Practice Guide Charging Order




The Creditor's Remedy Against A Debtor's Interest In An LLC Or Partnership


The Charging Orders Practice Guide: Understanding Judgment Creditor Rights Against LLC Members, by Jay D. Adkisson (ABA, 2018). Available for purchase from the American Bar Association at or from Amazon at



Table of Contents


Chapter 1

  • Introduction

Chapter 2

  • History of the “Peculiar Mechanism”
  • Judgments Act of 1838
  • Partnership Act of 1890 c. 39 (Regnal. 53 & 54 Victoria)
  • Uniform Partnership Act of 1914
  • Tropical Interlude
  • Kaiser William Invades Wyoming

Chapter 3

  • Nature of the Charging Order
  • The Effect of the Charging Order
  • Case Study: Inman
  • Case Study: Weddell

Chapter 4

  • Using the Charging Order
  • Case Study: Detroit Memorial Partners

Chapter 5

  • The Charging Order Procedure
  • Case Study: Textron Financial

Chapter 6

  • Parties to a Charging Order Proceeding

Chapter 7

  • Jurisdiction
  • Jurisdiction Over the Debtor
  • Jurisdiction Over the Nondebtor Members
  • Jurisdiction Over the LLC
  • Case Study: Wells Fargo
  • Case Study: Blaker Enterprises LLC.
  • Case Study: Mahalo Investments
  • Case Study: Rockstone Capital
  • Case Study: Shanghai Real Estate
  • Case Study: Spates

Chapter 8

  • Discovery
  • Nonjudicial Discovery
  • Written Discovery
  • Debtor Examination
  • Third-Party Examination of the LLC or Other Members

Chapter 9

  • The Motion for Charging Order
  • Essentials of the Motion
  • Ex Parte Motions
  • Factual Elements of the Motion
  • Legal Elements of the Motion
  • Accompanying Declaration
  • Accompanying Brief
  • Ancillary Provisions
  • Case Study: Law

Chapter 10

  • Notice of the Motion
  • Service vs. Simple Notice
  • How Notice Is Given to the LLC
  • Proof of Notice

Chapter 11

  • Drafting the Proposed Charging Order
  • Essential Provisions
  • Ancillary Provisions
  • Prohibiting or Imputing Loans and Other Compensation
  • Requiring Information from the LLC
  • Unequal Distributions

Chapter 12

  • Defenses to the Charging Order
  • The LLC’s Defenses
  • The Debtor’s Defenses
  • Effect of State Statutory Creditor Exemptions
  • Effect of Federal Wage Garnishment Restrictions
  • Case Study: Alexander

Chapter 13

  • The Hearing and Notice of the Charging Order
  • The Hearing on the Charging Order Motion
  • Giving Notice of the Issued Charging Order

Chapter 14

  • enforcing the Charging Order
  • Enforcing against the Debtor
  • Enforcing against the LLC
  • Case Study: Joshlin Bros.
  • Case Study: McClure

Chapter 15

  • Complying with the Charging Order
  • Compliance by the Entity
  • Compliance by the Debtor
  • Case Study: Buckeye Retirement
  • Case Study: Seven Arts Pictures

Chapter 16

  • Receivers to enforce the Charging Order
  • Authority for the Receiver
  • Powers of the Receiver
  • The Receiver as Trojan Horse
  • Justifying the Receiver
  • Appointment of the Receiver
  • Powers of the Receiver
  • Case Study: Pajooh

Chapter 17

  • Preforeclosure Redemption
  • Statutory Authority
  • Operating Agreement Provision

Chapter 18

  • Foreclosure & Redemption
  • Statutory Authority
  • The Monster Under The Bed?

Chapter 19

  • Appealing A Charging Order
  • Statutory Authority
  • Standing to Appeal
  • Time to Appeal

Chapter 20

  • Conflict-of-Laws Issues
  • Choice-of-Law Provisions and Internal Affairs
  • Case Study: Earthgrains

Chapter 21

  • The Foreign LLC Issue
  • Case Study: German American Capital
  • Case Study: Arayos
  • Case Study: Vision Marketing

Chapter 22

  • The Single-Member Entity
  • State Law and the Olmstead Patch
  • Statutory Problems with Foreclosure of the Charging Order Lien
  • Late-Arriving Members
  • D. When Is a Peppercorn Not a Peppercorn?
  • Case Study: Heckert

Chapter 23

  • Intra-Member Disputes
  • Lack of Nondebtor Member
  • The Issue May Be Drafted Around
  • Case Study: Gillet
  • Case Study: Voll
  • Case Study: Young

Chapter 24

  • Circumventing Charging Order Exclusivity
  • Case Study: Devoll
  • Case Study: Wilhite

Chapter 25

  • Other Creditor Remedies
  • Reverse Veil Piercing
  • Distribution Clawbacks
  • Voidable Transactions

Chapter 26

  • Bankruptcy Issues with Charging Orders
  • The Debtor’s Interest as to Secured Creditors
  • The Debtor’s Interest as to Unsecured Creditors
  • If the Interest Is Executory
  • If the Interest Is Nonexecutory
  • Ipso Facto Clauses
  • Case Study: Cleveland
  • Case Study: Denman

Chapter 27

  • Tax Issues
  • Preforeclosure
  • Post-Foreclosure


  • Appendix A: Additional Resources
  • Appendix B: Model Charging Order Documents / Charging Order Example (Motion, Notice of Hearing, Memo, Order, Notice of Entry of Charging Order)
  • Appendix C: Carter Bishop Charts
  • Appendix D: Ehmann And Its Progeny



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For more on the historical background of Charging Orders and contemporary issues involving the same, see Jay Adkisson's article, Charging Orders: The Peculiar Mechanism, 61 South Dakota Law Review 440 (2016). Available at SSRN:



General Information


Analysis of Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Sections re Charging Orders

  • Charging Orders (Section 503) contains the general charging order provisions.
  • Transfers of Transferable Interests (Section 502) includes definitions of "transfer" (102(23)), "transferable interests" (102(24)), and "transferees" (102(25)) defines to what the charging order attaches.
  • Definition of Distribution (Section 102(4)) specifies the economic right obtained through a charging order lien and/or foreclosure.


The Uniform Acts re Charging Orders and Transferable Interests (without Jay's comments):


Effect of Bankruptcy On The Debtor-Member's LLC Interest here



Collected Court Opinions On Charging Orders here and below


Charging Order Example Sample Form





     Distributions/Economic Rights - Creditors rights to distributional interests/economic rights


     Prejudgment Relief - Freezing the interest and distributions pending judgment


     Entities - The types of legal entities amenable to charging orders, or not

     Procedure - The procedure for obtaining a charging order and ancillary provisions

     Unknown Interest - Where the debtor's interest, if any, has not been ascertained

     Order Form Generally - Most issues to the form of the charging order

     Order Form Future Interests - How the charging order affects subsequently-acquired interests

     Exemptions - Available state and federal protections that may apply to charging orders


     Abstention - Collateral attacks on charging orders in federal court

     Conflicts-Of-Law - Determining which state's laws apply to a charging order dispute

     Jurisdiction - Issues relating to the court's authority over out-of-state debtors and LLCs

     Foreign Entities - Charging orders against out-of-state entities


     Creditor Rights Restrictions - Limitations on creditors' management and informational rights

     Information Rights - Creditors' ability to access information about the LLC

     Management & Voting Rights - Rights of creditor after charging order issued


     Lien - The lien effect of a charging order and priority issues


     Compliance - Issues for the LLC and non-debtor members in complying with a charging order

     Receiver - The role of the receiver in charging order proceedings


     Single-Member LLCs - Enforcing the judgment against an LLC with a sole member


     Foreclosure - Liquidation by judicial sale of the debtor's right to distributions


     Repurchase/Redemption Rights - Third-parties' ability to purchase the charged interest


     Appeal - Issues relating to the appeal of a charging order


     Exclusivity - The charging order as the sole remedy available to creditors and exceptions

     Voidable Transactions/Fraudulent Transfers - Issues relating to avoidable transfers of interests


     Abstention - Attempts to collaterally attack the charging order in federal court

     Bankruptcy - Treatment of the debtor/member's interest in bankruptcy

     Intra-Member Disputes - Where one member obtains a charging order against another

     Taxes - Tax issues relating to charging orders for all involved parties


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List Of Court Opinion Sections

Additional Court Opinions About charging orders (unsorted)




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