New Bill Would Offer Advantages to “Medically Distressed” Debtors By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky  – Columbia River Law Group   On June 12, 2014, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced Senate Bill 2471, the “Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014”. …
Are Debt Buyers Responsible For Driving Consumers Into Bankruptcy? By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group   I recently came across an interesting article challenging the conventional wisdom about why people file for bankruptcy.  Most people, myself included, have…

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Double Standards in Bankruptcy By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group   A recent editorial in the New York Times highlighted a glaring double standard in bankruptcy cases, one pitting the interests of banks, corporations, and large municipalities against…
Older Vehicle Deduction No Longer Available For Above-Median Chapter 13 Debtors… By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel issued an opinion (In re Luedtke) last month holding that “above-median” Chapter 13 debtors may
Divorce and Bankruptcy – More Strange “Bedfellows” By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group   Last month, I posted an article entitled Inheritances and Bankruptcy – Strange “Bedfellows” outlining the odd intersection between inheritances and bankruptcy.  This month I…
Inheritances and Bankruptcy – Strange “Bedfellows” By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group American essayist and editor Charles Dudley Warner once observed that “politics makes strange bedfellows”, meaning that the political process sometimes unites people assumed to have nothing…
Supreme Court Rules on What Constitutes “Defalcation” By a Fiduciary By:  Michael R. Blaskowsky, Columbia River Law Group The Bankruptcy Code embodies the “fresh start” principle, the idea that people who have made mistakes in their financial lives, or who…
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