Attorney General Six Gives Foreclosure Advice – Get Attorney, Learn Options

Kansas Attorney General Stephen N. Six issued the following statement on home mortgage foreclosure this week, urging people facing foreclosure to seek help from an attorney.

Home foreclosure is a growing problem in Kansas and across the nation. Mortgage fraud and subprime lending have left many homeowners stuck with home loans they can no longer afford.

My office recently convened a task force to investigate this problem. Consumer advocates met with representatives from lending and real estate industries to determine ways we can stem the tide of home foreclosure in Kansas. [Read more…]

Board Certification Renewed for Jill Michaux

ABCJill Michaux has earned recertification in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She was awarded her 15 year pin as a consumer bankruptcy specialist.

She was the first Kansas lawyer to be board certified in consumer bankruptcy law. Her partner, Mark Neis, was second. Today, they are the only board certified consumer bankruptcy specialists in Topeka and two of ten in Kansas.

Board certification means that Jill has met rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated expertise in consumer bankruptcy law. She goes the extra mile to keep current on bankruptcy law changes by attending national seminars, participating in daily e-mail updates and by attending several times the hours of continuing legal education required by Kansas.

You expect certification from your doctor – expect it from your lawyer too. Hiring an attorney with expertise in any specialized field of law, such as bankruptcy, can be a bewildering experience. As a client, you want to make sure your attorney is experienced in consumer bankruptcy law. Choosing a board certified specialist in one way to make sure.

Can't Add Your Spouse to Your Individual Bankruptcy Case Later

Your spouse does not have to file bankruptcy with you in Kansas, but make sure you don’t want to file a joint case, because you can’t add your spouse to the case later.

Judge Dale L. Somers denied an attempt by a debtor to add her spouse two months after she filed her case by amending her petition filed with the Court. In Re Cheryl R. Daly, 07-22628-13, (Bankr. D.Kan. 01-28-2007).

It would be possible for the nonfiling spouse to file his own case and then consolidate the two cases for administration.

More Kansans Can Qualify for Bankruptcy Help with Increased Income Allowances

The Kansas income guidelines for the bankruptcy means test go up February 1, 2008.

Kansas Median Family Income by Family Size for Bankruptcy Cases Filed on or After February 1, 2008,

  • 1 earner……….$38,594
  • 2 persons……..$52,989
  • 3 persons …….$58,075
  • 4 persons …….$69, 831
  • 5 persons …….$76,731
  • 6 persons …….$83,631
  • Add $6,900 for each additional individual

Wieland Named U.S. Trustee for Kansas

Richard Wieland

Richard Wieland

Richard A. Wieland has been named U.S. Trustee for Region 20, which covers Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Wieland has been serving as acting Region 20 U.S. Trustee since September 1, 2007. He is familiar to the Kansas bankruptcy bar, having been a trial lawyer in the Wichita office since 1988. When the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act was enacted in 2005, he played a pivotal role in implementing the consumer credit counseling and debtor financial management education requirements for the Executive Office of the U.S. Trustee in Washington, D.C

The U.S. Trustee program is charged with overseeing bankruptcy case administration. Region 20 offices are headquartered in Wichita with additional offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Albuquerque.

Here is a link to the official EOUST press release.

1923 Disney Bankruptcy in Kansas City

Did you know Walt Disney’s Missouri company, Laugh O Gram Films, Inc., was forced into bankruptcy in Kansas City on October 4, 1923? Fellow blogger, Rachel Foley of www.kcbankruptcy.com, and lover of all things Disney, proudly displays the bankruptcy documents in her office.

As Rachel says, “Walt went into bankruptcy with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and came out the other side with Mickey Mouse.”