A Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan can be tossed out by a judge if the person filing for protection fails to live up to their agreed upon schedule of payments. Celebrity singer T-Boz encountered this situation when her second Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan was tossed out by a judge.
Her bankruptcy case trustee requested this strong court action following apparently blatant moves by the singer to avoid making payments, not filing financial paperwork or attending required creditor meetings and not meeting other stipulations of her protection effort. The judge agreed, and now it looks like T-Boz will have to find another way to deal with her financial struggles.
This dismissal of bankruptcy filing by the court means the celebrity no longer benefits from protection of assets or cessation of collection efforts by creditors under Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws. The court findings stated that the singer willfully failed to live up to her bankruptcy agreements. She also was barred from filing any new Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the next 180 days.
When a client works out a detailed financial repayment plan with their bankruptcy attorney under Chapter 13 rules, it is essential that each and every point be adhered to by the filer. Failure to meet any or all of the stipulations in a case can jeopardize the entire deal. Failing to do this multiple times is an affront to the court system and punishment generally means throwing out the bankruptcy protection.
Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor receives protection from harassment by creditors and seizure of contested assets. They work with their bankruptcy attorney to create a management debt repayment plan. It is of the utmost importance that the debtor meets all requirements of their Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan in order to benefit from the protection in the long run.
The Wall Street Journal: “Judge Scrubs T-Boz’s Bankruptcy,” Jacqueline Palank, Feb. 13, 2012