Thursday, December 18, 2008

Vehicle ownership deduction for means test

This is good news for debtors. Debtors are allowed to take the standard ownership deduction on the means test calculation for vehicles that are paid in full.
7th Circuit Cases
Civil - Bankruptcy
Ross-Tousey v. Neary, No. 07-2503 (12/17/08). Appeal, E.D. Wisc. Rev'd and rem'd.

Dist. Ct. erred in finding in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings that debtors who owned cars outright could not take Local Standard transportation ownership deduction for purposes of calculating means test under sec. 707(b)(2)(A)(ii)(I) when determining under Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act whether debtors must repay portion of their debt or whether debtors were entitled to complete discharge of debt. Debtors are entitled to said deduction, but remand was required to determine whether under totality of circumstances, debtors' financial situation demonstrated abuse under section 707(b)(30(B).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bankruptcy Offices around Chicago, Illinois

With the coming new year, we anticipate a surge in business. After all, holiday bills will be coming due, people will make New Year's resolutions to get their finances in order, not to mention tax refund time as well.

I wanted to announce the opening of our new Joliet office location.
16 W. Van Buren, Suite 303, Joliet, IL 6043, which is just down from the Joliet Bankruptcy courtroom. We offer free consultations, so don't hesitate to contact us for a free legal evaluation.

Our other office locations:

20 E. Jackson Blvd. Suite 850 Chicago, IL

10540 S. Western Ave Suite 402 Chicago, IL

2025 S. Arlington Heights Rd. Ste. 113 Arlington Heights, IL 60005

3333 W. Warrenville, Rd. Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60532

228 N. Genesee St. Suite 205, Waukegan, IL 60085

16 W. Van Buren, Suite 303, Joliet, IL 60432