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Bankruptcy Court Allows Deduction of Debtor’s Attorney’s Fees in Means Test and Surveys Cases Allowing the Deduction.

Prior to filing bankruptcy, the Debtor hired NACBA member Jeffrey B. Kelly of the Law Office of Jeffrey B. Kelly, P.C. out of Rome, Georgia. Mr. Kelly successfully argued this case on behalf of the Debtor. The Debtor agreed to pay Mr. Kelly $4,500.00 for representation in a chapter 13 bankruptcy. The Debtor filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy and the attorney’s fees were provided to be paid in the chapter 13 plan. The Debtor had above median income and therefore was required to complete and submit Official Form 122C-2 listing his allowable expenses and calculating his projected disposable income (“PDI”).

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2019 President’s Letter to Membership

As we collectively depart 2018 and begin anew in 2019, it may be an overstatement to apply this famous quote to any portion of our lives, our practices, or of NACBA as a whole. Still, in looking back, one can obviously spot highlights and low lights and, importantly, use that perspective in shaping the path forward.

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Ninth Circuit panel affirms that a Chapter 7 Debtor is not allowed to amend homestead exemption to protect post-petition increase in home value.

In a 2-1 decision, the panel held that the debtor’s exemption is limited to the specific amount of equity in the home as of the petition date. Wilson v. Rigby, No. 17-35716, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33234 (9th Cir. Nov. 27, 2018). The panel distinguished this case from other Ninth Circuit homestead exemptions which allow a debtor to amend a homestead exemption to capture a post-petition increase in value.In a 2-1 decision, the panel held that the debtor’s exemption is limited to the specific amount of equity in the home as of the petition date.  Wilson v. Rigby, No. 17-35716, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33234 (9th Cir. Nov. 27, 2018). The panel distinguished this case from other Ninth Circuit homestead exemptions which allow a debtor to amend a homestead exemption to capture a post-petition increase in value.

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An integral part of NACBA’s mission is enhancing the ability of its members to represent their clients effectively by holding […]

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