ABI Journal

Selected content from the ABI Journal

  • Health Care Bankruptcies from the Government's Perspective

    Health Care Bankruptcies from the Government's Perspective

    Health care bankruptcies impose life-and-death consequences on the public at large, prompting the U.S. Trustee and state and federal entities to take a more active posture in order to fill this void.

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  • Creative Discharge Solution to the Student Loan Crisis

    Creative Discharge Solution to the Student Loan Crisis

    Individuals with student loan debt face an uphill battle in bankruptcy, but a recent case shows that courts might be increasingly willing to relax the standard to discharge governmental student loans.

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  • Addressing Low-Income Access to Bankruptcy

    Addressing Low-Income Access to Bankruptcy

    Paying for an attorney is simply not possible for many who need the benefits of the Bankruptcy Code. Fortunately, there are a number of resources that the bankruptcy courts can look to for new ideas.

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  • Prepacks Now Account for Most Reorganizations

    Prepacks Now Account for Most Reorganizations

    There’s not much that’s new or novel about prepackaged, pre-negotiated and pre-arranged bankruptcy filings in recent years, except their growing numbers — and that is a story in itself.

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  • Excluding Veterans' Benefits from Current Monthly Income

    Excluding Veterans' Benefits from Current Monthly Income

    While the Code excludes Social Security benefits from the definition of “current monthly income," it provides no comparable exclusions for veterans' benefits — presenting a hardship for some veterans.

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  • Deceased Debtor's Estate Can Obtain Chapter 13 Discharge

    Deceased Debtor's Estate Can Obtain Chapter 13 Discharge

    What happens if a debtor dies during the life of his or her chapter 13 plan? This can be a perplexing dilemma for the attorney regarding his/her obligations to the client.

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  • The Ethics of Coming Clean on Your Legal Mistakes

    The Ethics of Coming Clean on Your Legal Mistakes

    ABA's Formal Opinion 481 says that a lawyer must inform the client of material errors in the client's representation. But is it really necessary to report every single “oops”?

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  • Problematic Consumer Debtor Attorneys' Fee Arrangements

    Problematic Consumer Debtor Attorneys' Fee Arrangements

    Attorneys, law firms and third parties have recently sought to reimagine the terms and methods of payment for consumer debtor attorneys' fees, but some could run afoul of bankruptcy law and ethics.

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  • USTP Working on Updating J. Alix Protocol

    USTP Working on Updating J. Alix Protocol

    The U.S. Trustee Program has been reaching out to stakeholders to discuss how to update the J. Alix Protocol for CROs without disturbing its essential features.

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  • The Changing Profile of Chapter 7 Debtors

    The Changing Profile of Chapter 7 Debtors

    It is not exactly news to the bankruptcy community that filings have fallen sharply in recent years. This article examines how the profiles of chapter 7 debtors have also changed during this period.

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  • When Can an Attorney Advise Incurring More Debt?

    When Can an Attorney Advise Incurring More Debt?

    A recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit illustrates that there is one type of advice to incur debt that is never permissible.

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  • The Coming U.S. Farm Crisis

    The Coming U.S. Farm Crisis

    The agricultural sector is again struggling, and circumstances have begun to resemble those faced by farmers in the early 1980s.

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  • Afghanistan Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law, 2018

    Afghanistan Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law, 2018

    While there had been provisions in Afghanistan law that dealt with insolvency, they were generally unknown even among lenders. Thus, Afghanistan needed a new bankruptcy law.

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  • The Trustee and the Bitcoin

    The Trustee and the Bitcoin

    Is cryptocurrency capable of being recovered by a bankruptcy trustee? This article explores what worldwide strategies trustees can employ to recover cryptocurrency as a bankruptcy estate asset.

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  • Navigating Health Care Insolvencies

    Navigating Health Care Insolvencies

    Health care insolvency cases are unique creatures, involving unique statutes and inherent unpredictability. The only certainty in a health care case is that there will be uncertainty.

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  • Privacy Protection and Data Security in Health Care-Related Bankruptcies

    Privacy Protection and Data Security in Health Care-Related Bankruptcies

    Among the most important considerations in any bankruptcy case, protecting privacy and safeguarding data becomes exponentially more complex in cases involving health care institutions.

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  • Order's Up! When Restaurant Restructurings Get Complicated

    Order's Up! When Restaurant Restructurings Get Complicated

    Although restaurant-related revenue has climbed, same-store sales have been in decline over the past several years due to the oversupply of restaurants in the U.S.

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  • Leveraged Credit Markets Hold Firm

    Leveraged Credit Markets Hold Firm

    A decade between default cycles is a long time, but despite repeated warnings from highly respected market-watchers, leveraged credit markets continue to roar.

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  • UpRight: A Cautionary Tale of a National Consumer Law Firm

    UpRight: A Cautionary Tale of a National Consumer Law Firm

    Consumers are turning increasingly to the internet to find legal representation, but problems arise when those employing the tools of modernity disregard the continuing duties of bankruptcy lawyers.

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  • 10 Common Causes of Distress

    10 Common Causes of Distress

    This article outlines 10 of the key internal reasons why a company’s financial condition can deteriorate, which often results in bankruptcy.

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