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Court rejects "sufficiently rooted" test and holds bankruptcy estate does not include portion of bonus earned from prepetition employment

In In re Brown, Case No. 18-81242 (Bankr. C.D. Ill. May 9, 2019), Judge Perkins of the Central District of Illinois, concluded that property of the estate did not include that portion of a debtor’s annual bonus payable after the petition date t… Read More
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Discharge of debts in Chapters 7 and 13; important differences you should know

Through a Chapter 13 payment plan, a debtor may discharge multiple types of debt that cannot be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (a liquidation). Thus, if you qualify for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and your debts would be nondischargeable in a Chap… Read More
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Discharge Injunction Violation Results in $90,000 Award

A recent case in the District Court, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC et al. v. Lempesis, affirmed a judgment by the Bankruptcy Court awarding $90,000 for an especially egregious violation of the discharge injunction, including damages for emotional dist… Read More
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The Means Test: Do I Automatically Qualify For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Many individuals are still financially struggling to recover from what has been described as one of the worst economic climates since the great depression of the 1930s. In this current era of financial hardship, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is seen as an alt… Read More
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Chapter 20 Bankruptcy Explained

Most individuals have heard or read about Chapters 7, 11, or 13 Bankruptcy. With big cities such as Detroit filing Bankruptcy, Chapter 9 Bankruptcy (municipality restructuring) has become a more mainstream term. Chapter 12 Bankruptcy also exists, but… Read More
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Top 5 Bankruptcy Myths Debunked

Bankruptcy has many misconceived stigmas to it. Frankly, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and much of the stereotypes regarding bankruptcy are just not true. With just over one million people declaring bankruptcy as of the 12 month period… Read More
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Full Disclosure: Why It's Important to Tell Your Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney EVERYTHING When Filing Bankruptcy

The decision to file bankruptcy is a difficult one for most people, and it requires disclosure of a tremendous amount of information. The temptation can be great to hold back in some areas, just to feel like one is retaining a little bit of control.… Read More
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What NOT to Do Before Filing Bankruptcy

Most people who file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy have done everything they could to avoid filing, or even consulting with a bankruptcy attorney. People take pride in being to solve their own financial problems. Unfortunately, sometimes their… Read More
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