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William Stanley Kowal & Ramona Anne Kowal, Ch. 7, BK12-82897-TLS (Sept. 27, 2013)

The court granted the U.S. Trustee’s motion to dismiss this Chapter 7 case for abuse. The debtors are repaying a 401(k) loan, which is considered a “special circumstance” for rebutting the presumption of abuse. However, the loan will be paid off in 18 months, so those monthly payment amounts will be disposable income which would provide a significant payment to unsecured creditors. In addition, the potential fluctuations in the debtors’ income and expenses over the life of a Chapter 13 plan do not constitute “special circumstances” sufficient to rebut the presumption of abuse. Chapter 13 is designed to allow for plan modifications to accommodate changes in circumstances.

Friday, September 27, 2013