Consumer Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy and Elder Law

This session will focus on the increasing number of senior citizens filing for bankruptcy. Why are so many elders now filing? What unique challenges do they present? Do their Social Security benefits and pension incomes become available to fund chapter 13 plans? How are reverse mortgages treated in chapters 7 and 13? What happens when an elderly debtor passes away during a chapter 7, 11 or 13 bankruptcy case? What if there is a surviving spouse who is also a joint debtor?

$25.00
$25.00

Representing Secured Creditors in Chapters 7 and 13

Even beginning creditors’ attorneys know that the automatic stay prevents them from enforcing their clients’ rights to their collateral. But what can they do in chapter 7 and 13 cases, and when should they do it? This session will focus on the basic legal issues facing secured creditors in these consumer cases and the development of effective and economical strategies for dealing with them. What are the legal standards to obtain relief from the automatic stay? What do the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the local bankruptcy rules require as attachments?

$25.00
$25.00

Pre-Bankruptcy Planning Issues and Strategies for Debtors’ Attorneys Regarding Protection of Assets

This session will focus on debtors’ attorneys’ pre-bankruptcy advice and planning regarding the protection of a debtor’s assets, including maximizing exemptions without getting into trouble, analyzing and counseling the client on the vulnerability of transfers of property that the debtor already made to family members or trusts before seeking your counsel, permissible actions to mitigate liabilities on account of a debtor’s pre-petition transfers, what can legitimately and ethically be done to enable debtors to maximize their exemptions without jeopardizing their discharges, and the use of fam

$25.00
$25.00

Representing Chapter 7 Debtors After the Petition Is Filed and the § 341 Meeting Is Held

You’ve filed the petition and schedules and attended the § 341 meeting. What happens next? This session will focus on the ongoing representation and responsibilities of a debtor’s attorney after filing a chapter 7 petition and completing the § 341 meeting to ensure that the debtor gets and keeps a discharge and any assets they are entitled to. What should a debtor’s attorney do if the asset values that the debtor lists on his or her schedules change after the petition is filed?

$25.00
$25.00

Chapter 11 Basics for Creditors’ Attorneys

Lawyers representing mortgage creditors, car creditors and unsecured creditors in consumer chapter 7 and 13 cases are familiar with the routine actions they can take to protect their clients (e.g., move to lift the stay, file proofs of claims and analyze disposable-income issues). But what actions can they take to protect their clients when an individual or small business debtor files chapter 11? What strategies and considerations should secured creditors use to decide whether to move to lift the stay?

$25.00
$25.00

Chapter 11 Basics for Debtors’ Attorneys

Many consumer bankruptcy lawyers now find themselves filing chapter 11 petitions for individuals and small businesses, but chapter 11 cases are different than chapter 13 cases.

$25.00
$25.00

Evidence and Trial Skills in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

This session will use a common fact pattern and feature demonstrations of arguments and examinations regarding such evidentiary issues as whether a witness may appear by telephone, video or deposition; admissibility of expert testimony on value; whether an expert may rely on the testimony of other experts; when lay witness testimony on value may be admissible; and demonstrations of examinations of experts and nonexperts regarding valuation and other common issues that arise in evidentiary hearings.

$25.00
$25.00

Current Developments with Bill Rochelle

Bill Rochelle will review the cases creating a bankruptcy buzz that practitioners should be aware of.

$25.00
$25.00

Best Ethical Practices for the Consumer Lawyer

Ethics is not just a course you must take to keep your license. Ethical guidelines are something that should be incorporated in your day-to-day practice.

$25.00
$25.00

Appeals 101: Practical Tips and Considerations in Bankruptcy Appeals

Considering an appeal? Learn some practical tips and considerations from this panel of experts and judges.

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$25.00
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