Client Wins $10,000 Judgment Against Creditor

A bankruptcy court today gave one of my bankruptcy clients a $10,000 judgment against one of his creditors for attempting to collect a debt after the entry of the debtor’s discharge. A key part of my client’s success was his detailed documentation of collection letters and calls as well as my own repeated written warnings to the creditor.

After the entry of the Chapter 7 discharge one of the creditors made several collection calls to the client/debtor. I wrote a warning letter to the creditor reminding it of penalties for collection of debts after discharge. The creditor sent bills and letters. I wrote another warning letter. Collection continued.

Seeing my letters being ignored I filed a Motion for sanctions and attorneys fees against the creditor. The creditor representative then wrote a letter of apology promising that there would be no more calls. Even after the apology and promise the creditor continued calling my client and even left a threatening voice mail message.

In court, my client produced “screen shots” from his cell phone showing phone calls from a phone number that matched the creditor’s phone. The judge was also very interested in listening to my client’s recording of the collection voice mail that was recorded with date and time of call. Continue reading

Reverse Piercing of Corporate Veil

Sometimes a creditor with a cause of action against a corporation will try to “pierce the veil” of the corporation to hold liable the owners of the company if the creditor believes the owners have significant assets. There is a different concept called “reverse piercing” when a creditor will try to attack a corporation and its assets to satisfy a claim initially brought against the individual owners. Continue reading

Settlement of Student Loan Debt

There have been many news reports recently about the large amount of student loan debt burdening young people entering the workforce. Most people know that bankruptcy may not discharge student loan debt except in circumstances of “extreme hardship.” . I am often asked by clients or just blog readers for suggestions dealing with large amounts of student loan debt. Continue reading