Bankr. E.D.N.C.: In re Marshall (Deceased)- Hardship Discharge, Death and Taxes

Summary:

The Debtor died during her Chapter 13 case, still owing more that $165,000 in nondischargeable taxes to the IRS. Following the severance of her co-debtor/husband’s case, the Debtor’s attorney then filed a Motion for a Hardship Discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1328(b). While stating that the death of a debtor can constitute a circumstance precluding completion of plan payments for which a debtor should not be held accountable. See In re Bond, 36 B.R. 49 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 1984), the bankruptcy court here held that the evidence indicated the Debtor “deliberately avoided paying taxes on her income prior to filing the petition, an act of bad faith, which in the Court’s discretion, is undeserving of a hardship discharge.”

For a copy of the opinion, please see:

Marshall (Deceased)- Hardship Discharge, Death and Taxes.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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