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Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income (Free)

Thursday September 26

  • By: Practising Law Institute
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Webinar (Live)
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute
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Although the recession is beginning to even out and foreclosures in many parts of the country are in the decline, the recession continues to affect financially marginalized people in disproportionate numbers. Many debtors are unrepresented and bankruptcy clinics are still in great demand.

This free program was designed for the practitioner, paralegal and legal assistant who is new to bankruptcy or new to BAPCPA. It is a basic "How to File a Chapter 7" program. If you want to volunteer in pro bono clinics, develop bankruptcy as one of your practice areas or are a new attorney who wants to develop a bankruptcy practice, this program will give you the tools you need to get started.


•An overview of Chapter 7 bankruptcy including legal sources, jurisdiction, venue, eligibility and the parties
•Your duties as a bankruptcy attorney and debt relief agency, how to evaluate and interview a client, how to choose between a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, and your responsibilities of investigation (due diligence)
•How the discharge works and the effectiveness of the automatic stay
•How to protect the debtor's property through exemptions
•An in depth overview of the means test
•How to prepare the schedules in a Chapter 7 and prepare your client for the meeting of creditors

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  • CLE Credit Comments: Approved for 7 hours of CLE

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