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This two-day, basic level course provides a step-by-step walk-through of filing procedures for Chapters 7 and 13 for: Attorneys New to the Bankruptcy Field, Bankruptcy Petition Preparers and Coordinators, Paralegals, Credit Analysts, Financial Planners, Accountants

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If you're new to the bankruptcy field, this how-to course will give you the practical knowledge necessary to guide your clients through the complex Chapter 7 and 13 filing processes.  (see full course description)

 

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Get Step-by-Step Instruction on Bankruptcy Procedures and Forms


This two-day, basic level seminar on consumer bankruptcy provides the nuts and bolts of filing Chapter 7 and 13 - with ample time for all your questions - so you can begin confidently filing petitions. Experienced practitioners will lead you through each step of the process with sample forms, schedules, means tests, repayment plans, and code citations. If you´re new to the bankruptcy field, this how-to course will give you the practical knowledge necessary to guide your clients through the complex Chapter 7 and 13 filing processes. Register today!



  • Get two full days of consumer bankruptcy training for only $575, so you can begin confidently filing cases for debtors.

  • Gain a clear understanding of which chapter to file depending on your client´s situation and assets.

  • Learn the procedural steps for filing Chapter 7 and 13 to avoid errors that may constitute malpractice.

  • Discover how the intricacies and exclusions of the means test can sink your Chapter 7 case.

  • Avoid common paperwork mistakes by walking through each essential form.

  • Draft a confirmable Chapter 13 plan with tips and strategies from veteran practitioners.

  • Recognize what the trustee is looking for in your bankruptcy schedules, so you can provide the needed information.

  • Be prepared for 341 meetings: anticipate questions and issues that may arise.

  • Stay up to date on changing regulations and pertinent case law.

  • Get two key opportunities to ask your tough case questions to a panel of experienced practitioners.



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009


9:00 a.m. The Initial Client Interview: Is it More Than Meets the Eye? - David F. Mills



  • What the Debtor Should Bring

  • Disclosures

  • Must-Ask Questions for the Debtor

  • Is the Debtor the Best Source of Information?

  • Retainer Agreement


9:45 a.m. The Means Test: A Walk-Through - Eileen M. Bornstein



  • Determining the Debtor´s Income

  • Subtracting Standardized and Actual Expenses

  • Common Mistakes to Avoid


11:15 a.m. Break


11:30 a.m. Determining Which Chapter to File: What Key Questions Will Tell You - Jennifer F. Adams

(Lunch 12:30 - 1:30)



  • What Does the Debtor Want to Accomplish?

  • Is All Property Exempt?

  • Does the Debtor Qualify for Chapter 7 Based Upon Income?

  • Is the Debtor Current on House and Vehicle Payments?

  • Does the Debtor Owe Taxes or Have an IRS Lien?

  • Judicial Lien or Domestic Support Obligation?


2:00 p.m. Filing Chapter 7 - Jennifer F. Adams



  • Completion of Necessary Forms

  • Filing Chapter 7 Electronically: What You Need to Know


3:00 p.m. Break


3:15 p.m. 341 Meetings and Hearings: Procedures and Anticipating Questions - Eileen M. Bornstein


3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Chapter 7 Questions and Answers - All faculty

An unstructured opportunity to get more tips and answers to your specific Chapter 7 questions from our panel of faculty members.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009


9:00 a.m. Creditors´ Defenses During Bankruptcy - Eileen M. Bornstein



  • Lifting Automatic Stay

  • Reaffirming Debts

  • Adversarial Proceedings


10:00 a.m. The Trustee´s Viewpoint - Eileen M. Bornstein



  • The Trustee´s Role: Obligations to Debtors and Creditors

  • What Trustees are Looking for in Filings

  • The Debtor´s Income and Expenses - Why You Should Calculate the Numbers Yourself

  • Reviewing Claims After Claims Bar Dates

  • Preparing for 341 Meetings and Hearings

  • Deadlines

  • Requesting a Payoff or Other Audit

  • Communication With the Trustee´s Office and Your Client

  • Attorneys´ Fees


11:00 a.m. Break


11:15 a.m. Formulating a Confirmable Chapter 13 Plan - Jennifer F. Adams



  • Chapter 13 Plan Requirements

  • Contents of the Plan

  • Cramdowns

  • Form B22C and Determining Disposable Income

  • Computing Plan Payment and Feasibility Calculation

  • Determining the Plan´s Length

  • Confirmation of Plan

  • Consummation of Plan

  • Chapter 13 Discharge

  • Post-Confirmation Modification

  • Important Tips to Remember


12:30 p.m. Lunch


1:30 p.m. Case Study: Chapter 13 - Jennifer F. Adams

Walk through a Chapter 13 filing with a review of the schedules and documents to be filed, as well as line-by-line completion of forms.


2:30 p.m. Break


2:45 p.m. Ethical Considerations in Bankruptcy - James Marshall Shelton



  • Charging Attorneys´ Fees

  • Debtor Works a Second Job off the Books

  • Spouse Doesn´t Know About Child Support Payments for Out-of-Wedlock Child

  • Domestic Partner Refuses to Give Their Financials

  • Discovering the Debtor Lied in His Petition After it is Filed

  • Transferring a House or Other Assets to Avoid Creditors


3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Chapter 13 Questions and Answers - All faculty

An unstructured opportunity to get more tips and answers to your specific Chapter 13 questions from our panel of faculty members.

Seminar Summary:

If you're new to the bankruptcy field, this how-to course will give you the practical knowledge necessary to guide your clients through the complex Chapter 7 and 13 filing processes.  (see full course description)

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