Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals (Abridged Edition) / Edition 1

Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals (Abridged Edition) / Edition 1

by David L.; Cooper Robert J. Buchbinder, Robert J. Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735572399

ISBN-13: 9780735572393

Pub. Date: 07/03/2008

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

This abridged edition of David L. Buchbinder's highly successful bankruptcy text for paralegal students focuses on consumer bankruptcy. Representing primarily the debtor's point of view, this concise text offers an overview of the bankruptcy code

Overview

This abridged edition of David L. Buchbinder's highly successful bankruptcy text for paralegal students focuses on consumer bankruptcy. Representing primarily the debtor's point of view, this concise text offers an overview of the bankruptcy code

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735572393
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
07/03/2008
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
0.79(w) x 11.00(h) x 8.25(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexxi
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Introduction: Paralegals and the Bankruptcy System1
ARole of the Paralegal2
BCommon Activities3
Part IHistory and Introduction5
Chapter 1A Short History of Bankruptcy7
AOrigins of Bankruptcy Systems7
BBankruptcy in the Middle Ages10
CEarly English Insolvency Laws11
DBankruptcy in the United States13
Summary15
Key Terms16
Discussion Questions16
Chapter 2Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code17
AOrganization of the Bankruptcy Code and a Note on the Text17
BOverview of the Bankruptcy Code18
CThe Bankruptcy System22
Summary23
Key Terms24
Discussion Questions24
Chapter 3Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under State Law25
AArticle 6 UCC Bulk Sales26
BAssignment for the Benefit of Creditors29
CComposition Agreements30
Summary31
Key Terms32
Chapter 3 Checklist32
Discussion Questions33
Chapter 4Filing a Petition35
AGatekeeper Provisions in Individual Bankruptcies35
BVoluntary Petitions38
CInvoluntary Petitions44
Summary50
Key Terms51
Chapter 4 Checklist52
Discussion Questions54
Chapter 5Chapter 1-General Provisions57
ANotice and a Hearing57
BRules of Grammatical Construction61
CPowers of the Court62
DStatutes of Limitations63
EWho May Be a Debtor64
FNeeds Based Bankruptcy66
GNeeds Based Bankruptcy Examples71
Summary74
Key Terms74
Chapter 5 Checklist75
Discussion Questions77
Chapter 6Useful Definitions-Section 10179
AAffiliates79
BClaim80
CCommunity Claim80
DCorporation81
ECreditor81
FCurrent Monthly Income81
GCustodian82
HDebt82
IDebt Relief Agency82
JDomestic Support Obligations83
KEquity Security Holder83
LIndividual with Regular Income83
MInsiders84
NInsolvency84
OJudicial Lien85
PLien86
QMedian Family Income86
RPerson86
SSecurity87
TSecurity Agreement87
USingle Asset Real Estate88
VStatutory Lien88
WTransfer89
Summary89
Discussion Questions90
Part IIDebtor Relief91
Chapter 7Overview of Chapter 793
AEmployment and Compensation of Professionals94
BBankruptcy Petition Preparers99
CThe Chapter 7 Process101
DRule 2004 Examinations105
EDischarge and Reaffirmation106
Summary110
Key Terms112
Chapter 7 Checklist112
Discussion Questions114
Chapter 8Conversion and Dismissal115
AConversion115
BDismissal118
Summary119
Key Terms119
Discussion Questions120
Chapter 9Exemptions121
ABackground121
BSelecting Exemptions124
CFederal Exemptions125
DUnaffected Claims131
ELien Avoidance to Preserve Exemption132
FClaiming and Objecting to Exemptions133
Summary134
Key Terms135
Chapter 9 Checklist135
Discussion Questions137
Chapter 10Trustees, Examiners, and Creditors Committees139
ATrustees139
BThe United States Trustee141
CThe Trustee's Duties143
DDebtor-in-Possession145
EOfficial Creditors Committees145
FChapter 11 Trustees and Examiners148
GOmbudsman151
Summary151
Key Terms152
Discussion Questions153
Chapter 11Preparing a Proceeding for a Trustee155
APrefiling Actions155
BPostfiling Actions159
Summary160
Chapter 11 Checklist161
Discussion Questions161
Part IIIBankruptcy Litigation163
Chapter 12The Automatic Stay-11 U.S.C. [section]362165
AIntroduction to Bankruptcy Litigation165
BThe Automatic Stay166
CActivity Subject to the Automatic Stay167
DActivity Not Subject to the Automatic Stay169
EDuration of the Automatic Stay175
FObtaining Relief from the Automatic Stay177
Summary184
Key Terms185
Chapter 12 Checklist186
Discussion Questions188
Chapter 13Objections to Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts189
ADistinguishing Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts189
BDebts Nondischargeable without Creditor Action190
CDebts Nondischargeable with Creditor Action196
DComplaints to Determine Dischargeability of a Debt200
EObjecting to Discharge201
FComplaints Objecting to Discharge204
Summary205
Key Terms206
Discussion Questions206
Chapter 14Property of the Estate and Turnover Complaints207
AProperty of the Estate207
BTurnover Complaints213
Summary214
Key Terms215
Discussion Questions216
Chapter 15Avoiding Powers-Introduction217
AFunction of the Trustee's Avoiding Powers217
BStrong Arm Clause218
CLimitations on Avoiding Powers219
DStatutory Lien Avoidance221
Summary222
Key Terms222
Discussion Questions222
Chapter 16Avoidable Preferences - 11 U.S.C. [section]547223
AIntroduction and Definitions223
BElements of a Preference225
CAffirmative Defenses228
DMiscellaneous Provisions233
Summary235
Key Terms235
Chapter 16 Checklist235
Discussion Questions237
Chapter 17Fraudulent and Postpetition Transfers239
AFraudulent Transfers239
BPostpetition Transfers242
CLiability of Transferees243
DSetoffs246
Summary247
Key Terms248
Discussion Questions248
Part IVLiquidation and Claims249
Chapter 18Use, Sale, or Lease of Property251
ALiquidating Estate Assets251
BGeneral Rules251
CUse of Cash Collateral254
DEffect of the Automatic Stay255
ESales Free and Clear of Liens256
FOther Property Interests258
GMiscellaneous Provisions260
Summary261
Key Terms262
Chapter 18 Checklist262
Discussion Questions263
Chapter 19Executory Contracts and Leases265
AExecutory Contracts265
BAssuming a Contract267
CTime Limits for Assumption270
DMiscellaneous Provisions273
EReal Estate Contracts274
FIntellectual Property275
Summary275
Key Terms277
Chapter 19 Checklist277
Discussion Questions278
Chapter 20Miscellaneous Provisions Regarding Property of the Estate279
APreservation of Cash279
BUtility Service/Discrimination281
CAbandonment282
DObtaining Credit283
EHealth Care Bankruptcies286
FSystem Example287
Summary287
Key Term289
Discussion Questions289
Chapter 21Claims291
AClaim Determination291
BFiling a Proof of Claim292
CClaims Objections-Procedure294
DClaims Objections-Substance295
EAdministrative Expenses299
FFee Sharing Prohibition300
GTax Claims Determination301
HSecured Claims302
IStatement of Intention305
JRedemption306
KPriority Claims306
LPartnership Claims309
MCodebtor Claims309
NSubordination310
Summary311
Key Terms313
Chapter 21 Checklist313
Discussion Questions316
Chapter 22Administration317
AOrder of Distribution317
BMethod of Distribution319
CBankruptcy Administration Timeline320
Summary323
Key Terms323
Chapter 22 Checklist323
Discussion Questions324
Part VReorganization Proceedings325
Chapter 23Chapter 13: Reorganization Proceedings327
AIntroduction-Reorganization Proceedings327
BSpecial Chapter 13 Provisions328
CDismissal or Conversion-Reorganization Provisions330
DChapter 13 Plan Provisions333
EConfirmation Hearings339
FConfirmation Conditions340
GFeasibility Analysis342
HCramdown344
IEffect of Confirmation and Chapter 13 Discharge345
Summary347
Key Terms349
Chapter 23 Checklist349
Discussion Questions351
Chapter 24Chapter 11: Introduction and Administration353
AIntroduction to Chapter 11353
BActions to Take within 120 Days of Filing357
CDebtor-in-Possession Bank Accounts358
DInsider Compensation360
EOperating Reports361
FReviewing Operating Reports363
Summary365
Key Terms365
Chapter 24 Checklist366
Discussion Questions368
Chapter 25Chapter 11: Elements of a Plan369
AConfirmation Process-Overview369
BTime to File a Plan370
CPlan Characteristics373
DClassification of Claims374
EMandatory Plan Provisions376
FPermissive Plan Provisions377
GImpaired Claims379
Summary381
Key Terms382
Chapter 25 Checklist382
Discussion Questions384
Chapter 26Chapter 11: Plan Confirmation385
ADisclosure Statement385
BPlan Confirmation Packet388
CVoting Rules388
DModification of the Plan390
EBalloting Report391
FConfirmation Conditions391
GChapter 11 Cramdown395
HEffect of Confirmation and Chapter 11 Discharge398
Summary399

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