Will Your Junior Lien Be Stripped?

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the anti-modification provision of 11 USC 1322 does not prevent junior liens that are completely “underwater,” from being stripped, regardless of whether or not the creditor filed a proof of claim. In Burkhart v. Grigsby, 886 F.3d 434 (2018), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that whether or not a Chapter 13 debtor may strip off mortgage liens is decided by the application of 11 USC § 1322(b) and not 11 USC §506(d).