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Nov 2008

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  • CLE Teleconference »
    Bankruptcy Boot Camp Part 1:
    A Practitioner’s Guide to Mastering Form 22, "The Means Test"

    December 4, 2008 • 12:00 p.m. ET
  • The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) made substantial changes to the information attorneys need to disclose. The changes imposed new duties on lawyers that can be considered obscure in nature. Additionally, under Rule 9011 an attorney faces stringent sanctions for ethical violations which may result from making “means test” mistakes. The ABA responded with a Report on the Scope of Inquiry Required under §707(b). That report was scholarly and technical in scope. However, the report did not address the practical obligations and inquiries that a prudent practitioner needs to use when advising a consumer or small business debtor. Further, the report did not address ethical violations under Rule 9011. The panel will discuss:
    • Form 22, “The Means Test”
    • Understanding what’s required
    • Ethical Traps for the Unwary
    • The Business Lawyer article, “ Working Paper: Best Practices for Debtor’s Attorneys” Sign up today and email your specific questions to Yolanda.Muhammad@americanbar.org. The panel will adjust the content of the program and address your questions during the teleconference.

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  • CLE Teleconference »
    Top Tips for Avoiding Malpractice Claims
    December 17, 2008 • 1:00 p.m. ET
  • CLE Teleconference »
    Bankruptcy Boot Camp Part 2:
    A Practitioner’s Guide to Mastering “The Schedules and Statement of Affair"

    January 15, 2008 • 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Draft description – subject to change
    The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) made substantial changes to the information attorneys need to disclose. The changes imposed new duties on lawyers that can be considered obscure in nature. Additionally, under Rule 9011, an attorney faces stringent sanctions for ethical violations. The ABA responded with a Report on the Scope of Inquiry Required under §707(b). That report was scholarly and technical in scope. However, the report did not address the practical obligations and inquiries that a prudent practitioner needs to use when advising a consumer or small business debtor. Further, the report did not address ethical violations under Rule 9011. The panel will discuss:
    • The Schedules and Statement of Affairs Understanding what’s required
    • The Business Lawyer article, “Working Paper: Best Practices for Debtor’s Attorneys” Sign up today and email your specific questions to muhammay@staff.abanet.org. The panel will adjust the content of the program and address your questions during the teleconference.

      More »

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  • The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division has many benefits for Law Students!
    Free Membership in the Division
    Solo practitioners and small firm settings are one of the fastest growing practices in the legal profession.  With over 12,000 law student members in GP|Solo, this trend towards solo and small firms shows no sign of slowing down.  Your decision to join the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division will prove instrumental in helping you to enhance and thrive in your legal career.  Join today, it is free!  Here's how ... Join GP|Solo!
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