Shutts & Bowen LLP Partner Lauren Stricker authored the article “Florida Bankruptcy Courts Limit Florida Debtor’s Homestead Exemption” for the summer 2019 edition of Hillsborough County Bar Association’s LAWYER Magazine. Referencing two recent Florida bankruptcy cases and section 522(o) of the Bankruptcy Code, Lauren discusses the reduction of a Florida debtor’s homestead exemption under certain conditions.
Lauren’s article highlights how the Florida Constitution’s homestead exemption, which has seen historically “bullet-proof protection for homeowners against creditors,” has been subject to certain limits in two very recent Florida Bankruptcy Court decisions. According to the article, the reduction or elimination of homestead creditor protections have applied when such a homeowner is in bankruptcy and have “converted non-exempt assets into the home with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor.”
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About Lauren L. Stricker
Lauren L. Stricker is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Lauren represents individual and corporate clients in bankruptcy cases, commercial and criminal litigation, and government investigations. Her practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring, financial recovery and avoidance actions, corporate fraud, and white-collar cases.