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In re Allen

United States Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

August 1, 2013

IN RE: Doris Allen, CHAPTER 13 DEBTOR(S).
v.
HSBC Doris Allen, Plaintiff(s), Adversary No. 13-00238

FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

JACK B. SCHMETTERER, Bankruptcy Judge.

Following entry of default judgment, the following facts and conclusions of law will be made and entered:

Findings of Fact:

1. The Debtor, Doris Allen, filed Chapter 13 Bankruptcy on October 28, 2012. The Debtor owns her home at 3810 Marshall Court, Bellwood IL 60104. This property is the Plaintiff's primary residence. The Debtor scheduled the value of her residence at $73, 615. The home is subject to a first mortgage with HSBC and also a junior mortgage also with HSBC.

2. The amount of the first mortgage with HSBC is $77, 000 and the amount of the junior mortgage with HSBC is $23, 609.

3. On October 28, 2012 a Chapter 13 plan was filed providing for payment by the Debtor to the Trustee for 60 months with unsecured creditors receiving 17% of their timely filed claims paying $240 per month for 60 months.

4. The secured claim of HSBC in the position of the first mortgage, in an amount of at least $77, 000, exhausts the equity in the Debtor's residence, and there is no equity to support the claim of the second mortgage that is held by HSBC.

5. The amount owed on the first mortgage, approximately $77, 000, exceeds the value of the above real estate, $73, 615.

6. This Adversary proceeding arises under sections 502 and 506 of the Bankruptcy Code.

7. This Court has Jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. 1334.

Conclusions of Law:

1. The claim of HSBC, in the position of the first mortgage, in an amount of at least $77, 000 is secured by a first priority lien in the Debtors' residence.

2. The junior mortgage that HSBC holds in the amount of $23, 609 is second in priority, junior to the priority lien that HSBC holds since they are holding a first priority lien.

3. Under 11 U.S.C. ยง 506(a) Defendant's junior mortgage would be allowed a secured claim to the extent of the value of the of the estate's interest in the property securing the claim and Defendant's lien ...


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