Law Offices of Steven K. Brown
Attorney At Law
Bankruptcy Newsletter
Employment Termination Based on Debtor Status
 
The law provides express prohibitions against discriminatory treatment of debtors by both governmental units and private employers. A governmental unit or private employer may not discriminate against a person solely because the person was a debtor, was insolvent before or during the case, or has not paid a debt that was discharged in the case. More...
 
Use, Sale, or Lease of Property
 
The Bankruptcy Code governs the use, sale, or lease of property in bankruptcy. The trustee may use, sell, or lease the property of the estate other than in the ordinary course of business only after notice and a hearing. If the business of the debtor is authorized to be operated under Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13, the trustee or debtor-in-possession may, without notice or hearing, use, sell, or lease property of the estate in the ordinary course of business. More...
 
Special Issues Involving Community Property in Bankruptcy
 
In general, each spouse owns an undivided one-half interest in community property. All property owned by a spouse is presumed to be community property. A person having a community property interest in an asset may be able to transfer the entire asset or no interest in the asset at all, depending on his or her management rights under state law. If the community property asset can be unilaterally transferred to a third party, the transferor spouse receives the proceeds of the sale as community property, and the third party receives the asset unencumbered by any interest of the spouse of the transferor. The third party does not own the asset as community property with the transferor's spouse. Only spouses can own community property.More...
 
Chapter 13 Postpetition Claims
 
Certain postpetition claims may be filed and allowed in a Chapter 13 case. This permits the same treatment of certain postpetition credit extended to the Chapter 13 debtor as for a prepetition claim for purposes of proof, allowance, and priority. More...
 
Estate Property
 
The commencement of a voluntary, joint, or involuntary bankruptcy petition automatically creates an "estate." The estate is comprised of all the property that is described in section 541 of the Bankruptcy Code. It includes all legal or equitable interests of the debtor in property, wherever located, as of the commencement of the case. To determine a debtor's rights in property, a court examines state law.More...
 
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