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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: How to Handle a No-Asset Case from Intake to Discharge
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When: Monday, October 27, 2014
5:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Where: BAMC Building Conference Room
27 West Jefferson Street
Rockville, Maryland  20850
Contact: Yesenia Mendez, CLE Seminars Coordinator

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Speakers: Laura Marguiles, Esq. and Frederick Nix, Esq. of Laura Marguiles & Associates, LLC

Since the enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), even so called “simple” Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases have become so seemingly complex that many practitioners have stopped taking cases. This has led to an increase in the prevalence of non-attorney bankruptcy petition preparers and pro se debtors, whose cases are often dismissed or poorly prosecuted. But these debtors need not go without counsel. After taking this course, you will have the knowledge necessary to handle a basic “No Asset” Chapter 7 case, from the intake of the client to the discharge of the client’s debts. The course will cover: An overview of Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy; the role of the bankruptcy trustee; the intake process; documentation requirements; filing fees; preparing the bankruptcy petition and schedules, including income and expenses and exemptions; the means test; representing your client at the Meeting of Creditors; understanding reaffirmation agreements; representing your client at the reaffirmation hearing; dischargeable vs. non-dischargeable debts; Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF); and Best Case bankruptcy software. The course will be taught by Laura Margulies, who is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Fred Nix, an associate with Laura Margulies & Associates, LLC.