Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide

Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide is a complete, transaction-based guide to consumer bankruptcy written by renowned expert Henry J. Sommer, co-Editor-in-Chief of Collier on Bankruptcy, the preeminent treatise on bankruptcy law.

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Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide is a complete, transaction-based guide to consumer bankruptcy written with the practitioner in mind. It assists you through all phases of your client's case, with detailed and practical guidance, detailed discussions and step-by-step analysis of every phase of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case.

Written by a renowned expert in consumer bankruptcy, Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide is uniquely designed for solo practitioners and small consumer bankruptcy firms. Special features, such as "Practice Notes," "Planning Notes," "Illustrations" and "Warnings," appear in text boxes and highlight tactical and strategic information. "More information" text boxes provide cross-references to relevant portions of the book discussing issues in further detail. Inside you'll also find:

• methods and strategies for interviewing the debtor
• counseling the debtor about bankruptcy options
• choosing the type of bankruptcy offering the greatest advantage to the client
• agreements for and disclosure of attorney's fees
• preparing and filing the forms, statements and schedules used in a typical bankruptcy case
• enforcing the automatic and codebtor stay, as well as motions for relief from the stay
• claiming and objecting to exemptions
• preparing for the meeting of creditors
• litigation procedures in bankruptcy cases

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Overview of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 

Chapter 2 Overview of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 3 Interviewing the Debtor and Investigating the Facts

Chapter 4 Counseling the Debtor About Bankruptcy Options

Chapter 5 Attorney's Fees for Debtor's Counsel -- Agreements and Disclosure

Chapter 6 Commencement of the Case

Chapter 7 Appointment of Trustee and Trustee's Duties

Chapter 8 Enforcing the Automatic Stay

Chapter 9 The Codebtor Stay in Chapter 13

Chapter 10 Motions for Relief from the Automatic Stay or Codebtor Stay

Chapter 11 Turnover of Property Held by Third Parties

Chapter 12 Utility Services in Bankruptcy Cases

Chapter 13 Exemptions: Claiming and Objecting to Them

Chapter 14 The Chapter 13 Plan

Chapter 15 Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases

Chapter 16 Meeting of Creditors

Chapter 17 Avoiding Powers of the Trustee

Chapter 18 Avoiding Powers of the Debtor

Chapter 19 Filing and Objecting to Proofs of Claims

Chapter 20 Confirmation of the Chapter 13 Plan

Chapter 21 Compensation of Professionals

Chapter 22 Modification of Plan After Confirmation

Chapter 23 Dismissal of Bankruptcy Cases

Chapter 24 Conversion of Cases from One Chapter to Another

Chapter 25 Redemption of Property in Chapter 7 Cases

Chapter 26 Dischargeability of Debts

Chapter 27 Reaffirmation of Debts

Chapter 28 Abandonment of Property

Chapter 29 Obtaining a Discharge

Chapter 30 Protections From Discrimination Against Bankruptcy Debtors

Chapter 31 Reopening Bankruptcy Cases

Chapter 32 Litigation Procedures in Bankruptcy Cases

Chapter 33 Appeals in Bankruptcy Cases