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Bankruptcy Fundamentals and Tips for Avoiding Common Pitfalls

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COVID-19 has upended our economy and, with a future uncertain for many, is expected to result in an increase in both consumer and commercial bankruptcies.

For those new to this area of practice and for those who are experienced and striving to remain competitive, PBI delivers a fundamental study of bankruptcy practice that will help you hone your skills and build your practice. 

Learn from experienced bankruptcy attorneys, judges, and an Assistant U.S. Trustee, as they provide you with the building blocks for handling both business and consumer bankruptcy cases.

Bankruptcy Overview 

  • The most common forms of bankruptcy 
  • Notice
  • Automatic stay defined
  • Discharge of debts
  • Property of the estate & exemptions
  • Claims

Filing under Chapter 7

  • Pre-bankruptcy planning and avoidance for exemptions
  • Prepetition planning and intake questions
  • Forms for filing petitions and schedules
  • Means test
  • Avoidance actions 
  • Dischargeability issues and objections to discharge
  • Top mistakes attorneys make & avoiding common pitfalls

Filing under Chapter 13

  • Identifying the Chapter 13 debtor
  • Benefits and strengths of the Chapter 13 case, including goals and exit strategy
  • Pre-filing considerations
  • Meeting with the debtor: due diligence, document gathering, verification
  • Plan treatments, common objections and confirmation
  • Top mistakes attorneys make & avoiding common pitfalls

Filing under Chapter 11

  • Pre-filing considerations
  • Meeting with the debtor
  • Checklist for filing first day motions
  • Rejection or assumption of executory leases and contracts – benefits of rejection
  • Exclusivity period to file disclosure statement and plan
  • Chapter 11 plan voting process
  • Top mistakes attorneys make & avoiding common pitfalls

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download.

Recorded in March 2021.

Practice Areas


Hon. Ashely M. Chan US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of PA
Keila Estevez Esq. Bernstein-Burkley PC
Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (Ret.) Tucker Arensberg, P.C. (Pgh)
Kara K. Gendron Esq. Mott & Gendron Law
Michelle V. Lee Esq. Dilworth Paxson LLP (Phila)
Honorable Robert N. Opel II US Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of PA
Gary F. Seitz Esq. Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown LLC (Phila)
D. Troy Sellars Esq. United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee
Abagale E. Steidl Esq. Steidl & Steinberg PC
Hon. Gregory L. Taddonio United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Honorable Henry W. Van Eck United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
James C. Vandermark Esq. White and Williams LLP (Phila)
Faculty may vary by location.
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