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Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals, Sixth Edition, reflects the sweeping changes caused by the new Bankruptcy bill Congress passed in 2005. Proven effective through years of classroom use, this compact and comprehensive text offers a step-by-step overview of both the Code and the Rules.

This popular text earned its reputation as a dependable teaching tool by:

  • focusing on what paralegals need to know, allowing students to learn and digest the basics of bankruptcy without having to master an entirely new vocabulary
  • providing a readable overview of the bankruptcy code and rules, with step-by-step guidance through the paralegal's role at every stage of the bankruptcy proceeding
  • taking a practical approach, covering not only the law, but also how to complete documents with helpful explanations of the appropriate timing
  • offering excellent pedagogy, including abundant examples, checklists of procedures, summaries of the law, and discussion questions
  • serving as the foundation of a complete teaching package, including a thorough Instructor's Manual with test bank ;

The Sixth Edition provides everything students need to understand today's Bankruptcy Law:

  • the text reflects the provisions of the new bill
  • a tutorial explains the new forms
  • complete explanation of the new procedures
  • detailed information on new means testing, the heart of the bill
  • cases decided since Spring, 2004
  • thorough updating of the forms manual with new material

An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735539754
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Paralegals and the Bankruptcy System 1
Pt. II History and Introduction 7
Ch. 1 A Short History of Bankruptcy 9
Ch. 2 Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code 19
Ch. 3 Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under State Law 27
Ch. 4 Filing a Petition 37
Ch. 5 Chapter 1 - General Provisions 53
Ch. 6 Useful Definitions - Section 101 67
Pt. II Debtor Relief 79
Ch. 7 Overview of Chapter 7 81
Ch. 8 Conversion and Dismissal 101
Ch. 9 Exemptions 107
Ch. 10 Trustees, Examiners, and Creditors Committees 123
Ch. 11 Preparing a Proceeding for a Trustee 137
Pt. III Bankruptcy Litigation 145
Ch. 12 The Automatic Stay - 11 U.S.C. 362 147
Ch. 13 Objections to Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts 167
Ch. 14 Property of the Estate and Turnover Complaints 185
Ch. 15 Avoiding Powers - Introduction 195
Ch. 16 Avoidable Preferences - 11 U.S.C. 547 203
Ch. 17 Fraudulent and Postpetition Transfers 219
Pt. IV Liquidation and Claims 229
Ch. 18 Use, Sale, or Lease of Property 231
Ch. 19 Executory Contracts and Leases 245
Ch. 20 Miscellaneous Provisions Regarding Property of the Estate 259
Ch. 21 Claims 269
Ch. 22 Administration 295
Pt. V Reorganization Proceedings 303
Ch. 23 Chapter 13: Reorganization Proceedings 305
Ch. 24 Chapter 11: Introduction and Administration 327
Ch. 25 Chapter 11: Elements of a Plan 343
Ch. 26 Chapter 11: Plan Confirmation 359
Ch. 27 Chapter 12: Reorganization Proceedings 379
Pt. VI Review 387
Ch. 28 Introduction to Courts and Jurisdiction 389
Ch. 29 Statements and Schedules Tutorial 399
Ch. 30 Researching Bankruptcy Issues 431
App. 1: Noticed Motions and Ex Parte Applications 437
App. 2: Documents and Deadlines 439
Glossary 441
Table of Cases 457
Table of Statutes 459
Table of Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 463
Table of Secondary Authorities 465
Index 467
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