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
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
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
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
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
Intermingling Activities of Collection Agency and Attorney