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Consumer Bankruptcy Forum

Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Consumer Bankruptcy Forum
Thursday, April 22, 2010
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:  The Bankruptcy Law Section

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The program will cover a wide range of topics that will assist both debtor and creditor consumer bankruptcy attorneys with their practice.  The program will consist of three panels.  The first panel will focus on the interplay between tax and bankruptcy law.  Debtor attorneys will have the rare opportunity to receive practice tips from senior members of the Special Procedures Section of the IRS.  The second panel will be devoted entirely to issues facing consumer creditor attorneys.  This panel will discuss the state of the law on loan modifications during a pending bankruptcy case, hybrid plans and the effect recent changes to the Local Rules have had on creditor practice.  The third panel will focus on issues facing debtor attorneys, and will cover recent developments in consumer bankruptcy law relating to, among other things, the means test analysis and surrendering property in a Chapter 13 plan. 

Attend this program to:
 Gain a solid understanding of the interplay between bankruptcy and tax law
 Be up to date on recent developments in the practice
 Know the practical effect of the recent Local Rules changes on stay relief practice

Panel I:  The Interplay of Tax and Consumer Bankruptcy Law
Panelists will discuss the dos and don’ts for the practitioner and traps for the unwary as well as how the taxing authorities deal with dischargeability and other issues in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings.

Sid Gordon
Special Procedures Section, Internal Revenue Service

Jeff Reynolds
Special Procedures Section, Internal Revenue Service

Morris Robinson, Esq.
M. Robinson and Company

Panel II: Issues Facing Consumer Creditor Attorneys
Panelists will discuss loan modifications in the bankruptcy context, hybrid plans from a creditor’s perspective and the practical effect of the December 1, 2009 changes to the Local Rules on creditor’s practice, specifically on motion for relief practice.

John S. McNicholas, Esq.
Korde & Associates, P.C.

Jeana Reinbold, Esq.
Ablitt Law Office, P.C.

Rian Vernon, Esq.
Harmon Law Offices, P.C.

Panel III:  Issues Facing Debtor Attorneys
Panelists will discuss current case law updates including recent case(s) that may have been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court impacting consumer bankruptcy practice. Additional topics will include recent developments in the means test analysis as well as surrendering property in a Chapter 13 plan.

Richard Mestone, Esq.
Mestone Hogan LLC

Susan Grossberg, Esq.
Law Offices of Susan Grossberg

David Nielson, Esq.
Nielson Law Office

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Katherine Elmore


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