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This basic level program is designed for attorneys who wish to expand their bankruptcy know-how. It may also benefit bankruptcy coordinators and financial planners.


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Seminar Summary:

Learn the bankruptcy process as experienced attorneys walk through the calculations and filing requirements. (see full course description)


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Bankruptcy Basics Boot Camp - Bankruptcy Law Seminar

Represent Your Clients with Confidence

Filing a bankruptcy petition can be an intimidating task for an attorney who isn't familiar with the required forms and paperwork, but the practice area is a worthwhile addition to your firm. If you are looking to expand your practice or build up your skill-set, this is the bankruptcy how-to for you. Learn the bankruptcy process as experienced attorneys walk through the calculations and filing requirements. Register today!

  • Know the best practices and techniques for filing bankruptcy.
  • Gather all the necessary documents during the intake interview so you can accurately advise clients during the initial stages.
  • Confidently work through the means test to achieve accurate results that determine a debtor's bankruptcy eligibility.
  • Avoid common paperwork mistakes by walking through each essential form.
  • Understand how to prepare for the 341 meeting and know what to expect.
  • Be aware of the techniques creditors employ to lift the automatic stay.
  • Structure a Chapter 13 repayment plan clients and creditors can agree on.
  • Review and avoid common ethical dilemmas associated with bankruptcy.

  • Utilizing the Client Intake Interview
    9:00 - 9:40, Ronald I. Chorches
    • Is Credit Counseling an Alternative?
    • Documents to Request Right Away
    • Questions to Ask in the Initial Interview
    • Explaining the Process and Bankruptcy Options to Your Client
    • Helping Your Client Determine Which Chapter to File
    • Rules for Setting up Retainer Agreements
  • Working Through the Means Test
    9:40 - 10:20, Joel M. Grafstein
    • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Property
    • Allowable Expenses
    • How to Determine the Debtor's Income
    • Is Your Client's Income More Than the Median?
    • What Happens if Your Client Does Not Pass the Means Test?
    • Common Mistakes to Avoid
    • Communicating With the U.S. Trustee
  • Preparing the Bankruptcy Filing
    10:35 - 11:30, Ronald I. Chorches
    • Checklist of Filing Procedures
    • What Schedules to File
    • The Bankruptcy Petition
    • Statement of Financial Affairs
    • Monthly Budget
    • Property and Debt Listings
    • Pros and Cons of Electronic Filing
    • Filing Do's and Don'ts
  • Planning the 341 Meeting
    11:30 - 12:15, Ronald I. Chorches
    • Purpose of the Meeting
    • Who Should Attend
    • Questions to Expect and Prepare For
    • Proofs of Claim
  • Understanding the Automatic Stay
    1:15 - 2:15, Charles A. Maglieri
    • Broad Scope of the Automatic Stay
    • Mortgage Servicing Issues
    • Motion for Lift of Stay: How, Why You Can Request It
    • Monetary Sanctions for Automatic Stay Violation Where Notice is Lacking
    • Terminating the Stay
    • Changes in the Automatic Stay Due to Reform Legislation
    • Harassment Issues
  • Drafting Chapter 13 Repayment Plans
    2:15 - 3:15, Charles A. Maglieri
    • What is the Best Timeline for Your Client?
    • When Conversion to Chapter 7 is Applicable
    • How to Enforce and Modify Plans
    • Standards of Confirmation
    • Role of Exemptions in Chapter 13
    • Best Interests of Creditors Test and Best Efforts Test
    • Payment of Priority Claims and Secured Claims on Personal Property
    • Lien Stripping
    • Structuring Payments – A Case Study
    • Negotiating Plan Payments with the Trustee
    • Plan Confirmation and Modifications
  • Reviewing Ethics
    3:30 - 4:30, Joel M. Grafstein
    • Charging Attorneys' Fees
    • Misrepresentation
    • Intermingling Activities of Collection Agency and Attorney
    • Avoiding Violations of the Discharge Injunction
    • Zealous Advocacy v. Candor with the Court
    • Common Situations for Concern

Seminar Summary:

Learn the bankruptcy process as experienced attorneys walk through the calculations and filing requirements. (see full course description)

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