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Case Number Opinion Summary ( date sorted) sort ascending
David E. Rice
12-24779
12-24779-DER ANGELA MARIA MARTISE
Mar 19, 2013

Court limited the amount of reasonable fees for a bankruptcy petition preparer's services to $100 of the fee charged by him to prepare petition and other filings in a straightforward Chapter 7 case but found that an additional $75 charged for lease preparation and dispute resolution with a utility service was not related to the preparation of the bankruptcy filing and was not subject to review or approval by the court. Although the evidence presented indicated that an additional $150 was paid to a third party associated with the bankruptcy petition preparer for educational services and advice regarding the bankruptcy and that such services may be in violation of section 110 as well as an unauthorized practice of law, the court found that the third party was not on notice that her fees were at issue in the hearing and refrained from ordering her fees disgorged without prejudice to the right of the U.S. Trustee to seek such relief by separate motion.

David E. Rice
12-29668
In re: Wendy Marie Frazier
Feb 20, 2013

Bankruptcy petition preparer was ordered to disgorge all but $100 of the fee charged by her to prepare petition and other filings in no-asset Chapter 7 case. Since a bankruptcy petition preparer's services are limited to typing and transcribing, $300 was not "reasonable" per 11 U.S.C. Section 110 for preparing a routine Chapter 7 filing when typing services generally charge an hourly rate of not more than $35.

David E. Rice
11-27305
In re Gary F. Sweitzer and Susan M. Sweitzer
Aug 22, 2012

Counsel for Debtors: Jeffrey P. Nesson
Counsel for Real Time Resolutions, Inc.: Richard Rogers
Counsel for Chapter 13 Trustee: Susan Scanlon

The debtors filed what is known as a “Chapter 20” case; a chapter 13 case in which they are ineligible for a discharge due to receiving a chapter 7 discharge within the preceding four-year period. During the “Chapter 20” case, the debtors avoided a second, wholly unsecured, lien on their residence. They then filed an objection to the claim of the creditor, Real Time Resolutions, Inc., on the grounds that the in personam rights of the creditor had been discharged in a prior chapter 7 case and, therefore, the creditor was not entitled to treatment as an unsecured creditor in their chapter 13 plan. The Bankruptcy Court, David E. Rice, J., sustained the objection, holding that after avoidance of its fully unsecured lien, the creditor did not hold any in personam or other rights against the debtors that were allowable as an unsecured claim for purposes of distributions under a chapter 13 plan in a “Chapter 20” case.