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Basic Bankruptcy Law For Paralegals

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9780735539754

ISBN10:
0735539758
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Pub. Date:
10/1/2004
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Summary

Proven effective through years of classroom use, Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals its Fifth Edition as a current, compact, and comprehensive 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 Fifth Edition keeps pace with developments in the law: current with all changes To The Code and Rules as of April 1, 2004, The text presents summaries of all important bankruptcy related Supreme Court cases decided in the 2004 term accompanying Forms Manual - containing all the basic official forms, plus a number of custom forms which are especially useful to small firms that do not specialize in bankruptcy practice - is now on the CD included with the book expanded chapter on Bankruptcy Research discusses more web-based research sources new glossary entries particular to large corporate 'mega' cases

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
Acknowledgments xxiii
Introduction: Paralegals and the Bankruptcy System 1(1)
Role of the Paralegal
2(1)
Common Activities
3(2)
Part I. History and Introduction
5(66)
A Short History of Bankruptcy
7(10)
Origins of Bankruptcy Systems
7(3)
Bankruptcy in the Middle Ages
10(1)
Early English Insolvency Laws
11(2)
Bankruptcy in the United States
13(4)
Summary
15(1)
Key Terms
16(1)
Discussion Questions
16(1)
Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code
17(8)
Organization of the Bankruptcy Code and a Note on the Text
17(1)
Overview of the Bankruptcy Code
18(3)
The Bankruptcy System
21(4)
Summary
23(1)
Key Terms
24(1)
Discussion Questions
24(1)
Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under State Law
25(8)
Article 6 UCC Bulk Sales
26(3)
Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors
29(1)
Composition Agreements
30(3)
Summary
31(1)
Key Terms
31(1)
Chapter 3 Checklist
32(1)
Discussion Questions
32(1)
Filing a Petition
33(16)
Voluntary Petitions
33(5)
Involuntary Petitions
38(11)
Summary
44(1)
Key Terms
45(1)
Chapter 4 Checklist
45(2)
Discussion Questions
47(2)
Chapter 1---General Provisions
49(12)
Notice and a Hearing
49(4)
Rules of Grammatical Construction
53(1)
Powers of the Court
54(1)
Statutes of Limitations
54(1)
Who May Be a Debtor
55(6)
Summary
58(1)
Key Terms
58(1)
Chapter 5 Checklist
58(2)
Discussion Questions
60(1)
Useful Definitions---Section 101
61(10)
Affiliates
61(1)
Claim
62(1)
Community Claim
62(1)
Corporation
62(1)
Creditor
63(1)
Custodian
63(1)
Debt
63(1)
Equity Security Holder
64(1)
Individual with Regular Income
64(1)
Insiders
64(1)
Insolvency
65(1)
Judicial Lien
66(1)
Lien
66(1)
Person
66(1)
Security
67(1)
Security Agreement
67(1)
Single Asset Real Estate
68(1)
Statutory Lien
68(1)
Transfer
69(2)
Summary
69(1)
Discussion Questions
70(1)
Part II. Debtor Relief
71(64)
Overview of Chapter 7
73(20)
Employment and Compensation of Professionals
74(5)
Bankruptcy Petition Preparers
79(1)
The Chapter 7 Process
80(4)
Rule 2004 Examinations
84(1)
Discharge and Reaffirmation
85(8)
Summary
88(2)
Key Terms
90(1)
Chapter 7 Checklist
90(1)
Discussion Questions
91(2)
Conversion and Dismissal
93(6)
Conversion
93(2)
Dismissal
95(4)
Summary
96(1)
Key Terms
97(1)
Discussion Questions
97(2)
Exemptions
99(16)
Background
99(2)
Selecting Exemptions
101(2)
Federal Exemptions
103(5)
Unaffected Claims
108(1)
Lien Avoidance to Preserve Exemption
109(1)
Claiming and Objecting to Exemptions
110(5)
Summary
111(1)
Key Terms
111(1)
Chapter 9 Checklist
112(1)
Discussion Questions
113(2)
Trustees, Examiners, and Creditors Committees
115(14)
Trustees
115(2)
The United States Trustee
117(2)
The Trustee's Duties
119(1)
Debtor-in-Possession
120(1)
Official Creditors Committees
121(2)
Chapter 11 Trustees and Examiners
123(6)
Summary
126(1)
Key Terms
127(1)
Discussion Questions
127(2)
Preparing a Proceeding for a Trustee
129(6)
Prefiling Actions
129(3)
Postfiling Actions
132(3)
Summary
133(1)
Chapter 11 Checklist
134(1)
Discussion Questions
134(1)
Part III. Bankruptcy Litigation
135(82)
The Automatic Stay---11 U.S.C. §362
137(20)
Introduction to Bankruptcy Litigation
137(1)
The Automatic Stay
138(1)
Activity Subject to the Automatic Stay
139(2)
Activity Not Subject to the Automatic Stay
141(4)
Duration of the Automatic Stay
145(1)
Obtaining Relief from the Automatic Stay
146(11)
Summary
152(2)
Key Terms
154(1)
Chapter 12 Checklist
154(2)
Discussion Questions
156(1)
Objections to Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts
157(18)
Distinguishing Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts
157(1)
Debts Nondischargeable without Creditor Action
158(5)
Debts Nondischargeable with Creditor Action
163(4)
Complaints to Determine Dischargeability of a Debt
167(2)
Objecting to Discharge
169(2)
Complaints Objecting to Discharge
171(4)
Summary
172(1)
Key Terms
173(1)
Discussion Questions
173(2)
Property of the Estate and Turnover Complaints
175(10)
Property of the Estate
175(5)
Turnover Complaints
180(5)
Summary
182(1)
Key Terms
183(1)
Discussion Questions
183(2)
Avoiding Powers---Introduction
185(6)
Function of the Trustee's Avoiding Powers
185(1)
Strong Arm Clause
186(1)
Limitations on Avoiding Powers
187(2)
Statutory Lien Avoidance
189(2)
Summary
190(1)
Key Terms
190(1)
Discussion Questions
190(1)
Avoidable Preferences---11 U.S.C. §547
191(16)
Introduction and Definitions
191(2)
Elements of a Preference
193(3)
Affirmative Defenses
196(5)
Miscellaneous Provisions
201(6)
Summary
202(1)
Key Terms
203(1)
Chapter 16 Checklist
203(2)
Discussion Questions
205(2)
Fraudulent and Postpetition Transfers
207(10)
Fraudulent Transfers
207(3)
Postpetition Transfers
210(1)
Liability of Transferees
211(2)
Setoffs
213(4)
Summary
215(1)
Key Terms
216(1)
Discussion Questions
216(1)
Part IV. Liquidation and Claims
217(74)
Use, Sale, or Lease of Property
219(14)
Liquidating Estate Assets
219(1)
General Rules
219(3)
Use of Cash Collateral
222(1)
Effect of the Automatic Stay
223(1)
Sales Free and Clear of Liens
223(2)
Other Property Interests
225(3)
Miscellaneous Provisions
228(5)
Summary
229(1)
Key Terms
230(1)
Chapter 18 Checklist
230(1)
Discussion Questions
231(2)
Executory Contracts and Leases
233(14)
Executory Contracts
233(2)
Assuming a Contract
235(2)
Time Limits for Assumption
237(2)
Miscellaneous Provisions
239(2)
Real Estate Contracts
241(1)
Intellectual Property
242(5)
Summary
242(1)
Key Terms
243(1)
Chapter 19 Checklist
244(1)
Discussion Questions
244(3)
Miscellaneous Provisions Regarding Property of the Estate
247(10)
Preservation of Cash
247(2)
Utility Service/Discrimination
249(1)
Abandonment
250(1)
Obtaining Credit
251(3)
System Example
254(3)
Summary
254(1)
Key Terms
255(1)
Discussion Questions
256(1)
Claims
257(26)
Claim Determination
257(1)
Filing a Proof of Claim
258(2)
Claims Objections --- Procedure
260(1)
Claims Objections --- Substance
261(4)
Administrative Expenses
265(1)
Fee Sharing Prohibition
266(1)
Tax Claims Determination
266(1)
Secured Claims
267(2)
Statement of Intention
269(1)
Redemption
270(1)
Priority Claims
271(2)
Foreign Proceedings
273(1)
Codebtor Claims
274(1)
Subordination
274(9)
Summary
275(2)
Key Terms
277(1)
Chapter 21 Checklist
278(2)
Discussion Questions
280(3)
Administration
283(8)
Order of Distribution
283(2)
Method of Distribution
285(1)
Bankruptcy Administration Timeline
286(5)
Summary
289(1)
Key Terms
289(1)
Chapter 22 Checklist
289(1)
Discussion Questions
290(1)
Part V. Reorganization Proceedings
291(82)
Chapter 13: Reorganization Proceedings
293(22)
Introduction---Reorganization Proceedings
293(1)
Special Chapter 13 Provisions
294(1)
Dismissal or Conversion---Reorganization Provisions
295(3)
Chapter 13 Plan Provisions
298(5)
Confirmation Hearings
303(1)
Confirmation Conditions
303(2)
Feasibility Analysis
305(1)
Cramdown
306(1)
Effect of Confirmation and Chapter 13 Discharge
307(8)
Summary
309(2)
Key Terms
311(1)
Chapter 23 Checklist
311(2)
Discussion Questions
313(2)
Chapter 11: Introduction and Administration
315(16)
Introduction to Chapter 11
315(4)
Actions to Take within 60 Days of Filing
319(1)
Debtor-in-Possession Bank Accounts
320(1)
Insider Compensation
321(1)
Operating Reports
322(2)
Reviewing Operating Reports
324(7)
Summary
326(1)
Key Terms
326(1)
Chapter 24 Checklist
327(1)
Discussion Questions
328(3)
Chapter 11: Elements of a Plan
331(16)
Confirmation Process --- Overview
331(1)
Time to File a Plan
332(3)
Plan Characteristics
335(1)
Classification of Claims
335(2)
Mandatory Plan Provisions
337(2)
Permissive Plan Provisions
339(1)
Impaired Claims
340(7)
Summary
342(1)
Key Terms
343(1)
Chapter 25 Checklist
343(2)
Discussion Questions
345(2)
Chapter 11: Plan Confirmation
347(18)
Disclosure Statement
347(2)
Plan Confirmation Packet
349(1)
Voting Rules
350(1)
Modification of the Plan
351(1)
Balloting Report
352(1)
Confirmation Conditions
352(3)
Chapter 11 Cramdown
355(3)
Effect of Confirmation and Chapter 11 Discharge
358(7)
Summary
359(2)
Key Terms
361(1)
Chapter 26 Checklist
361(3)
Discussion Questions
364(1)
Chapter 12: Reorganization Proceedings
365(8)
Purposes of Chapter 12
365(1)
Who May File Chapter 12
366(1)
Comparison to Chapters 11 and 13
367(1)
Unique Chapter 12 Features
368(1)
Chapter 12 Plans and Discharge
369(4)
Summary
370(1)
Key Term
371(1)
Discussion Questions
371(2)
Part VI. Review
373(52)
Introduction to Courts and Jurisdiction
375(10)
Bankruptcy and Federal Judges
375(2)
Activity within a Bankruptcy
377(1)
BAFJA
378(2)
Core and Noncore Proceedings
380(1)
Removal and Appeals
381(2)
Jury Trials
383(2)
Summary
383(1)
Key Terms
384(1)
Discussion Questions
384(1)
Statements and Schedules Tutorial
385(34)
Introduction
385(1)
Brad and Jenn Pittz Fact Memo
386(2)
Schedules
388(16)
Statement of Financial Affairs
404(15)
Summary
418(1)
Discussion Questions
418(1)
Researching Bankruptcy Issues
419(6)
Traditional Methods
419(3)
The Internet
422(3)
Chapter 30 Checklist
423(1)
Discussion Questions
423(2)
Appendix 1. Noticed Motions and Ex Parte Applications 425(2)
Appendix 2. Documents and Deadlines 427(2)
Glossary 429(16)
Table of Cases 445(2)
Table of Statutes 447(4)
Table of Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 451(2)
Table of Secondary Authorities 453(2)
Index 455


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