Consumer Bankruptcy

What’s Wrong with This Claim?

Mortgage escrow accounts remain a mystery in many cases as debtors’ and creditors’ attorneys both struggle to understand the calculations set forth in them and the effect they have on chapter 13 cases. This panel will focus on escrow accounts, as well as new proof-of-claim forms and how they treat escrow accounts.

$25.00
$25.00

Causes of Action Owned by a Debtor

This panel will deal with the various issues that arise when a debtor owns a cause of action and the distinctions that occur depending on whether the debtor’s cause of action arose pre-petition, post-petition, post-confirmation, post-discharge or at any other time. How are pre-petition causes of action valued for purposes of confirming a plan? What happens if the debtor’s cause of action pays off during a chapter 13 case (who gets the money)? What obligations do debtors have to amend their schedules to deal with post-petition events that create causes of action?

$25.00
$25.00

When I Got Laid Off, I Applied for Unemployment Benefits: Was That a Mistake?

This session will focus on a very hot topic in consumer bankruptcy cases: debts owed by a debtor for overpayment of unemployment compensation. Learn about the automated process used by the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. What can be discharged under § 523(a)(2)(A) and (a)(7)? What are the nondischargeability differences between chapters 7 and 13? Are the Agency’s procedures for contesting a determination of overpayments sufficient to create a collateral estoppel argument in a later bankruptcy case?

$25.00
$25.00

How Do I Get Paid for This Work?

This topic will focus on minefield issues for attorneys in chapter 13 who wish to get paid for their work pre- and post-confirmation. How does Harris v. Viegelahnapply? What happens if a chapter 13 case is converted after there is an outstanding fee award? What if a chapter 13 case is dismissed after an outstanding fee award? Can a debtor’s attorney preemptively contract to deal with Harris issues in the original retention agreement signed pre-petition?

$25.00
$25.00

Depositions in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

This session will focus on depositions in consumer bankruptcy cases, such as lien strips, objections to exemptions, good-faith challenges to chapter 13 plans, and dischargeability issues in consumer bankruptcy cases. All aspects of a deposition will be considered. How does one prepare to take someone’s deposition? How do you prepare your client to be deposed? How do you conduct yourself when representing the deponent? What can you object to? Can the deposition be stopped? How does one resolve objections and disputes during the deposition?

$25.00
$25.00

Controlling the Crafty Chapter 13 Creditor

Law v. Siegel and the Ever-Changing Face of Exemptions

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