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When Does a Purchase Money Security Interest Trump an Existing UCC-1 Blanket Asset Lien?

July 11, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

When a Purchase Money Security Interest (PMSI) trumps an existing UCC-1 blanket asset lien depends upon whether the creditor perfected its PMSI during the required time period under Florida law in order to receive priority status over previously recorded blanket liens. Under Florida law, that priority period is within twenty days of the collateral being delivered to the debtor. Fla. Stat. § 679.324(1) (2012). If the creditor fails to perfect its PMSI during the statutorily provided period, it cannot gain priority status over another creditor’s previously perfected blanket security interest. In re Alphatech Systems, Inc., 317 F.3d 1267, 1269 (11th Cir. 2003). This Blog post seeks to analyze those circumstances where a lender seeks to prime an existing UCC-1 with their PMSI.

Appointment of Receivers in Debt Collection: A Brief Overview of Pro’s and Con’s

July 9, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Very often in a debt collection action, whether a breached contract, defaulted secured note or otherwise, there will be a debtor who is trying to deplete corporate assets (frequently real property) before the inevitable judgment can be rendered. Sometimes depletion isn’t intentional, it is just a byproduct of the business judgment issues that created the problem in the first place. In those circumstances where assets are being wasted, and many more, creditors should consider seeking the appointment of a state court receiver. Receivers can serve as watchdogs for the business, ensuring that status quo is maintained so that the creditors are able to recover whatever assets may remain with an orderly liquidation. In the matters we handle for lenders (and other creditors), receivers come in very handy in the active management of the collateral properties. Appointment of receivers is not a remedy for every case, however, as it often has just as many challenges associated as it does benefits. This Blog post seeks to explore those benefits and drawbacks.

Collecting Accounts Receivable Part III: Obtaining a Judgment Against a Delinquent Customer

June 19, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

This Blog is Part III in a series of Blogs designed to provide business owners with a high-level overview of the legal process for collecting on past-due accounts receivables. Specifically, Part III focuses on the actions a business owner should take immediately upon obtaining a final judgment against a delinquent customer.

Collecting Accounts Receivable Part II: Commencing Legal Action Against Delinquent Customers

June 5, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

This Blog is Part II in a series of Blogs designed to provide business owners with a high-level overview of the legal process for collecting on past-due accounts receivables. Specifically, Part II focuses on commencing legal action against delinquent customers once it’s become apparent that pre-suit collection efforts are futile.

Bankruptcy Treatment of a Security Interest in an Insurance Policy

June 3, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Insurance Industry Legal Blog

It is common knowledge that when a person or business files for bankruptcy, the end result is typically a discharge of debts. The bankruptcy debtor will no longer be personally responsible for payment of the outstanding debts. However, a security interest in real property remains, such as a lien created by a mortgage on a home. But what happens to a security interest in something more intangible, like insurance proceeds?

Contractual Post-Judgment Interest

May 21, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Many creditors have default interest provisions in their contract documents. The highest rate allowable under Florida law for these default provisions is 18% per annum or 1.5% per month. However, creditors almost never address post judgment interest in their contract documents. Such omission leaves them at the mercy of the interest rate set forth in Section 55.03, which states:

Considerations for Filing Multiple Bankruptcy Actions or Re-Filing a Bankruptcy Action After Dismissal

May 6, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

There are numerous provisions built into the Bankruptcy Code which restrain a debtor from abusing the system by filing for bankruptcy over and over again. This includes periods of time in which filing is barred and an inability to obtain multiple discharges during a specified length of time, to name a few. Further, dismissal of a bankruptcy action may have a negative impact on the debtor and provide some relief for creditors in a future action.

Can a Private Creditor Garnish the IRS for an Income Tax Refund?

April 19, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Isn’t tax season a wonderful time for creditors seeking to collect on a judgment? A time when all that money flowing from the federal government to debtors could go straight into your pocket. Or can it? Can you garnish the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in order to take that refund check before the debtor gets a hold of it and the money disappears?

Banking Liability and Avoidance of Check Scams: Enforcing Deposit Agreements When Customers Have Been Defrauded by Nigerian Check Scams

March 22, 2013 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Stop me if you have heard this one: An attorney receives a call from a desperate potential new client. Somehow the business transaction this international client was dealing with has hit an unexpected bump in the road, and because the client is dealing with an international business set here in the U.S., the situation now requires the fine eye of an experienced business litigation attorney. The company the new client claims he works for and the debtor checks out so the attorney draws up representation papers and accepts the new client. Within no time at all the client calls and informs his lawyer a settlement to be paid to the lawyer’s trust account within days. Time is of the essence, and the client convinces the lawyer it needs the money wired as soon as the lawyer receives the money order or cashier’s check.

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