Training Course Syllabus:
Walk Through Consumer Bankruptcy Procedures and Forms
Relying on bankruptcy software to file petitions will only get you so far. This line-by-line workshop will give you the practical knowledge necessary to double-check your software's work and confidently answer “line item” questions from trustees, creditors and judges. With the help of carefully-crafted debtor scenarios, experienced practitioners will guide you through each form you need to file, clearing up ambiguities and pointing out potential pitfalls. You'll even get detailed instruction on the ever-confusing means test and Chapter 13 plans! Bankruptcy is a field of land mines and evolving interpretations of law – make sure you're prepared to guide your clients through the filing process. Register today!
- Walk through the bankruptcy schedules and forms line-by-line, so you can knowledgeably explain the numbers submitted when questioned by the trustee, creditors or bankruptcy court.
- Unravel the complexity and ambiguity of the means test with veteran practitioners at your side.
- Gain a clear understanding of which chapter to file depending on your client's situation and assets.
- Learn the procedural steps for filing Chapter 7, 11 and 13, so you can confidently file cases for debtors.
- Avoid paperwork mistakes by learning how to properly complete schedules.
- Confidently structure payments and decide categories in the Chapter 13 repayment plan.
- Get insider tips on what trustees look for in consumer bankruptcy filings.
- Consumer Bankruptcy Fundamentals
9:00 - 10:00, Written by Catherine L. Molnar-Boncela. Presented by Catherine L. Molnar-Boncela in Indianapolis and Merrillville.
- The Basics of Chapters 7, 11 and 13: What They Are, How They Differ and Which One to Choose
- The Client Interview, Intake Forms and Retainer Agreements
- Means Test Workshop
10:15 - 11:00,
Written by Catherine L. Molnar-Boncela. Presented by Catherine L. Molnar-Boncela in Indianapolis and Merrillville.
Using real-life debtor scenarios, experienced faculty will walk through the tricky B22A statement line-by-line to shed light on ambiguous areas and determine whether various debtors' incomes make them ineligible for Chapter 7.
- Bankruptcy Filing Procedures
11:00 - 12:00, Written by Colby J. Leonard. Presented by Colby J. Leonard in Indianapolis and Adam D. Decker in Merrillville.
- Filing and Notice Procedures for Chapters 7, 11 and 13
- Electronic Filing (ECF)
- List of Official Bankruptcy Forms (B1-B26) and Their Purposes
- Chapter 7 Workshop: Filling in the Required Forms Line-by-Line
1:00 - 2:00,
Written by Matthew Boruta. Presented by Matthew Boruta in Indianapolis and Adam D. Decker in Merrillville.
Using a hypothetical case study, faculty will walk through each of the required forms, excluding the already addressed B22A.
- Chapter 13 Workshop: Filling in the Required Forms Line-by-Line
2:00 - 3:00,
Written by Matthew Boruta. Presented by Matthew Boruta in Indianapolis and George R. Livarchik in Merrillville.
Using a hypothetical case study, faculty will walk through each of the required forms, including Form B22C.
- Structuring the Chapter 13 Repayment Plan
3:15 - 4:30, Written by Colby J. Leonard.
Presented by Colby J. Leonard in Indianapolis and George R. Livarchik in Merrillville.
- Standards of Confirmation
- Role of Exemptions in Chapter 13
- Best Interests of Creditors Test and Best Efforts Test
- Payment of Priority Claims and Secured Claims on Personal Property
- Lien Stripping
- Structuring Payments – A Case Study
- Negotiating Plan Payments With the Trustee
- 341 Meetings and Objections to Confirmation
- Plan Confirmation and Modifications