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Bankruptcy Deskbook (Fifth Edition)

 
Author(s): Margaret M. Crouch, William C Hillman
Practice Area: Banking, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate & Securities
Published: May 2014
Supplement Date: Sep 2017 i Previous editions(s) can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402421716
PLI Item #: 47859

Bankruptcy Deskbook, Fifth Edition, provides you with practical guidance to help clients achieve fair remedies and to ensure you avoid legal problems along the way.

Among the topics covered in Bankruptcy Deskbook are:

  • Major demands on Chapter 7 debtors — including means testing, discharge restrictions, and debtor education and credit counseling rules
  • Tough rules for Chapter 11 small business debtors — in such areas as filing, disclosure, and reorganization plans
  • Extensive requirements for Chapter 13 individual debtors — including discharge limits, greater payment pressures after filing, and more mandated content in reorganization plans
  • Compliance burdens on attorneys — including strict certification requirements and fee-arrangement disclosure rules that, if unmet, can lead to harsh sanctions
Authored by William C. Hillman and Margaret M. Crouch, a judge and law clerk, respectively, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Bankruptcy Deskbook keeps you up-to-date on legal developments, analyzing recent Supreme Court, court of appeals and bankruptcy court decisions. It also guides you step-by-step through the bankruptcy laws, clarifying the purpose, features, mechanics, advantages, and drawbacks of Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 in the era of BAPCPA. Volume 2 also includes a massive collection of forms, charts, and checklists, including more than thirty ready-to-use official forms prescribed by the U.S. Judicial Conference, and more than one hundred adaptable pleading forms, most of them taken directly from actual cases.

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William C. Hillman is a Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and also serves on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit. He was originally appointed to the bankruptcy bench in 1991 and reappointed in 2005. Prior to his appointment he practiced for more than thirty-three years in the areas of commercial and insolvency law. He is a graduate of Boston University where he received his J.D. (cum laude) and LL.M. degrees and was Note Editor of the Law Review. He is the author of five books on bankruptcy and commercial law subjects, including Documenting Secured Transactions (2d ed.). He is also the author of more than thirty articles on legal subjects and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and business law issues, and a member of the American College of Bankruptcy as well as a Life Member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He also teaches at Northeastern University Law School.


Margaret M. Crouch is a 1984 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review. Following a career in historic preservation and practice in the litigation department of a Pittsburgh law firm, she embarked on a clerkship in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. She has been a career law clerk there since 1985 and has clerked for four bankruptcy judges.