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IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT


FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
AUSTIN DIVISION

In re §
§
LAWSON FAMILY TRUST § CASE NO. 10-10388-CG
§ Chapter 13
Debtor §

UNITED STATES TRUSTEE’S MOTION TO DISMISS CASE

TO THE HONORABLE CRAIG A. GARGOTTA, U.S. BANKRUPTCY JUDGE:

COMES NOW, CHARLES F. MCVAY, United States Trustee for Region 7 (“UST”),

through the undersigned counsel, and files this Motion to Dismiss Case and in support thereof,

respectfully shows the Court as follows:

1. The Lawson Family Trust (“Trust”) filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 13 of

Title 11, United States Code on February 16, 2010. Deborah B. Langehennig is the duly appointed

and serving trustee in this case. As of this date, the Trust has not filed Schedules of Assets and

Liabilities or its Statement of Financial Affairs. The Trust filed this petition pro se and is not

represented by counsel.

2. Bankruptcy Code section 101(13) defines “debtor” as a “person or municipality concerning

which a case under this title has been commenced.” Bankruptcy Code section 101(41) defines

“person” as including an “individual, partnership, and corporation. . . .” The Trust is not an

individual, nor is it a partnership or a corporation.

3. The Trust describes itself as a family trust on its petition. A non-business trust is not eligible to

be a debtor in a case under Title 11. See, e.g. In re Johnson , 82 B.R. 618 (Bkrtcy. S.D. Fla.

1988); In re McCarthy, 312 B.R. 412 (Bkrtcy. D. Nev. 2004); In re Intercorp Intern Ltd., 309 B.R.

686 (Bkrtcy. S.D. N.Y. 2004); In re Hughes Living Trust , 305 B.R. 59 (Bkrtcy. W.D. Okla.

2004).
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4. Because the Trust is not eligible to be a debtor in a case under Title 11, this case should be

dismissed.

WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, the United States Trustee prays that the Court

dismiss this case and grant such other and further relief to which the United States Trustee may

justly be entitled.

Respectfully submitted,

CHARLES F. MCVAY
UNITED STATES TRUSTEE

By: /s/ Valerie L. Wenger


Henry G. Hobbs, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Trustee
SBOT No. 0790116
Valerie L. Wenger
Trial Attorney
SBOT No. 21176300
903 San Jacinto Blvd., Rm. 230
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 916-5328
(512) 916-5331 (fax)
valerie.l.wenger@usdoj.gov
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that I forwarded a true and correct copy of the foregoing Motion to Dismiss
to the persons listed below by prepaid first class mail on this the 23rd day of February, 2010.

/s/ Valerie L. Wenger


Valerie L. Wenger

Pro Se Alleged Debtor:


Lawson Family Trust
Attn: Peyton Freiman, Trustee
603 Elmwood Pl., #6
Austin, TX 78705

Alleged Debtor’s Counsel:


none

Trustee:
Deborah B. Langehennig
Barton Creek Plaza II, Ste. 320
3801 Capital of Texas Hwy. S.
Austin, TX 78704

Creditors:
Mallory Law Group
P.O. Box 8858
Jupiter, FL 33468

The Klayman Law Firm


601 Brickell Keys Dr., Ste. 404
Miami, FL 33131

USAA Management Company


P.O. Box 659453
San Antonio, TX 78288

USAA
P.O. Box 659453
San Antonio, TX 78288

Bank of America
P.O. Box 851001
Dallas, TX 75285-1001

Casey, Citklin et al
515 N. Flager Dr., Ste. 1900
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4343