Bankruptcy 101 Bootcamp for the Attorney & Paralegal (Incl. 1 Ethics hour)


Re-Broadcast on April 24, 2017

Bankruptcy affects your practice no matter what kind of law you do. This basic – intermediate course will cover the automatic stay, the differences between chapter 7 and 13, how to decide which chapter to file, the means test, dealing with bankruptcy Trustees, motions and ethical issues. We will also discuss how to effectively deal with clients at a very stressful time for them.

This course is a great training tool for Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Concepts are presented logically and in plain English.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The Basics
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 13
  • Which Chapter to File?
  • Ethical Considerations in Bankruptcy

Date / Time: April 24, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Pacific

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  • Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
  • On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.



mylaw-eric_boardEric Bolves has practiced law since 1983 and specialized in the areas of Business, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Social Security Disability. He has been appointed as Attorney Ad Litem by Judges in over 1,500 foreclosure cases over the last 15 years and has filed over 4,500 bankruptcies for business and individuals since 1988. Eric speaks Spanish fluently.

Areas of practice include Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Real Estate. Practice before the Administrative Law Court of the Social Security Administration since 1998.

Admitted to practice by the Florida Supreme Court May 27, 1983.
Admitted to practice by the United States District Court July 26, 1983.

Books Written:
Grandma’s Recipe For Debt Free Living (2009)
The Halt Foreclosure Manual (2008)

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Section I:  The Basics 
a) Bankruptcy Law
        i. A little History
        ii. The Chapters: An overview
        iii. The Law
                • Code
                • Rules
                • Local Rules
                        › Judges Rules
        iv. The Automatic Stay
        v. The Discharge
b) The role of the attorney
        i. Responsibilities under the “new” law

Section II: Chapter 7
a) Basics
        i. Definition
        ii. The Parties
        iii. Timeline
b) The Means test
c) The Chapter 7 Trustee
        i. Responsibilities
        ii. Powers
        iii. Liquidator or “Super Creditor”
                • Intermediary
                • How does the Trustee get paid?
d) The Motions: Additional Relief Available
        i. Debtor’s Motions
        ii. Creditor’s Motions
        iii. Trustee’s Motions
e) Tax Consequences of Bankruptcy

Section III: Chapter 13
a) Basics
        i. Definition
        ii. The Parties
        iii. Timeline
b) The Chapter 13 Trustee
        i. Responsibilities
        ii. Powers
        iii. Pay Center
        iv. How does the Trustee get paid?
c) The Plan
        i. How to draft a Plan
d) The Motions: Additional Relief Available
        i. Debtor’s Motions
                • Lien Stripping
        ii. Creditor’s Motions
                • Trustee’s Motions

Section IV: Which Chapter to File?
a) Dealing with the clients
b) Learning Critical information from the client
        i. The funnel
        ii. The filter
c) The Means Test
d) Pre•Bankruptcy Planning
        i. Protecting assets vs. hiding assets
        ii. Statement of Financial Affairs
e) Preparing the Schedules
        i. A walk through the worksheets.
                • “We want to know everything!”
                • Pre-bankruptcy credit counseling
                • Financial information needed
        ii. The Petition
                • Chapter 7
                • Chapter 13
        iii. Pacer. No paper, please.
                • Get trained
                • A demonstration

Section V: Ethical Considerations In Bankruptcy 
a) Responsibilities to the Client
b) Responsibilities to the Court
c) Conflicts between the two
        i. “How will they know?”
        ii. “Just between you and me…”
d) Recent Ethical Developments
        i. Unauthorized Practice of Law
e) Managing your staff
        i. Unauthorized Practice of Law
                • What is giving advice?
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