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Rooney's stepson files for Chapter 7

A shocking development this week in the case of Mickey Rooney's stepson, who was accused of pilfering millions from the famed star's accounts. The man was facing criminal allegations in connection with an elder abuse case, which accused the man and his wife of taking money from the actor after they took over control of his financial and personal affairs. Even though people in Pennsylvania file bankruptcy for a variety of reasons, the couple in this case is seeking Chapter 7 protection in the wake of a civil suit in the case. They claim that they do not have the money to pay back $2.8 million that was allegedly taken from the elderly man's account.

In exchange, it appears that Rooney's attorneys are preparing to file a lawsuit against the pair's homeowner's insurance policy, which may provide an opportunity for settling the massive debt.

Rooney, whose acting career spans a period of eight decades, has also had a variety of other problems with his stepson, even filing a restraining order against the man and his wife in 2011. Official documents show that the actor was afraid for his physical safety. He also alleges that his stepson and that man's wife failed to give him medication and even food when they were in charge of his care. The couple assumed control of the now 93-year-old man's finances. Rooney alleges that they made him sign certain documents against his will, and the couple also forced him to make professional appearances that he did not approve.

The allegations against the pair demonstrate the flexibility of Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings in protecting clients from financial hardship. In this case, the couple knows they will struggle to pay the civil settlement proposed by Rooney's current advisers. As a result, they are seeking financial protection through the bankruptcy courts. Bankruptcy can provide financial relief in a variety of situations, not just because of credit card debt or other conventional money woes.

www.dailymail.co.uk, "Mickey Rooney's stepson declares bankruptcy after admitting he owes legendary actor $2.8 million in elder abuse case settlement" No author given, Oct. 16, 2013

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