Collier on Bankruptcy

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Long recognized as the most authoritative and comprehensive single source of bankruptcy law information, Collier on Bankruptcy®, Sixteenth Edition from Matthew Bender®, has been cited in federal and state cases over 30,000 times, including 125 U.S. Supreme Court cases.* Click here to watch the authors reflect on the 125th anniversary of this seminal legal treatise.

The latest Supreme Court decision citing Collier on Bankruptcy was issued in 2023 - Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Coughlin, 2023 U.S. LEXIS 2544, at *13 (June 15, 2023) (“These protections sweep broadly, by their own terms. To facilitate the Code’s “orderly and centralized” debt resolution process, Collier on Bankruptcy ¶1.01 . . .”).

A hallmark of Collier has been its unprecedented array of contributors, who include some of the country's most respected practitioners and jurists. Their work is carefully reviewed by the distinguished Collier editors-in-chief and Board of Editors. The editors and authors are not only building upon a 100-year-old legacy, but are creating a practical and timely resource that is tailored for today's busiest lawyers. Collier never stands still, with updates four times a year to ensure that it always reflects the evolving law.

Collier on Bankruptcy is organized as follows:

•  Overview; Jurisdiction; Appeals; etc.

Volume 1 addresses those topics that are not tied to a particular Code section, encompassing all of the introductory material and the material on the bankruptcy court system, jurisdiction, venue, appeals, the U.S. trustee system, bankruptcy crimes, professional responsibility, fees and mediation. Chapter 10 focuses on suits against trustees and debtors in possession without leave of the bankruptcy court and the duty to comply with state law and to pay taxes. Also included are overviews of the Bankruptcy Code (Chapter 1), a chapter describing liquidations of broker-dealers under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (Chapter 12), a topical treatment of ancillary and cross-border insolvency cases (Chapter 13) and a thorough treatment of the history of bankruptcy legislation (Chapter 20)

•  Analysis of Bankruptcy Code

Volumes 2 through 8 cover Bankruptcy Code sections 101 through 1532, with chapters keyed sequentially to individual Code sections. Each chapter contains a discussion of the current law governing the applicable Code provision along with its history and derivation. These are the core volumes of Collier.

•  Analysis of Bankruptcy Rules

Volumes 9 and 10 cover the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, with chapters keyed sequentially to individual rules. The analysis includes the derivation of the rule covered, along with all Advisory Committee Notes.

•  Bankruptcy Taxation

Volume 11 has detailed treatment of bankruptcy taxation issues, including issues arising in connection with bankruptcy cases and litigation with the IRS in bankruptcy court.

•  Exemptions

Volumes 12 and 13 set forth state law exemptions of property in bankruptcy cases. Each chapter covers the state-law exemptions of a different state/territory (reprinting the statutory provisions). Federal non-Bankruptcy Code exemptions are also addressed, as are case highlights summarizing exemption-related issues discussed in bankruptcy decisions.

•  Commercial and Consumer Forms

Volumes 14 through 17 are devoted to forms for commercial bankruptcies. Volumes 18 and 19 focus on forms for consumer bankruptcies. Each part contains sample forms as well as discussion and notes explaining the forms and their use.

•  Primary Source Material (Vols. A - G)

Appendix Volumes A through G contain the relevant primary source material, including current versions of the Code, Rules, and Official Forms; the text of the Public Laws for all major bankruptcy legislation since 1978, with relevant legislative history; bankruptcy commission reports; and the text of other selected legislation. Volume E - 2 contains the text of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act and its relevant legislative history.

•  Indices and Tables (Vol. Star)

The star volume contains a general index as well as indexes for the tax and forms material. Also included is a table of cases.

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Table of contents


Chapter 1 Overview of the Bankruptcy Code

Chapter 2 Bankruptcy Courts

Chapter 3 Jurisdiction and Powers of District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts

Chapter 4 Venue of Cases and Proceedings

Chapter 5 Appeals

Chapter 6 The United States Trustee System

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Crimes

Chapter 8 Professional Responsibility

Chapter 9 Filing and Administrative Fees

Chapter 10 Suits Against Trustees and Debtors in Possession Without Leave of the Bankruptcy Court, and the Duty to Comply with State Law and to Pay Taxes

Chapter 11 Mediation in Bankruptcy

Chapter 12 Liquidations of Broker Dealers under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (SIPA)

Chapters 13 Ancillary and Other Cross-Border Insolvency Cases under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code

Chapter 14 [Reserved]

Chapter 15 Corporate Governance in Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Chapters 16 through 19 [Reserved]

Chapter 20 History of United States Bankruptcy Legislation

Chapter 21 Corporate Reorganization Law and Practice under the Bankruptcy Act of 1898


Chapters 101 - 308 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 101 - 308)


Chapters 321 - 366 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 321 - 366)


Chapters 501 - 528 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 501 - 528)


Chapters 541 - 562 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 541 - 562)


Chapters 700 - 946 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 701 - 946)


Chapters 1100 - 1129 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 1101 - 1129)


Chapters 1141 - 1532 (Bankruptcy Code §§ 1141 - 1532)


Chapters 1001 - 5012 (Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1001 - 5012)


Chapters 6001 - 9037 (Fed. R. Bankr. P. 6001 - 9037)


Tax Guide

Chapter TX1 Policies and History

Chapter TX2 Federal Taxation of the Non-Corporate Bankruptcy Estate

Chapter TX3 Tax Reporting Requirements

Chapter TX4 Priority and Dischargeability of Tax Claims

Chapter TX5 Litigation with the IRS in Bankruptcy Court

Chapter TX6 Discharge of Indebtedness and I.R.C. Section 108 Relief

Chapter TX7 Tax Treatment of Creditors

Chapter TX8 Exchange of Corporate Stock for Debt

Chapter TX9 Debt for Debt Exchanges

Chapter TX10 Tax-Free Reorganization of Debtor Corporations

Chapter TX11 Preservation and Use of Net Operating Losses and Other Corporate Tax Attributes

Chapter TX11A Consolidated Return Issues in Bankruptcy

Chapter TX12 State and Local Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy

Chapter TX13 Financially Troubled Partnerships

Chapter TX14 Tax Consequences of Disputed Claims Reserves and Creditors' Trusts

Chapter TX15 Miscellaneous Tax Issues

Chapter TX16 Tax Disclosure in a Bankruptcy Disclosure Statement

Chapter TX17 Checklist: Tax Planning and Practice Strategies for Individuals

Chapter TX18 Tax Planning Checklist and Practice Strategies for Corporate Chapter 11 Debtors


State Exemptions




State Exemptions (continued)


Exemption of Property Held as Tenants by the Entirety

Federal Non-Bankruptcy Code Exemptions \ Research Guide to Legislative History of 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)

Case Highlights


Commercial Forms

Part 1 Abandoning Property of the Estate

Part 2 Establishing the Attorney-Client Relationship
Part 3 Disclosure of Attorney's Fees

Part 4 Modifying, Maintaining and Enforcing the Automatic Stay

Part 5 Filing and Responding to Claims and Interests

Part 6 Closing the Case: Continuing Jurisdiction

Part 7 Collective Bargaining Agreements

Part 8 Commencement of the Voluntary Case

Part 9 Committees in Chapter 11 Cases

Part 10 Compensation


Commercial Forms (continued)

Part 11 Conversions

Part 12 Employment of Professional Persons

Part 13 Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases

Part 14 Fraudulent Transfers

Part 15 Involuntary Petitions

Part 16 Examination of the Debtor and Other Entities

Part 17 Municipalities

Part 18 Operation of Debtor's Business

Part 19 Chapter 15 Ancillary and Other Cross-Border Insolvency Cases


Commercial Forms (continued)

Part 20 Plans: Disclosure Statements

Part 21 Plans: Drafting and Filing the Plan

App. 21 Sample Plans and Disclosure Statements

Part 21A Plans: Modification of Plans

Part 22 Plans: Obtaining Acceptance of Plans

Part 23 Plans: Obtaining Confirmation of Plans


Part 24 Preferential Transfers

Part 25 Trustees and Examiners

Part 26 Turnover

Part 27 Continuation of Utility Services

Part 28 Using, Selling or Leasing Property of the Estate

Part 29 Procedure

Part 30 Appointment of Ombudsman


Consumer Forms

Part CS1 Abandoning Property of the Estate

Part CS2 Adversary Proceedings

Part CS3 Appeals

Part CS4 Establishing the Attorney-Client Relationship

Part CS5 Attorney's Fees

Part CS6 Modifying, Maintaining and Enforcing the Automatic Stay

Part CS7 Trustee's Avoiding Powers

Part CS8 Filing and Responding to Claims and Interests

Part CS9 Codebtor Stay

Part CS10 Commencement of the Case

Part CS10A Dismissal of the Case

Part CS11 Compensation


Consumer Forms (continued)

Part CS12 Conversions

Part CS13 Dischargeability of Debt

Part CS14 Discharge

Part CS15 Discrimination

Part CS16 Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases

Part CS17 Exemptions and Lien Avoidance

Part CS18 Meeting of Creditors

Part CS19 Plans

Part CS20 Reaffirmation

Part CS21 Redemption

Part CS22 Reopening the Case

Part CS23 Trustees

Part CS24 Turnover

Part CS25 Utilities

Part CS26 Procedure



Treatise Index

Forms Index Tax Index

Table of Cases