Justices take certified question regarding dependents

The Indiana Supreme Court will determine what exactly the phrase “dependent upon such person” modifies. The high court accepted a certified question on the matter from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

The question is: “Under Indiana Code [section] 27-1-12-14(e), does the phrase ‘dependent upon such person’ modify only ‘any relative,’ or does the phrase modify ‘spouse,’ ‘children,’ and ‘any relative’?” The question arises in Matter of Dennis Alan Howell, Debtor, 14-30094. Briefs must be filed by June 20 in the matter, and extensions of time will only be granted in truly extraordinary circumstances, the Supreme Court emphasized.


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