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American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division The 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics © 2007 American Bar Association All Rights Reserved Understanding Abstention By Amy L. Drushal Under Title 11, United States Code, Section 305, a bankruptcy court may abstain from hearing issues presented in or an entire bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. Abstention is normally appropriate only when the interests of the creditors and the debtor would be best served...

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