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Practical Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals, 3rd Edition

  • Pamela Webster Law Firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger
  • Ric Boyer
  • David Lauren
  • ISBN-10: 0766828565  |  ISBN-13: 9780766828568
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996, 1991
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $252.00
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Practical Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals is an excellent tool for learning the fundamentals of bankruptcy for paralegals. More than simply a textbook, each topic is fully developed to the extent necessary for effective use by a beginning legal assistant, yet discussions are of sufficient sophistication to keep the attention of the experienced professional. The text follows a five-level approach to teaching bankruptcy law. It moves from an overview of the substantive law of bankruptcy to insights into the law and written and unwritten rules of procedure that guide and often control how the law is implemented. The material skillfully guides the student through the procedural labyrinth of bankruptcy practice with timelines, checklists and analysis aids then presents exercises for hands-on experience in performing bankruptcy tasks that are common in actual practice. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions and answers and drafting projects intended for the student to research and answer. The text also includes the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, as well as references to relevant software and Web sites, making it a continuing resource for the assistant once in a professional setting.

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Features and Benefits

  • The expansive nature of the material gives paralegals everything they will need to know on bankruptcy, keeping them from unnecessary searches through other sources
  • Practical exercises recognize that the student is taking the course and studying the text to apply the knowledge in the real world and practice of bankruptcy
  • Application topics can be used by the beginning paralegal in practice as a reference guide
  • Questions and answers sections and drafting projects range from simple to fairly difficult, meeting the needs of students with varying degrees of knowledge coming into the course

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.
Chapter 2: The Bankruptcy Code and the Banruptcy Rules.
Chapter 3: Role of the Paralegal in Bankruptcy Practice.
Chapter 4: Building Blocks of Bankruptcy.
Chapter 5: Bankruptcy Legal Research and Writing.
Chapter 6: Bankruptcy Litigation and Appeals.
Chapter 7: Beginning a Bankruptcy Case.
Chapter 8: The Debtor’s Perspective.
Chapter 9: The Trustee''s Perspective.
Chapter 10: Family Farmer and Individual Reorganizations.
Chapter 11: Complex Reorganizations.
Chapter 12: The Creditor's Perspective.
Chapter 13: Taxes in Bankruptcy.
Chapter 14: Electronic Filing.

What's New

  • Expanded ethics coverage with "Ethical Considerations" at the end of each chapter
  • Improved drafting projects give the student the opportunity to complete forms that are based on real-life fact patterns
  • references reduced to bankruptcy code to a minimum
  • Includes references to bankruptcy software and Web sites
  • Includes more case law to illustrate concepts
  • Includes more problems and hands-on exercises
  • format of "Improve Your Understanding" feature changed to more of a fact-pattern scenario
  • A new chapter on electronic filing


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Pamela Webster

J.D., University of California, Davis