

CRP Holdings, A-1, LLC v. O’Sullivan (In re O’Sullivan), 841 F3d 786 (8th Cir. 2016) – A chapter 7 debtor sought to avoid a judgment lien on the grounds that the lien impaired the debtor’s exemption. The bankruptcy court granted … Continue reading

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Deeds: Not All “Freebies” Are Fraudulent

Rodriguez v. Nelabovige (In re Kirst), 559 B.R. 757 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2016) – About a year before filing bankruptcy, a debtor conveyed his interest as a joint tenant in a residential property to his mother-in-law in consideration for $10. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Mortgages: How Far Does a Bona Fide Purchaser Have To Go in Searching Records?

Wenzel v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC (In re Wenzel), 554 B.R. 861 (Bankr. W.D. Wis. 2016) – A chapter 7 trustee and a debtor sought to avoid as a preference a mortgage assignment that was recorded within 90 days prior … Continue reading

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Ordinary Course Preference Defense: How Hard Can You Push to Get Paid?

Satija v. C-T Plaster, Inc. (In re Sterry Industries, Inc.), 553 B.R. 96 (Bankr. W.D. Tex.. 2016) – “Summers are hot in Texas, so pools are a hot item. But not hot enough to help a pool installer named Sterry … Continue reading

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Foreclosure: Failure to Timely Record Sale Deed (Oops)

Cornell v Envoy Mortgage, Ltd. (In re Hosch), 551 B.R. 696 (Bankr. D. N.H. 2016) – A foreclosing mortgagee that was the successful bidder at the foreclosure sale delayed recording the sale deed. A chapter 7 trustee claimed that as … Continue reading

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Leases: Prebankruptcy Termination May Not Mean That the Landlord Is Out Of the Woods

Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors v. T.D. Investments I, LLP (In re Great Lakes Quick Lube LP), 816 F.3d 482 (7th Cir. 2016) – A chapter 11 debtor relinquished 2 leases prior to filing bankruptcy. The unsecured creditors’ committee sought … Continue reading

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