Lien Stripping in Consumer Bankruptcy
Bringing or Defending Actions to Avoid Junior Mortgage Liens
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
Conducted on Thursday, November 8, 2012
Recorded event now available
This CLE webinar will provide bankruptcy counsel with a review of how junior mortgage liens can be stripped in consumer bankruptcies, discuss defenses available to the lender to preserve the lien, and outline various litigation approaches for both sides.
With many home mortgages underwater, debtors in consumer bankruptcy are aggressively seeking to shed second or third mortgages via “lien stripping.”
In Chapter 13 bankruptcies, a junior mortgage no longer secured by the property’s equity may be stripped. The junior mortgage becomes part of the debtor’s unsecured debt and may be paid off through the Chapter 13 plan. At the end of the plan period, the remaining unsecured debt is discharged.
In a surprise ruling earlier this year, the 11th Circuit allowed debtors to strip off wholly unsecured liens from homes in a Chapter 7 case. Mortgage lenders have several viable defenses to preserve the mortgage lien and tactics to put roadblocks in the path of the debtor seeking to strip the lien.
Listen as our authoritative panel of consumer bankruptcy practitioners provides counsel with knowledge to represent debtors seeking to strip junior liens and to defend mortgage lenders seeking to preserve their liens.
Debtor’s ability to strip junior mortgage liens
- Chapter 13 requirements
- Adversary proceedings
- Chapter 7 bankruptcy options, including In Re McNeal (11th Cir. May 2012)
- Litigation tactics
Mortgage lender defenses
- Litigation tactics
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What circumstances permit the debtor to strip a junior lien in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
- What options are available to debtors in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
- What are the lender’s most viable defenses?
- When may an adversary proceeding be necessary to strip a junior lien?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
Monette W. Cope, Junior Partner
Weltman Weinberg & Reis,
She practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy and Commercial Bankruptcy Groups. She is also involved in the Integrated Real Estate Default Group. She began her bankruptcy career in Chicago and has extensive experience in bankruptcy-related matters, particularly in Chapter 13 bankruptcies.
Stephen M. Trezza, Principal
Arizona Law Group of Trezza & Associates,
He concentrates on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is a member of the Tucson Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Consumer Law Center.
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The presentation was detailed and I very much liked the fact that we heard from both a debtor and a creditor's counsel on the subject.
Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks
I liked the strategic tips regarding defending against lien stripping in Chapter 20 cases.
Carol A. Glick, Esq.
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman
The presentations provided great insight.
Pabian & Russell
I liked that the speakers had great knowledge of the topic and presented it with ease without making it overly complicated or rushing through the material.
Laura S. Brooks
Law Office of Laura S. Brooks
The program slides were very helpful as was the live Q/A at the end.
Winston & Strawn
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Board
Blank Rome LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
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