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Basic Bankruptcy for Paralegals & Support,9780735557536

Basic Bankruptcy for Paralegals & Support

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Summary

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 http://www.aspenlawschool.com/buchbinder_bankruptcy6

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
Acknowledgments xxiii
Introduction: Paralegals and the Bankruptcy System 1(4)
A. Role of the Paralegal
2(1)
B. Common Activities
3(2)
Part I. History and Introduction 5(86)
Chapter 1. A Short History of Bankruptcy
7(10)
A. Origins of Bankruptcy Systems
7(3)
B. Bankruptcy in the Middle Ages
10(1)
C. Early English Insolvency Laws
11(2)
D. Bankruptcy in the United States
13(4)
Summary
15(1)
Key Terms
16(1)
Discussion Questions
16(1)
Chapter 2. Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code
17(8)
A. Organization of the Bankruptcy Code and a Note on the Text
17(1)
B. Overview of the Bankruptcy Code
18(4)
C. The Bankruptcy System
22(3)
Summary
23(1)
Key Terms
24(1)
Discussion Questions
24(1)
Chapter 3. Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under State Law
25(10)
A. Article 6 UCC Bulk Sales
26(3)
B. Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors
29(1)
C. Composition Agreements
30(5)
Summary
31(1)
Key Terms
32(1)
Chapter 3 Checklist
32(1)
Discussion Questions
33(2)
Chapter 4. Filing a Petition
35(22)
A. Gatekeeper Provisions in Individual Bankruptcies
35(3)
B. Voluntary Petitions
38(6)
C. Involuntary Petitions
44(13)
Summary
50(1)
Key Terms
51(1)
Chapter 4 Checklist
52(2)
Discussion Questions
54(3)
Chapter 5. Chapter 1—General Provisions
57(22)
A. Notice and a Hearing
57(4)
B. Rules of Grammatical Construction
61(1)
C. Powers of the Court
62(1)
D. Statutes of Limitations
63(1)
E. Who May Be a Debtor
64(2)
F. Needs Based Bankruptcy
66(5)
G. Needs Based Bankruptcy Examples
71(8)
Summary
74(1)
Key Terms
74(1)
Chapter 5 Checklist
75(2)
Discussion Questions
77(2)
Chapter 6. Useful Definitions—Section 101
79(12)
A. Affiliates
79(1)
B. Claim
80(1)
C. Community Claim
80(1)
D. Corporation
81(1)
E. Creditor
81(1)
F. Current Monthly Income
81(1)
G. Custodian
82(1)
H. Debt
82(1)
I. Debt Relief Agency
82(1)
J. Domestic Support Obligations
83(1)
K. Equity Security Holder
83(1)
L. Individual with Regular Income
83(1)
M. Insiders
84(1)
N. Insolvency
84(1)
O. Judicial Lien
85(1)
P. Lien
86(1)
Q. Median Family Income
86(1)
R. Person
86(1)
S. Security
87(1)
T. Security Agreement
87(1)
U. Single Asset Real Estate
88(1)
V. Statutory Lien
88(1)
W. Transfer
89(4)
Summary
89(1)
Discussion Questions
90(1)
Part II. Debtor Relief 91(72)
Chapter 7. Overview of Chapter 7
93(22)
A. Employment and Compensation of Professionals
94(5)
B. Bankruptcy Petition Preparers
99(2)
C. The Chapter 7 Process
101(4)
D. Rule 2004 Examinations
105(1)
E. Discharge and Reaffirmation
106(9)
Summary
110(2)
Key Terms
112(1)
Chapter 7 Checklist
112(2)
Discussion Questions
114(1)
Chapter 8. Conversion and Dismissal
115(6)
A. Conversion
115(3)
B. Dismissal
118(3)
Summary
119(1)
Key Terms
119(1)
Discussion Questions
120(1)
Chapter 9. Exemptions
121(18)
A. Background
121(3)
B. Selecting Exemptions
124(1)
C. Federal Exemptions
125(6)
D. Unaffected Claims
131(1)
E. Lien Avoidance to Preserve Exemption
132(1)
F. Claiming and Objecting to Exemptions
133(6)
Summary
134(1)
Key Terms
135(1)
Chapter 9 Checklist
135(2)
Discussion Questions
137(2)
Chapter 10. Trustees, Examiners, and Creditors Committees
139(16)
A. Trustees
139(2)
B. The United States Trustee
141(2)
C. The Trustee's Duties
143(2)
D. Debtor-in-Possession
145(1)
E. Official Creditors Committees
145(3)
F. Chapter 11 Trustees and Examiners
148(3)
G. Ombudsman
151(4)
Summary
151(1)
Key Terms
152(1)
Discussion Questions
153(2)
Chapter 11. Preparing a Proceeding for a Trustee
155(8)
A. Prefiling Actions
155(4)
B. Postfiling Actions
159(6)
Summary
160(1)
Chapter 11 Checklist
161(1)
Discussion Questions
161(2)
Part III. Bankruptcy litigation 163(86)
Chapter 12. The Automatic Stay-11 U.S.C. §362
165(24)
A. Introduction to Bankruptcy Litigation
165(1)
B. The Automatic Stay
166(1)
C. Activity Subject to the Automatic Stay
167(2)
D. Activity Not Subject to the Automatic Stay
169(6)
E. Duration of the Automatic Stay
175(2)
F. Obtaining Relief from the Automatic Stay
177(12)
Summary
184(1)
Key Terms
185(1)
Chapter 12 Checklist
186(2)
Discussion Questions
188(1)
Chapter 13. Objections to Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts
189(18)
A. Distinguishing Discharge and Dischargeability of Debts
189(1)
B. Debts Nondischargeable without Creditor Action
190(6)
C. Debts Nondischargeable with Creditor Action
196(4)
D. Complaints to Determine Dischargeability of a Debt
200(1)
E. Objecting to Discharge
201(3)
F. Complaints Objecting to Discharge
204(3)
Summary
205(1)
Key Terms
206(1)
Discussion Questions
206(1)
Chapter 14. Property of the Estate and Turnover Complaints
207(10)
A. Property of the Estate
207(6)
B. Turnover Complaints
213(4)
Summary
214(1)
Key Terms
215(1)
Discussion Questions
216(1)
Chapter 15. Avoiding Powers—Introduction
217(6)
A. Function of the Trustee's Avoiding Powers
217(1)
B. Strong Arm Clause
218(1)
C. Limitations on Avoiding Powers
219(2)
D. Statutory Lien Avoidance
221(2)
Summary
222(1)
Key Terms
222(1)
Discussion Questions
222(1)
Chapter 16. Avoidable Preferences —11 U.S.C. §547
223(16)
A. Introduction and Definitions
223(2)
B. Elements of a Preference
225(3)
C. Affirmative Defenses
228(5)
D. Miscellaneous Provisions
233(6)
Summary
235(1)
Key Terms
235(1)
Chapter 16 Checklist
235(2)
Discussion Questions
237(2)
Chapter 17. Fraudulent and Postpetition Transfers
239(10)
A. Fraudulent Transfers
239(3)
B. Postpetition Transfers
242(1)
C. Liability of Transferees
243(3)
D. Setoffs
246(5)
Summary
247(1)
Key Terms
248(1)
Discussion Questions
248(1)
Part IV. Liquidation and Claims 249(76)
Chapter 18. Use, Sale, or Lease of Property
251(14)
A. Liquidating Estate Assets
251(1)
B. General Rules
251(3)
C. Use of Cash Collateral
254(1)
D. Effect of the Automatic Stay
255(1)
E. Sales Free and Clear of Liens
256(2)
F. Other Property Interests
258(2)
G. Miscellaneous Provisions
260(5)
Summary
261(1)
Key Terms
262(1)
Chapter 18 Checklist
262(1)
Discussion Questions
263(2)
Chapter 19. Executory Contracts and Leases
265(14)
A. Executory Contracts
265(2)
B. Assuming a Contract
267(3)
C. Time Limits for Assumption
270(3)
D. Miscellaneous Provisions
273(1)
E. Real Estate Contracts
274(1)
F. Intellectual Property
275(4)
Summary
275(2)
Key Terms
277(1)
Chapter 19 Checklist
277(1)
Discussion Questions
278(1)
Chapter 20. Miscellaneous Provisions Regarding Property of the Estate
279(12)
A. Preservation of Cash
279(2)
B. Utility Service/Discrimination
281(1)
C. Abandonment
282(1)
D. Obtaining Credit
283(3)
E. Health Care Bankruptcies
286(1)
F. System Example
287(4)
Summary
287(2)
Key Term
289(1)
Discussion Questions
289(2)
Chapter 21. Claims
291(26)
A. Claim Determination
291(1)
B. Filing a Proof of Claim
292(2)
C. Claims Objections—Procedure
294(1)
D. Claims Objections—Substance
295(4)
E. Administrative Expenses
299(1)
F. Fee Sharing Prohibition
300(1)
G. Tax Claims Determination
301(1)
H. Secured Claims
302(3)
I. Statement of Intention
305(1)
J. Redemption
306(1)
K. Priority Claims
306(3)
L. Partnership Claims
309(1)
M. Codebtor Claims
309(1)
N. Subordination
310(7)
Summary
311(2)
Key Terms
313(1)
Chapter 21 Checklist
313(3)
Discussion Questions
316(1)
Chapter 22. Administration
317(8)
A. Order of Distribution
317(2)
B. Method of Distribution
319(1)
C. Bankruptcy Administration Timeline
320(7)
Summary
323(1)
Key Terms
323(1)
Chapter 22 Checklist
323(1)
Discussion Questions
324(1)
Part V. Reorganization Proceedings 325(88)
Chapter 23. Chapter 13: Reorganization Proceedings
327(26)
A. Introduction—Reorganization Proceedings
327(1)
B. Special Chapter 13 Provisions
328(2)
C. Dismissal or Conversion—Reorganization Provisions
330(3)
D. Chapter 13 Plan Provisions
333(6)
E. Confirmation Hearings
339(1)
F. Confirmation Conditions
340(2)
G. Feasibility Analysis
342(2)
H. Cramdown
344(1)
I. Effect of Confirmation and Chapter 13 Discharge
345(8)
Summary
347(2)
Key Terms
349(1)
Chapter 23 Checklist
349(2)
Discussion Questions
351(2)
Chapter 24. Chapter 11: Introduction and Administration
353(16)
A. Introduction to Chapter 11
353(4)
B. Actions to Take within 120 Days of Filing
357(1)
C. Debtor-in-Possession Bank Accounts
358(2)
D. Insider Compensation
360(1)
E. Operating Reports
361(2)
F. Reviewing Operating Reports
363(6)
Summary
365(1)
Key Terms
365(1)
Chapter 24 Checklist
366(2)
Discussion Questions
368(1)
Chapter 25. Chapter 11: Elements of a Plan
369(16)
A. Confirmation Process—Overview
369(1)
B. Time to File a Plan
370(3)
C. Plan Characteristics
373(1)
D. Classification of Claims
374(2)
E. Mandatory Plan Provisions
376(1)
F. Permissive Plan Provisions
377(2)
G. Impaired Claims
379(6)
Summary
381(1)
Key Terms
382(1)
Chapter 25 Checklist
382(2)
Discussion Questions
384(1)
Chapter 26. Chapter 11: Plan Confirmation
385(20)
A. Disclosure Statement
385(3)
B. Plan Confirmation Packet
388(1)
C. Voting Rules
388(2)
D. Modification of the Plan
390(1)
E. Balloting Report
391(1)
F. Confirmation Conditions
391(4)
G. Chapter 11 Cramdown
395(3)
H. Effect of Confirmation and Chapter 11 Discharge
398(7)
Summary
399(2)
Key Terms
401(1)
Chapter 26 Checklist
401(3)
Discussion Questions
404(1)
Chapter 27. Chapter 12: Reorganization Proceedings
405(8)
A. Purposes of Chapter 12
405(1)
B. Who May File Chapter 12
406(2)
C. Comparison to Chapters 11 and 13
408(1)
D. Unique Chapter 12 Features
408(2)
E. Chapter 12 Plans and Discharge
410(5)
Summary
411(1)
Key Terms
412(1)
Discussion Questions
412(1)
Part VI. Review 413(52)
Chapter 28. Introduction to Courts and Jurisdiction
415(10)
A. Bankruptcy and Federal Judges
415(2)
B. Activity within a Bankruptcy
417(1)
C. BAFJA
418(2)
D. Core and Noncore Proceedings
420(1)
E. Removal and Appeals
421(2)
F. Jury Trials
423(2)
Summary
423(1)
Key Terms
424(1)
Discussion Questions
424(1)
Chapter 29. Statements and Schedules Tutorial
425(34)
A. Introduction
425(1)
B. Brad and Jenn Pittz Fact Memo
426(2)
C. Schedules
428(16)
D. Statement of Financial Affairs
444(15)
Summary
458(1)
Discussion Questions
458(1)
Chapter 30. Researching Bankruptcy Issues
459(6)
A. Traditional Methods
459(3)
B. The Internet
462(3)
Chapter 30 Checklist
463(1)
Discussion Questions
463(2)
Appendix 1. Needs Based Bankruptcy 465(4)
Appendix 2. Noticed Motions and Ex Parte Applications 469(2)
Appendix 3. Documents and Deadlines 471(2)
Glossary 473(18)
Table of Cases 491(2)
Table of Statutes 493(4)
Table of Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 497(2)
Table of Secondary Authorities 499(2)
Index 501


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