Family/Divorce Issues

The Closely Held Business in Financial Trouble: Unraveling Conflicts Within the “Family”

When financial trouble hits the closely held business, a more complicated structure often lurks below the surface. What the “family” views as a single business may actually be several entities with a long history of intercompany transactions. Conversely, one generation may have transitioned out of the business but might still be receiving compensation from the business under the control of the next generation. The problems are heightened when your contact at the client is an individual who wears various “hats,” including president, board chair, CEO and potential defendant.

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Two Worlds Collide: Domestic Relations and Bankruptcy

Many individuals in bankruptcy are also involved in domestic-relations litigation. This panel will discuss the necessity for proper advice to potential clients about bankruptcy ramifications when filing for divorce and negotiating property settlements, and vice-versa. What obligations under a judgment of divorce or property settlement are nondischargeable? What claims under a judgment of divorce or property settlement can be exempted? What steps can be taken to enforce a judgment of divorce or property settlement after a bankruptcy petition is filed without violating the automatic stay?

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A Collision Between Two Worlds: Estate Planning vs. Bankruptcy

This panel will explore the conflicts of law between estate planning and bankruptcy. Debtor’s counsel, beware: Life estate, remainder interest, trust or power of attorney may not be safe in bankruptcy. The panel will examine recent bankruptcy cases addressing the validity of estate-planning techniques designed to protect assets that then wreak havoc on pre-bankruptcy planning, timing and chapter selection and that can have significant implications on debtors and their nonfiling family members.

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The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Divorce: When Worlds Collide

This panel will discuss various sections of the Bankruptcy Code as they impact or are impacted by divorce proceedings. The panel will discuss the § 101(14A) definition of “domestic support obligations,” the rights of a representative appointed for the debtor’s children, post-nuptial agreements, the standing of an estranged spouse under §§ 523 and 727, §§ 523(a)(5) and (a)(15), equitable distribution awards and § 541, fraudulent conveyances and divorce decrees, and much, much more.

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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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Estate Planning, Divorce and Bankruptcy: When Worlds Collide

Estate-planning efforts and divorce proceedings can result in trustees being able to reach property that had previously been considered beyond the reach of creditors. Be prepared to explore the intersections of these laws with an expert panel who will address the impact of bankruptcy on estate plans, homestead exemptions, life estates, the sale of remainder interests and more.

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