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How Long Does a Chapter 13 take. Terry Bankert Flint Bankruptcy Attorney 235-1970

Time Line for Chapter 13 Proceedings

§2.6   Before a Chapter 13 case is filed it is essential to have an understanding of the time line of the case and to provide that information to the client. After the filing of any petition in bankruptcy, a meeting of creditors is scheduled by the court 25 to 45 days later. This is commonly referred to as the “section 341 meeting,” since it is based on 11 USC 341. The debtor, debtor’s counsel, and creditors will receive notification of the creditors’ hearing and the confirmation hearing from the court. A standing trustee is appointed in every Chapter 13 case immediately upon its filing. Payments must commence to the trustee within 30 days of the filing of the petition.

All creditors must be served with a copy of the Chapter 13 plan setting forth their treatment under the plan. Creditors who wish to challenge their treatment under the plan must file objections to confirmation. See LBR 3015-3(a)(1) (ED Mich).

Payments to creditors from the trustee commence on entry of an order of confirmation and will be made in monthly disbursements based on priority. See 11 USC 1326. Creditors who wish to receive distributions must file a proof of claim within 90 days of the date of the meeting of creditors. Bankruptcy Rule 3002(c). Debtors may file proofs of claims on the creditors’ behalf should they fail to do so. 11 USC 501(c). Depending on the classification of claims, the Chapter 13 plan may limit the size of a secured claim or the rate of interest allowed.

The debtor’s plan length will be at least 36 months (and may be less only when proposing to pay creditors in full) and may not exceed 60 months. See 11 USC 1325(b)(4). The means test (§2.10) will designate whether a three- or five-year commitment period is required, based on income level.

On completion of all payments under the plan the trustee will file a notice of completion of the case with the court triggering the issuance of a discharge if no objections are filed to the trustee’s notice and the debtor has filed all required documents with the court evidencing completion of the financial management course and affidavits attesting that all domestic support obligations are up to date. Assuming no objections to the notice of final completion, the court will issue the debtor’s discharge. A final report will be issued by the trustee once the final accounting is available. See 11 USC 1328.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Walling Farner and a Key

Rock legend Mark Farner to greet local fans and receive key to the city
by Scott Atkinson The Flint Journal
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 5:20 PM
FLINT, Michigan — Attention rock fans: Grab your Grand Funk gear.
Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Flint Native and former Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farner will be at PD's Pub in Grand Blanc Township to sign autographs and just hang out with fans.
"I encourage people to come out and bring their old memorabilia and things like that," co-owner of PD's, Dave Donahue, said.
The event, which Donahue describes as a "meet and greet" won't be the last chance for fans to see the rock star -- who will be receiving a special honor while he's here.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, Farner will be at the new 501 Bar & Grill in downtown Flint to receive the key to the city, presented by Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
Farner was originally scheduled to receive the key on Thursday at PD's, but Flint Revival, Inc. President Lynn Sorenson, who is organizing the concert, said Walling wanted to present the key in within the city.
"I wanted to do something to recognize his contribution to the city," Walling said. "It's important for today's kids to see that people from Flint have gone on to do great things all about the country and the world."
The Saturday concert at Atwood Stadium begins at 10 a.m. and will feature a new local band every hour until 7 p.m., when Farner will take the stage.


Farner at the PUB

Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner comes home, greeted by crowds at autograph signing
by Ebony Franklin The Flint Journal
Thursday August 13, 2009, 9:19 PM
Ryan Garza The Flint JournalDawn Gray, 39, of Swartz Creek, rests on the bar as her husband Dell takes a picture while musician Mark Farner signs her shirt on Thursday at PD's Pub in Flint during a meet and greet to promote his concert this Saturday at Atwood Stadium in Flint. 'It was awesome. I can't believe he signed my shirt,' said Gray. 'I'm going to get home, take it off and probably frame it.'
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- Grand Funk Railroad's lead guitarist, Mark Farner, signed autographs at PD's Pub in Grand Blanc Township Thursday night as fans mingled and celebrated his return home.
The parking lot was packed before the 6 p.m. start time as more than 100 fans showed up to show their support to the rock legend. For many, meeting Farner was a dream come true.
"My favorite song (Inside Looking Out) was released on the day I was born and I wish I was old enough to have seen them when they first started out," said Dawn Gary, 39, of Swartz Creek. Fans enjoyed music by Grand Funk Railroad, snapped pictures, and sipped drinks while waiting for their turn to meet Farner. The Pub was littered with people wearing Grand Funk Railroad T-shirts and holding original 8 track records.

"This is a historic time. It may be better than the time his billboard was in Times Square," said Darla Pierson-Harvey, 54, of Goodrich. Harvey has been a fan since she was a little girl and was there to get a 1970 album autographed. "That's a great man. We follow Mark all the time," said Debbie Wilson, 55, of Otter Lake. She got a copy of Farner's first record autographed. Farner put his signature on everything from notebook paper to guitars and old T-shirts. Many fans described him as a down-to-earth guy who's really nice. "This is like a family reunion. There's so many people I haven't seen for years and the love of music always brings us back together," said Farner. "In almost 61 years of living I've found that love is unconditional. And that's the only thing that is."One T-shirt, bought by Garth Barcey, 58, of Grand Blanc, had turned a light tan and was a little tattered. But it was worth holding on to."He's just a blue collar guy," said Barcey, who use to wear Flint, MI on his helmet during Vietnam. "Back then all the guys (soldiers) knew Grand Funk Railroad was from Flint and use to ask me questions about it."Not all of Farner's fans were in their 50s. Rachel Fogelsonger, 22, of Flushing and Robert Jackson, 21, of Flint Township wanted autographs too."I sing his songs at karoke," said Fogelsonger. "It's pretty cool that he comes to a small place like Flint to do this."
Farner is celebrating 40 years of funk this year. He will receive the key to the city Friday at 501 Bar and Grill in downtown Flint and perform at Atwood stadium on Saturday. Flint Revival Inc. President Lynn Sorenson, organizer of Saturday's concert, said Farner "came to town early for family, but he was nice enough to commit to this."


Farner on WKUF

Last weekend, Mark Farner completed one of his personal career goals. Farner, former Grand Funk Railroad front man, played to his hometown crowd at Atwood Stadium on Saturday. The homecoming started on Friday when he was given the key to the city by the Mayor. He then went to his sound check and then went to Kettering University for his interview on the WKUF LP 94.3 show, The Butcher Shop.
The Butcher Brothers, RT and Metal Mike, presented Mr. Farner with his “honorary” meat cleaver while Mr. Farner graciously signed autographs for several of the staff and visitors to the station. This Rock Patriot presented some of his merchandise for the radio staff. As he told RT, “I do not put my name on anything that is not made and assembled in America”. With CDs like “For the People” and “Red, White, & Blue”, Mark practices what he preaches.
There were approximately 3,000 in attendance at the stadium on Saturday. Mark Farner was joined by guests Bobby Jean Colwell, Curtis Johnson, Dennis Bellinger, and Craig Frost. He was also supported by his band keyboardist Karl Propst, bassist Lawrence Buckner and drummer Hubert Crawford. The event was all ages with many Mark Farner fans bringing their grandchildren to the event.
Fans enjoyed some of the local bands earlier in the afternoon such as Last Warning, Lil’ Miss Dangerous, Forte, and Dr. Payne. The response was especially positive to a community that needed to enjoy the success of their home grown talent.
“This was the biggest gig of my career”, said Tom Ginter, drummer for Forte. “This was also the biggest venue I have ever played.”
It was an incredible weekend for everyone that was involved. I would especially like to thank Mark and Lesia Farner for one of the best interviews so far for WKUF LP. You were the highlight of our year and I don’t think my sister in law has let go of her signed yellow vinyl record of “An American Band” since Friday night!
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mamalu says:
The best night ever. I was able to meet a rock legend. I was also able to observe the professional staff at the radio station.Very impressed.....
August 18, 7:42 PM
Cruizinsuezin says:
The Mark Farner "Inner-View" was definitely the most defining I've ever heard!I don't know if it was Mark being at home or what. Very personal stuff was shared, very cool.Great job!

Day-long car show and concert culminates Flint's 'Bricks' festivities

Day-long car show and concert culminates Flint's 'Bricks' festivities

By Joel Feick
FLINT (WJRT) -- (08/15/09) -- On the fifth and final night of Back to the Bricks in downtown Flint, music filled the air around the city's most historic stadium.
A day-long concert at Atwood Stadium started at 11 a.m. and culminated with a concert by 60-year-old Flint native Mark Farner.
Farner gained fame as the lead singer for Grand Funk Railroad and later went onto perform as a contemporary Christian artist.
But before Farner took the stage, ten other bands rocked the historic stadium that's been rOf course, classic cars were also on display all day as organizers saved the biggest and best for last. Saturday was a day-long classic car show on the bricks. Hundreds of cars lined up along Saginaw Street in downtown Flint, presenting the opportunity to get up close and personal with plenty of classic rides.
There was also lots of food, shopping and free music to enjoy.
With massive crowds and traffic downtown, plenty of police officers were also on hand to help with crowd control. Turnout was so big this year that the Burton Police Department stepped in to help move things along.
Flint Police say 50,000 people walked through downtown Flint just on Saturday. Officers say there have been a few disturbances to report, but they're mostly playing it safe. They asked the crowds to do the same. ecently refurbished, giving music lovers a perfect way to end the automobile event


Farner delights hometown crowd

REVIEW (WJRT) -- Though he grew up just blocks away from Flint's historic Atwood Stadium, "The Rock Patriot" Mark Farner and his Grand Funk comrades never played a concert at the 11,000-seat local football haven.
Of course, it wasn't for lack of desire on Farner's part.
"I've always wanted to play Atwood Stadium," he said. "I told the guys back in the day we need to go back to Flint and Grand Funk needs to play Atwood Stadium. But it just never happened."
Farner never forgot his roots, however, and was more than happy to serve as the grand finale of Back to the Bricks and the city's newly titled Flint Revival Celebration. A day-long classic car show and concert set had all of downtown Flint in full party mode and the carnival-like While some concerts are known as much for their overpriced concessions as their musical experience, vendors at Atwood were mindful of their community's current economic climate. Bottles of water were priced at $1, Little Caesar's offered slices of pie for $1.25, and of course, hot dogs, french fries and cotton candy could be had for reasonable prices as well.
Local restaurants used the opportunity to drum up some business too. Mike's Triple Grille and Flushing's Roaring 20's Ice Cream Parlor were just a sampling of businesses who jumped at the chance to put their name front-and-center at a true rock 'n roll legend's concert.
And though Farner has played to much larger crowds, including a sold-out Shea Stadium in 1971, he seemed somewhat giddy and anxious before his gig in downtown Flint, proclaiming that "this is going to be the best concert of my life."
After letting his bandmates get settled, Farner ran onto the stage at Atwood shortly after his scheduled start time and jumped right into the aptly named "Are You Ready" while making sure to blow kisses to his hometown crowd. His purple and blue tie-dyed, sleeveless tank and snug blue jeans were a welcome sight to Farner's funky fans, which included Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, who found himself a seat in the second row.
Walling, who presented Farner with a key to the city on Friday, said before the show that he was dedicated to changing Flint's tarnished image. While Farner is almost certainly in favor of returning Flint to its glory days, he made it clear that there is no changing necessary when it comes to its musical effigy.
"It's good to be home," he told the crowd. "The city of Flint is really...the city of funk."
While the crowd was still buzzing from his opening number, Farner made sure to keep up the pace with "Rock & Roll Soul" and "Footstompin' Music." The crowd followed suit and amped up their excitement as the rhythm of the beating drums and pulsing bass took hold of the entire stadium. You know you are at a rock show when your heartbeat abandons its normal pulsation and instead takes on the beat of the bass line.
Farner continued to play to the crowd, tossing his wristband and his guitar pick to random, lucky fans. Though it was unclear if he was sweating more from the lights or Saturday's uncomfortable heat and humidity, Farner never broke stride. And as the sun went down, the lights shone brighter while he made sure to hit on all the Grand Funk classics.
"We're An American Band" was early on the playlist, with Farner adding "We're an American band from Flint, Michigan." And as the show went on, his crowd grew livelier. Though some were happy with their seats in the bleachers at the 50-yard-line, much of the crowd realized that was prime real estate only at football games, and chose instead to pack the AstroTurf between the 20s.
Farner made sure to bear witness to the crowd by mentioning his faith in God -- he's a "cussin' Christian" -- which seemed appropriate given his foray into contemporary Christian music. He also let his fans know that he believes in the power of prayer, confiding in them that he asked his Lord, "God, please don't let us suck," before the show.
With God and everyone else on his side, Farner and his bandmates continued belting out hit after hit. Even former Grand Funk mate Craig Frost made some appearances to help out, and tunes like "Shinin' On" and "Mean Mistreater" got fans ready for a stretch run that was sure to leave everyone wanting more.
The 1975 mega-hit "Bad Time" got the crowd moving and swaying, which is where you could really tell that this wasn't Farner's first rock show. While the audience still had their dancing shoes on, he urged them to do "The Loco-Motion." And of course, they responded in kind.
The train winded its way through the crowd in front of the stage, and while I'm not saying some took advantage of the dance to gain a better vantage point, I will say that the VIP section was noticeably fuller once the song ended.
"Some Kind of Wonderful" followed and included the biggest audience participation moment of the night so far, with the crowd nearly drowning Farner out with the lyrics "Can I get a witness?" at the song's bridge.
Farner then thanked his hometown crowd and called it a night, though very few fans made their way to the exits. Shouts of "encore" began almost immediately, so Farner wasted no time appeasing them. It's not like we didn't know he had one more song left in him. Were they really going to sell T-shirts with "I'm Your Captain" printed on them and not play the song?
It turned out to be the perfect choice for an encore as Farner and his crowd -- which had a fascinating rapport throughout the night -- brought the evening to a climax as they both eased into the song's soothing "I'm getting closer to my home" lyrics. It sounded so flawless that you would swear Farner practiced it with the crowd before the show.
Fans who showed up at Atwood Stadium on Saturday night hoping little had changed in Farner's act or his funky rhythms did not leave disappointed. This was not a farewell tour, and if you wished to be so bold, you might even say it was just an opening act. Farner and his loyal crowd together showed that this homecoming could certainly work as a yearly event.
It may not have been 185,000 at Shea, and promoters may have actually expected a bigger crowd than they received, but the hometown feel is what was truly special -- and what is truly worth repeating. atmosphere at Atwood seemed perfect for Farner's homecoming.
REVIEW (WJRT) -- Though he grew up just blocks away from Flint's historic Atwood Stadium, "The Rock Patriot" Mark Farner and his Grand Funk comrades never played a concert at the 11,000-seat local football haven.
Of course, it wasn't for lack of desire on Farner's part.
"I've always wanted to play Atwood Stadium," he said. "I told the guys back in the day we need to go back to Flint and Grand Funk needs to play Atwood Stadium. But it just never happened."
Farner never forgot his roots, however, and was more than happy to serve as the grand finale of Back to the Bricks and the city's newly titled Flint Revival Celebration. A day-long classic car show and concert set had all of downtown Flint in full party mode and the carnival-like atmosphere at Atwood seemed perfect for Farner's homecoming.