Adding Bankruptcy to Your Law Practice: Complete Guide to Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, Including Detailed Training for Paralegals and Associates


CLE credits earned: 5 GENERAL (or 5 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Experienced bankruptcy practitioners are expecting a flood of bankruptcy filings rivaling the real estate crash. Even before the pandemic shut down, interest in bankruptcies had begun to climb due to extremely high credit card debt.

While aspects of bankruptcy can be extremely complicated, chapter 7 has a much easier learning curve. With the right training and tools, an attorney with no experience in bankruptcy can be filing chapter 7 very quickly. This course is designed to educate the attorney and staff about the basics of chapter 7 and how to effectively represent a debtor from start to finish.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  Overview of the Bankruptcy code, including recent changes and the effects of the CARES ACT
•  Filing a chapter 7 from A to Z
•  Chapter 7 Intake Process
•  How to qualify for chapter 7 filing
•  Chapter 7 Petition preparation training
•  The “Creditor’s Meeting”: 341 Hearing Process and Dealing with the Trustee
•  Chapter 7 Software Review and Filing Petition Process

Date / Time: March 9, 2021

•   11:00 am – 4:45 pm Eastern
•   10:00 am – 3:45 pm Central
•   9:00 am – 2:45 pm Mountain
•   8:00 am – 1:45 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 5 Business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: May 28, 2020

Eric Bolves has been practicing bankruptcy law since 1988 and has filed over 4500 cases. He has presented hundreds of hours of continuing legal education courses. He has law since 1983 in the areas of Social Security Disability, Consumer Rights, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy and has been appointed as Attorney and Guardian Ad Litem by Judges in over 1,500 foreclosure cases in every county in the state of Florida since 1995.

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Overview of the Bankruptcy code, including recent changes and the effects of the CARES ACT (30 min)
(11:00am to 11:30am ET)
• Bankruptcy Law
o Code
o Rules
o Local Rules
 Judges Rules
o The Automatic Stay
o The Discharge
• The role of the attorney
o Responsibilities under the law.

Filing a Chapter 7 From A to Z (30 min)
(11:30am to 12:00noon ET)
• Basics
o Definitions
o The Parties
o Timeline
• The Means test
• The Motions: Additional Relief Available
o Debtor’s Motions
o Creditor’s Motions
o Trustee’s Motions

Chapter 7 Intake Process (60 Min)
(12:00 noon to 1:00pm ET)
• Dealing with the clients
• Learning Critical information from the client
o The funnel
o The filter
• Pre-Bankruptcy Planning
o Protecting assets vs. hiding assets.
o Statement of Financial Affairs

(30 minute break)

Chapter 7 Means Test: How to Qualify for Chapter 7 Filing (30 Min)
(1:30pm to 2:00pm ET)
• Qualifying for a Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13
• Impact of the CARES ACT

Chapter 7 Petition Preparation Training (90 Min)
(2:00pm to 3:30pm ET)
• Preparing the Schedules
o A walk through the worksheets.
 “We want to know everything!”
 Pre-bankruptcy credit counseling
 Financial information needed.
o Chapter 7 Petition
o Pacer. No paper please
 Get trained
 A demonstration

(15 minute break)

The “Creditor’s Meeting”: 341 Hearing Process and Dealing with the Trustee (30 Min)
(3:45pm to 4:15pm ET)
o Responsibilities
o Powers
o Liquidator or “Super Creditor”
 Intermediary
 How does the Trustee get paid?

Chapter 7 Software Review and Filing Petition Process (30 Min)
(4:15 to 4:45 pm ET)