Tag : Anna Nicole Smith

You Don’t Have to Be Insolvent To Be Bankrupt

Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Exemptions

Many mistakenly believe they must be completely broke to file bankruptcy and that simply is not true.  Do you remember the story of Vicky Lynn Marshall?  [aka: Anna Nicole Smith] Pierce Marshall, son of J. Howard Marshall [Anna’s husband before he passed], was a claimant to his father’s oil fortune.  He not only prevailed against […]

Jurisdiction Over Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy & Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy Law Overview

Jurisdiction (authority of the court to hear a case/matter) is conferred on the federal district courts by 28 U.S.C. §1334, while 28 U.S.C. §157 provides for the referral of bankruptcy matters from district courts to bankruptcy courts. Let’s focus on the bankruptcy court’s authority and what cases can be brought into bankruptcy.  There is good […]

How Stern v. Marshall is Interpreted in the 9th Circuit

Bankruptcy Law Overview

We’re still talking about Anna Nicole Smith long after her death in 2007 and courts are still rendering decisions from that famous battle over her billionaire husband’s estate that got dragged into a California Bankruptcy Court. The case moved all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Now, courts throughout the country are interpreting the […]

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