Consumer Bankruptcy

The Individual Chapter 11 Study’s Findings, Conclusions and Possible Recommendations

In 2013, ABI launched a study of individual chapter 11 cases to determine why individual debtors choose chapter 11 and to evaluate the efficacy of individual chapter 11 cases. The study team has gathered data to identify systemic problems that increase the cost and decrease the utility of chapter 11 cases to individuals. The panel, which includes the study’s reporter, investigators and cochairs, will provide an overview of the study’s findings and recommendations.

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Thorny Ethical Issues for Consumer Attorneys

This panel will address many of the thorniest ethical issues for consumer lawyers, including avoiding conflictof- interest issues as counsel in a failing case, counseling a client who will not take your advice, and counseling a mentally ill client.

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Committee Educational Session: Consumer Bankruptcy/Health Care

Who Pays the Price for Health Care Insolvencies: the Consumer, the Vendors or the Public at Large?

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Consumer Tax Toolbox

This panel provides updates on the law and suggests the necessary tools for your consumer tax toolbox, in particular concepts of cancellation of indebtness, home mortgage modiifcations, issuance of 1099s by creditors, separate-entity treatment under IRC section 1398, priority of tax claims, nondischargeability of tax claims, and other thorny tax issues frequently facing consumer bankruptcy lawyers.

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Individual Chapter 11 Confirmation Mock Hearing

This panel will conduct a mock oral argument at the conclusion of a confirmation hearing in an individual chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Issues unique to individuals who file chapter 11 will be explored by counsel for the debtor and an objecting creditor, as well as by the three-judge panel.

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Consumer Track - Puerto Rico Judges Panel

Puerto Rico judges will discuss attorneys’ fees in chapter 13 cases; summons, service of process, defaults and default judgments; the Puerto Rico homestead exemption law and recent decisions; and conducting evidentiary hearings (handling witnesses, documents and objections).

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Consumer Track - Chapter 7 Panel

This panel will provide practical advice to attendees from the viewpoint of a chapter 7 trustee, an accountant and an attorney regarding completeness of schedules, how to properly prepare a debtor to face a chapter 7 trustee interrogation, and discussions on several administrative matters such as late-filed claims, asset-liquidation accounting and § 341 hearing continuances. The panel will also cover recent chapter 7 case law developments.

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Consumer Track - Chapter 13 Panel

This panel will discuss the effects of recent decisions regarding the Puerto Rico homestead exemption in chapter 13 cases; chapter 13 debtors’ pre and post-petition causes of action, and the disclosure and determination of value of same; and the management of plan provisions, as well as objecting to and defending them.

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Consumer Workshop IV - The Intersection Between Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Laws

This panel will focus on the sale of discharged debts, the intersection between the Code and the FDCPA, the involvement of the CFPB in consumer cases, and more.

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Consumer Workshop III - Nothing in This Life Is Certain Except Death, Taxes and Student Loan Debt

This panel will focus on recent trends in student loan dischargeability cases, including whether the Brunner standard should be revisited, and recent case law involving tax debts.

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