Consumer Bankruptcy

Commercial and Residential Real Property Issues in Business and Consumer Cases

As the value of commercial and residential real property is often in flux, especially in light of the Great Recession of 2008, the rights and obligations of interested parties, as well as their incentives and motivations, can change. This panel will discuss the implications of changing valuations of residential real property in chapter 7 and 13 cases, as well as residential and commercial real property in chapter 11 cases.

$25.00
$25.00

Business Development and Marketing Your Practice (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

The panel will discuss the ins and outs of business development and the various ways attorneys and their firms market their practices.

$25.00
$25.00

Case Law Update: Part I &II

This session will highlight particularly interesting case law developments to date in 2016 and their impact on bankruptcy law and practice.

$25.00
$25.00

Chapter 13 — Post-Confirmation Issues

BAPCPA established several hurdles that debtors have to overcome in order to obtain a discharge of a confirmed plan. Confirmation of the plan in many respects is only the beginning of the process. This panel, which includes two chapter 13 trustees and an experienced creditors’ counsel and is moderated by an experienced debtors’ counsel, will explore the issues that arise after confirmation, including the completion of required tasks for a debtor to obtain a discharge.

$25.00
$25.00

Chapter 13 — How to Confirm Your Plan

This panel of chapter 13 trustees will provide an in-depth analysis of the necessary steps to reach confirmation of your chapter 13 plan, including the necessary steps and analysis that are required to secure their recommendation. The panel judge will give his perspective of the mega dockets and volume of issues that are typically brought before the court.

$25.00
$25.00

Current Issues in Chapter 7 Individual Cases, or a Meander Through Chapter 7 Issues

This panel will compare and contrast actions under §§ 707 and 727, with input from debtor’s counsel, the U.S. Trustee, the court and the chapter 7 trustee. The panel will discuss other current issues affecting parties in consumer bankruptcies, such as effects on the system caused by pro se debtors and how the system is handling those debtors, and how the new forms are affecting the effectiveness of the system.

$25.00
$25.00

Creditors’ Rights and Fights — A Walk in the Shoes of Creditors’ Counsel

Our expert faculty will pull back the curtain on representing creditors and will examine current issues facing mortgage and automobile creditors. Topics will include updates on the mortgage and automobile loan servicing industry, new proofs-of-claim rules and forms, servicing standards, statutes of limitations, and compliance issues.

$25.00
$25.00

Fashionable Trends in Consumer Fraud

$25.00
$25.00

Keeping that Simple No-Asset Case a No-Asset Case: Recent Areas of Chapter 7 Trustee Activity

Debtors and their counsel want a smooth, quick chapter 7 experience and discharge: a simple no-asset case that will proceed promptly through a short, uneventful first meeting of creditors, to discharge and case closing in a matter of a few months. The chapter 7 trustee stands in the way, though, as he/she looks for discharges to deny and assets to pay creditors.

$25.00
$25.00

The Ethics Trifecta: How to Avoid Sanctionable Lawyer Behavior, Crossing the Line in Pre-Petition Planning, and Dangerous Conflicts of Interest

Join us as we explore three complicated areas of ethics that all attorneys should be wary of. First, we will discuss examples of sanctionable lawyer behavior and when that behavior can result in a law firm being sanctioned. Second, some pre-petition planning is necessary, obvious and required in order to advance your clients’ interests, but some planning can cross the line between permissible advocacy and fraud. How do you know where the line is so that you can represent your client to the best of your abilities and avoid trouble?

$25.00
$25.00
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