Tag: 11 USC 1329

Bankr.  E.D.N.C.: In re Matusak- Timeliness of Motion to Modify; Judicial Estoppel and Unanticipated Changes in Circumstances; Extension of Plan LengthBankr.  E.D.N.C.: In re Matusak- Timeliness of Motion to Modify; Judicial Estoppel and Unanticipated Changes in Circumstances; Extension of Plan Length

Summary:

Mr.  Matusak’s plan provided, obviously among things, that he was required to produce  verified updated Schedules of income and expenses during the 36 months Applicable Commitment Period of his plan whenever such were requested by the Chapter 13 Trustee or Ms.  Brown,  his ex-wife and a creditor.  Based on that financial information, Ms.  Brown filed a motion to modify Mr.  Matusak’s plan in November 2016, seeking both an increase in the monthly payment and an extension of the plan from 36 to 60 months.

Prior to the hearing on the Motion to Modify in April 2017, Mr.  Matusak made the 36th payment under the original confirmed plan and argued that, the bankruptcy court no longer had authority to modify his plan as 11 U.S.C.… Read More

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Bankr. E.D.N.C.: In re Royal- Reclassification of Secured Claim in Plan Modification

Summary:

The Royals sought to modify their Chapter 13 plan to surrender a 15-year old motor vehicle that was increasingly expensive to maintain due to mechanical problems. The court denied this modification, first finding that the Royals had provided not evidence of a substantial and unanticipated change in financial circumstances beyond these mechanical problems. Following Chrysler Financial Corp. v. Nolan (In re Nolan), 232 F.2d 528, 532-33 (6th Cir. 2000), the court held that that 11 U.S.C. § 1329(a) allows for a reduction in the payment of claims but not for a reduction or modification of the claim itself.

Commentary:

AS the Royal opinion notes, following In re Miller, 2002 WL 31115656 (Bankr.… Read More

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