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Reverse Mortgages: Ignore Loan Documents at Your Peril

D’Alessio v. CIT Bank, N.A., 587 B.R. 211 (Bankr. D. Mass 2018) – A chapter 13 debtor sought a court determination that he was a “Borrower” for purposes of a reverse mortgage executed by his deceased wife. The mortgagee disagreed contending … Continue reading

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Mortgage Assignee Claims: Hang on To That Promissory Note

In re Benyamin, 587 B.R. 243 (Bankr. S.D. N.Y. 2018) – Chapter 11 debtors objected to a proof of claim that appeared to be filed by a servicer on behalf of an assignee of the original mortgagee. The court considered both … Continue reading

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Condominium Assessments: When Is Postpetition Really Prepetition?

Goudelock v. Sixty-01 Ass’n of Apartment Owners, 895 F.3d 633 (9th Cir. 2018) – A condominium association sought a determination of the dischargeability of a chapter 13 debtor’s personal liability for postpetition assessments on a condo unit. The bankruptcy court determined … Continue reading

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Who Gets to Keep the Money: Sometimes Procedural Arguments Can Matter as Much as Substantive Arguments

Allison v. Centris Fed. Credit Union (In re Tri-State Financial, LLC), 885 F.3d 528 (8th Cir. 2018) – A Chapter 11 trustee brought a proceeding to determine ownership of ~$1.2 million. Initially the bankruptcy court held that the funds were not … Continue reading

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Interests Held by the Bankruptcy Estate: Can Contingent Interests Go Poof?

Reinbold v. Thorpe (In re Thorpe), 881 F.3d 536 (7th Cir. 2018) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid the interest of a debtor’s wife in property that was awarded to her in a state court divorce proceeding. This decision … Continue reading

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Disallowed Claims and Lien Stripping: Plain English May Not Be Sufficient to Win the Day

Kohout v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 576 B.R. 290 (N.D.N.Y. 2017) – Chapter 13 debtors sought to avoid a mortgage lien after the claim was disallowed on procedural grounds. The bankruptcy court found in favor of the mortgagee and the debtors appealed … Continue reading

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Delinquent Property Tax Sales: What Rights Does a Tax Sale Purchaser Have?

Encore Assets, LLC v. Woodley (In re Woodley), 579 B.R. 630 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2017) – A chapter 13 debtor proposed to pay a prepetition property tax sale purchaser the statutory redemption amount over time. The purchaser objected, contending that the … Continue reading

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