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Major changes coming in bankruptcy court Oct. 1

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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana is reminding practitioners that some amendments to local rules taking effect next month “may significantly impact” bankruptcy attorney practices.

Beginning Oct. 1, the court is shifting responsibility for distribution of most orders to the prevailing parties. The order will indicate what party should make the distribution and file a certificate of service.

Clerk Kevin P. Dempsey encourages attorneys to become familiar with the requirements that the movant distribute notice of certain motions, such as motions for turnover, motions to sell, and motions to settle/compromise. Sample forms, some of which combine the motion with the notice, are scheduled to be available Wednesday on the court’s website.

Also, the debtors’ bar will be required to distribute Chapter 13 plans after the original and the first and second amended plans, as well as to distribute any motion to modify a plan brought by the debtor.

Dempsey’s reminder is available on the court’s website.  Until the local rule amendments are posted Oct. 1, attorneys may read General Order 12-003 to view what changes will be in effect.  

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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