Martin Lewis Appointed to Chair Committee on Chapter 13 Plan Revision

In January 2017, Chief Judge Karen Specie for the Northern District of Florida appointed Martin Lewis to chair the committee in charge of revising and implementing a new Chapter 13 Plan to be used throughout the district.

During the last several years, the United States Congress has mandated that each State, and its various districts, implement a new form Chapter 13 Plan that can be used all over the country. Each district is allowed to formulate is own Chapter 13 Plan but it must comply with certain national requirements.

Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy having participated in thousands of these cases since he began practicing law in 1991. He has worked on other Chapter 13 committees including the one implementing the Mortgage Modification Mediation Program. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is typically used to help individuals and families reorganize their debts and develop a repayment plan that fits into their budget. Chapter 13 is often used to stop foreclosures, repossessions, and all types of collection activities including lawsuits and garnishments.

The committee consists of attorneys from Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville. Mr. Lewis states: “It is an honor to Chair this committee and work with attorneys from all over the District. The new plan will continue to assist people having financial problems. I am excited for our clients and all people going through the Chapter 13 process that we will have a new and improved form plan.”

The new form plan is now available for review and comment on the website of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida. It is anticipated that the new Chapter 13 Plan shall become effective December 1, 2017.