Bankr. E.D.N.C.: In Mansfield-High Commuting Costs are not a Special Circumstance for 707(b)(2)

Summary:

The Debtor, following some corrective amendments, had $731.36 of disposable income showing on Form B22. Because of a long commute in a pick-up truck with poor mileage, the Debtor claimed $612.00 a month of additional transportation expenses as a special circumstance under 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2)(B)(i). While not finding that high commuting costs never could be a special circumstance, the bankruptcy court did, however, hold that, as the Debtor had made this commute for more than 10 years, but had purchased the pick-up truck with poor mileage only 5 years ago, there were “more reasonable alternatives to the Debtor’s current mode of transportation that would reduce his expenses.”

For a copy of the opinion, please see:

Mansfield-High Commuting Costs are not a Special Circumstance for 707(b)(2).pdf

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1. Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University, 1993. 2. Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University, 1996. Admissions to Practice of Law: North Carolina Bar, 1996. Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Specialty Certification: North Carolina State Bar: Certified as a Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy. Areas of Practice: Practice limited to consumer and business debtor bankruptcy law, 1998 to present. Memberships: National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (NCATL). North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section. Lectures prepared and presented: North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers seminar on bankruptcy; Topic: Counseling the Consumer Debtor Prior to Court - C.Y.A. Forms to Help 'Gird They Loins'; 2001. Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar; Topic: Preparing Chapter 13 Plans; 2002. NACBA National Convention; Topic: Efficient Office Practices; 2003. NACBA National Convention; Topic: Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Debates; 2004. Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar; Topic: Chapter 7 & 13 Hot Issues; 2004. Positions held: NACBA National Convention; Convention Chair; 2008. NACBA National Convention; Panel Moderator: Topic: Basic Bankruptcy Issues; 2008. NACBA National Convention; Panel Moderator; Topic: Chapter 13-Disposable Income and Other Issues; 2007. NACBA National Convention; Panel Moderator; Topic: Representing Members of the Military and Their Families; 2007. NACBA, Member of National Board of Directors, 2006 to present. NCATL, Chair of the Bankruptcy Section, 2003 to 2007. NACBA, Chair of the North Carolina Section, 2003 to 2007. NC Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Bankruptcy Council Member, 2004 to present.

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