By Michael B. Joseph, Esq.
An attorney meets with a potential client about a recent auto accident personal injury claim. The client suffered severe injuries and may be entitled to a large award. The client fails to mention that he is a debtor in an active bankruptcy. The client also has failed to advise . . . → Read More: Personal Injury Attorney’s Duty of Reasonable Inquiry of a Client’s Bankruptcy
By: The NACTT Emeritus Trustee Committeei*
In these times of fewer case filings, it may be helpful to look at ways that debtor attorneys may build and strengthen their chapter 13 bankruptcy practice. The following are some recommendations and ideas from the Emeritus Trustee Committee:
Develop good relationships and communication with the court, the . . . → Read More: How to Build and Strengthen Your Chapter 13 Debtor Practice
Because a natural disaster can strike any time, the IRS reminds individuals and businesses to take time now and create or update their emergency preparedness plan. Individuals, families and businesses begin getting ready for a disaster with a preparedness plan that includes key documents, lists of belongings and property.
Copies of key documents Original . . . → Read More: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Prepare For Natural Disasters
IRS provided information to taxpayers and employers about changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that affect:
Move related vehicle expenses Un-reimbursed employee expenses Vehicle expensing
Changes to the deduction for move-related vehicle expenses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends the deduction for moving expenses for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, . . . → Read More: Law Change Affects Moving, Mileage and Travel Expenses; Offers Higher Depreciation Limits for Some Vehicles
IRS reminds businesses that passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect their depreciation deductions and taxes. Business taxpayers can generally depreciate tangible property except land, including buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture and equipment.
Changes to depreciation and how they will affect businesses may include:
Businesses can immediately expense more under the new . . . → Read More: Tax Reform: Changes to Depreciation Affect Businesses Now
By Helen M. Morris, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
Treat the trustee’s staff with respect. They know what they are doing. If they tell you that they can’t give you certain information over the phone, they are following office policy and procedures. You may be able to . . . → Read More: Thirteen Rules to Win the Heart and Mind of a Chapter 13 Trustee
By Douglas Jacobs
From the Bankruptcy Law Network, Attorney Jacobs gives debtor attorneys an excellent hand-out for clients with a mortgage. (Not password protected.)
By The Honorable Michael G. Williamson, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
Although written for practitioners in his court, Judge Williamson proposes excellent practice pointers for attorneys nationwide. Click her for complete article.
Judge Michael G. Williamson was appointed to the bench on March 1, 2000. He sits as a bankruptcy judge . . . → Read More: Practice Pointers for Lawyers
By Richard L. Wasserman, Chair of the ESI Working Group, Venable LLP (Baltimore, MD)
Electronic discovery is a current hot topic in the litigation world, but surprisingly little has been written about it from a bankruptcy perspective in both the caselaw and commentary. An ABA Working Group, comprised of attorneys, judges and academics from . . . → Read More: Best Practices Report on Electronic Discovery (ESI) Issues in Bankruptcy Cases Is Now Available
By Cathy Moran, Certified Consumer Specialist, Mountain View, CA
Why should I help my competitors?
That was the query of a highly experienced bankruptcy lawyer I met at a seminar recently. I heard the same push back on one of Jay Fleischman’s listserves from a participant who didn’t want to share with others in . . . → Read More: Help My Competition – NO WAY