Motion to Stay and Abate Law and Legal Definition

Motion to stay and abate refers to a motion filed to abate to stop or suspend the proceeding for some other action to take place. For example, a related proceeding in another court that might answer some of the factual or legal issues or an appeal that might moot the bankruptcy proceeding. The movant usually wants to maintain the status quo until the other proceeding is finished, to prevent a waste of time or judicial resources and to preserve the statute of limitations periods.