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Statewide bankruptcy filings slip 1% over course of year


Bankruptcy filings in Hawaii dipped last month, led by a nearly 4 percent drop in Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation cases.

The 288 total filings were down 1 percent from 291 a year ago.

Chapter 13 filings, which homeowners can use to prevent a foreclosure, increased nearly 14 percent to 58. Chapter 13 is for personal bankruptcies in which a wage earner can work out a repayment plan with lenders over three to five years.


Bankruptcy filings in February decreased from a year ago:

2011 2010 PCT. CHANGE
Chapter 7 230 239 -3.8%
Chapter 11 0 1 -100%
Chapter 13 58 51 +13.7%
Total 288 291 -1.0%

» Chapter 7: Liquidation
» Chapter 11: Business reorganization
» Chapter 13: Individuals with regular sources of income set up plans to pay creditors over time.

Source: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii

"People come to see me, very often, because they’re going to be foreclosed upon," said Lisa Volquardsen, a Kona-based bankruptcy attorney.

"Banks don’t want to" modify loans because "it is costly and takes a lot of resources. … The banks created the situation, and they should do something to get people out of this mess," said Volquardsen.

The federal government’s efforts to reduce foreclosures "hasn’t worked out … and this comes from a person who supports (President Barack) Obama," said Ry Barbin, an attorney specializing in bankruptcies and financial workouts. "As long as we’ve got these foreclosures, I really don’t see the economy coming back."

No businesses filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last month, but two neighbor island businesses, Big Island-based Typhoon Security Technology Inc. and Maui-based A Tropical Enhancement Landscape LLC, filed for Chapter 7.


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