NACBA DAY 2 Workshop Only: Bankruptcy Basics for New & Returning Bankruptcy Attorneys (ADVANCED)

When:  Nov 4, 2022 from 13:00 to 17:15 (ET)

DAY 2: Bankruptcy Basics for New and Returning Bankruptcy Attorneys (ADVANCED)

DATE: Friday, November 4, 2022

TIME: 1-5:15pm Eastern

PRESENTERS: Jenny Doling, Esq., Stephen Berken, Esq., Cathy Moran, Esq., & Wayne Silver, Esq.

NACBA member price: $199

Why you should attend DAY 2: To maintain your competitive edge you need the most advanced information. Our panelists have combined experience of over 75 years of successful consumer bankruptcy practice. Since bankruptcies are gradually increasing again you need to stay current. Consumer debt is now on the rise. Federal student loan payments will recommence beginning January 1, 2023. Don’t get caught flat footed. Instead, stay informed and be ready for the next wave of cases.


November 4th Outline

Title:  Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Topics for the Busy Consumer Bankruptcy Law Practitioner (ADVANCED)

Description: Our panelists will present four hours of concentrated instruction on the following topics.  These topics are designed for attorneys and paralegals experienced in consumer bankruptcy law.

Part 1  Advanced Chapter 13 Issues  (2 hours) 

1.               Making maximum use of Chapter 13 plan

   a.               What plan must and might include

   b.               Liquidating plans

   c.                Liens that survive

   d.               Separate classification of claims

   e.               DMI versus projected income and expenses

2.               Family law issues

   a.               Conflicts present in joint cases

   b.               Separating debts of each spouse

3.               Contested confirmations

   a.               Make briefing more efficient

   b.               Who decides what’s allowed in plan       

4.               Businesses in Chapter 13

   a.               New issues with higher debt ceiling

   b.               Compare SubChapter V with Chapter 13

5.               Understand the Chapter 13 discharge

   a.               Long term debts

   b.               Debts surviving a 727 denial of discharge

   c.                Alcohol/drug related claims

6.               The principal residence during and after Chapter 13

   a.               Exploiting R. 3002.1

   b.               What does it mean to be “current”

7.               Getting paid for what you do

   a.               Develop good billing habits

   b.               Compensation for case-end efforts

   c.                Fees that survive the discharge


Part 2  Adversary Proceeding Tool Box

1.               The economics of adversaries

   a.               Representation arrangement with client

   b.               Narrowing the battlefronts to match the budget

   c.                Fee shifting opportunities

   d.               Using R. 26 to limit discovery

2.               Framing the issues

   a.               What needs to be proven

   b.               File motions or not?

3.               Claim preclusion now and later

   a.               Siegel and the uncontested POC

   b.               What issues are already decided.


Part 3 Perfecting Due Diligence

1.               Essentials for the initial client meeting

   a.               Selecting a chapter

   b.               Finding the non tangible assets

   c.                Identify the X factors

   d.               Problems of joint cases

   e.               When bankruptcy isn’t the answer

2.               Information from the public records

   a.               Tools

   b.               Tax transcripts

3.               Competence is an ethics issue

   a.               Understand Chapter 13 or associate someone who does

   b.               Cultivate mentors, colleagues, discussion groups

   c.                Read the documents you collect

4.               Techniques for client education & involvement

   a.               Use multiple input channels

   b.               Utilize your website

   c.                Representing clients with whom you share no common language


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