Bankruptcy Attorney

Register for NACBA’s Webinar, “2017 Case Law Update& Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys” Today!


Don’t miss NACBA’s comprehensive webinar, “2017 Case Law Update& Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys,Thursday, June 22nd from 3pm-4pm ET with Henry Sommer and Angela Littiwn. This webinar will discuss recent trends in bankruptcy case law, with analysis of cases decided by the Courts of Appeals and other appellate courts. Take a look at the cases they will be discussing and make sure you Register Today!

  • Midland Funding, LLC v. Aleida Johnson, No. 16-348
  • Husky Int’l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz, 136 S. Ct. 1581 (2016)
  • Failla v. Citibank, N.A. (In re Failla), 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • Lynch v. Jackson, 2017 WL 59011 (4th Cir. Jan. 4, 2017)
  • In re Adinolfi, 543 B.R. 612 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016)
  • Fla. Dep’t of Revenue v. Gonzalez (In re Gonzalez), 832 F.3d 1251 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • In re Rivera, 832 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • County of Dakota v. Milan (In re Milan), 556 B.R. 922, 923 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. 2016)
  • Germeraad v. Powers, 826 F.3d 962 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • In Re Tracht Gut, LCC, 836 F.3d 1146 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Birmingham v. PNC Bank, N.A. (In re Birmingham), 846 F.3d 88 (4th Cir. 2017)
  • In re Crawford, 841 F3 1 (1st Cir. Oct. 25, 2016)
  • DeNoce v. Neff (In re Neff), No. 14-60017 (9th Cir. June 9, 2016)
  • Spokane Law Enforce Fed. Credit Union v. Barker (In re Barker), 839 F.3d 1189 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Anderson v. Hancock (In re: Hancock), 820 F.3d 670 (4th Cir. 2016)
  • Smith v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 845 F.3d 256 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Bazemore v. Jefferson Capital Sys., LLC, No.  15-12607 (11th Cir. July 5, 2016)

Cost of the Webinar

$25 for NACBA Member/$75 Non-Member

We Hope You Join Us!

NACBA25 Highlight!

Get Ready for the 25th Annual NACBA Convention!

Orlando, Florida May 4th-7th 2017!


There are some aspects of #NACBA25 that won’t change for example, our stellar sessions, outstanding keynote speakers, and an awesome location. However, we like to keep it fresh here at NACBA!

So What’s New?

CIRCUIT MEETINGS: New this year, NACBA will host individual circuit meetings for sharing of ideas and the latest “round-up” of what is taking place in the circuit where you practice. Circuit meetings will be led by Members of the Bench and or NACBA Members from the designated areas.

ADVANCED TOPICS: The convention planning committee has scheduled 6 advanced topics to challenge and inform even the most seasoned bankruptcy practitioner.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: Given the location and that many attendees may include family, the committee planned an abbreviated schedule on Saturday, May 6th so attendees could take in the Walt Disney World parks and surrounding Orlando area without missing valuable CLE seminars.

There’s no time like the present to Register for #NACBA25 and receive savings with the Early Bird Rate!

See you in Orlando!

2016 Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop Session Highlight


Friday, December 16th

1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

“Anchoring your Divorce and Bankruptcy Practice: There’s a Hole in My Boat! The Stay Doesn’t Stay Everything”
Presented by: Hon. Sandy Karlan (Ret.) & Ian Falcone Esq.

Don’t miss this informative and relevant session on divorce and bankruptcy. Make sure your client stays anchored! Check out the topics that will be discussed to ensure sure the boat doesn’t sink:

  • Keep it above board. Reviewing divorce forms to protect your client from committing bankruptcy fraud.
  • Over a Barrel: Dischargeability Issues
  • Any port in a storm: Who determines whether an award is a dischargeable?
  • Dead Reckoning: What determines whether an award is dischargeable?
  • Give me some slack: Learn the importance of language contained in the divorce decree
  • Batten down the hatches: Protecting attorney’s fees in discharge proceedings.

Didn’t catch Session 1? No problem, Register today for Session 2 to receive the recordings and material for both sessions!

About Our Presenters:

Ian Falcone

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Ian M. Falcone is a Senior Attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience with TheFalcone Law Firm, P.C. located in Marietta, Georgia. The practice focuses on complexbankruptcy matters involving intertwined corporate and personal debt situations, tax liabilitiesand divorce related obligations. Mr. Falcone also handles contested and uncontested divorces,child support modifications, contempt cases, as well as small business representation andlitigation.Mr. Falcone received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering at TuftsUniversity in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1992. He has served asPresident of the Bankruptcy Section of the Cobb County Bar, President of the Solo and SmallFirm Section of the Cobb County Bar, is a member of the Family Law Section of the Cobb County Bar, a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys(NACBA), and a member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Group. He maintains a bankruptcy blog: BK Beyond the Basics which can be found at


Sandy Karlan

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Sandy Karlan is certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a family court mediator and is board certified by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law.  She is the author of a chapter on Bankruptcy for the Matthew Bender six-volume series on Florida Family Law and is currently a commentator on bankruptcy law for The Florida Family Law Reporter published by Matthew Bender.  She has also written numerous articles and lectured on bankruptcy and family law, and is regularly invited to teach at Judicial College.

Sandy Karlan was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Circuit Court in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County where she served for almost 20 years until December 2014. During that time, she also served as the Administrative Judge of the Family Division. As Administrative Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Family Division, Sandy Karlan was responsible for projects including coordination between the Court and Department of Revenue regarding child support matters.  She also helped to develop KidSide, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing funding for Family Court Services.

For several years, Sandy Karlan was a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee, which developed the model family court and the Florida Supreme Court adopted the model in May 2001.  She was Chair of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, which studied the needs of children who appear in all divisions of Florida courts and produced a comprehensive report documenting the unmet legal needs of children, including recommendations to meet those needs in areas such as representation and confidentiality.  That report provided a blueprint for changes that have subsequently been implemented.

Her recent appointment, as a member of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet was made by Governor Rick Scott. The Cabinet’s statutory purpose is to ensure that services for children and youth are coordinated between state agencies and delivered to improve the quality of life for Florida’s children.

Sandy Karlan received her Juris Doctor degree in 1978 with honors from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.  In private practice for 17 years, she specialized in bankruptcy and family law.

Sandy Karlan received numerous awards throughout her career including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Community Service Award and Legal Services of Greater Miami has created the Judge Sandy Karlan Law Student Fellowship in her honor.  She is currently a board member and past President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC) and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Did You Know There is a 2nd Bonus When You Register for NACBA’s 2016 Virtual Workshop?

There’s not just one but two bonuses when you register for the 2016 Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop on December 9th and 16th!  All attendees will be registered for a chance at winning 1 of 10 NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 Eleventh Edition (value $140). NACBA will be giving away ten (10) copies, at random, of the NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 Eleventh Edition.


Inside of the Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 11th Edition you’ll have access to:

  • Everything you need to know about the all-new official forms effective December 2015—the forms filled in for sample chapter 7 and 13 cases, with extensive annotations and instructions.
  • The new April 1, 2016 dollar amounts updated in the chapters and the Code.
  • Analysis and pleadings concerning the new requirements for mortgage servicers submitting proof of claims.
  • Reprints of the Bankruptcy Code, additional bankruptcy statutes, the bankruptcy rules, fee schedules, bankruptcy regulations, director’s forms, and more.
  • Automatic stay, the bankruptcy discharge, and remedies for stay and discharge violations
  • Using bankruptcy to deal with a foreclosure
  • Exemptions, lien avoidance, and secured claims
  • Hidden fees and overcharges in creditor claims
  • Attorney fees
  • Litigating consumer cases in bankruptcy
  • Non-dischargeability actions
  • Creditor reaffirmation abuses
  • Consumers as creditors of bankrupt merchants, landlords, or lenders.

Register Today for Your Chance to Receive This Invaluable Resource!

Bankruptcy News Briefs 11/7

Fresh Headlines…


Federal Court Gives FTC OK to Shut Down Debt Collection Operation

CFPB Sets Field Hearing On Consumers’ Access to Financial Records

If a receiver discovers possible criminal wrongdoing, are they required to report it to authorities?

Student loan debt rises 56 percent since 2004

Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Fall Again-Non-commercial filings down 2% in October

Supreme Court to Rule on Stale Claims and FDCPA

TCPA Case Survives Spokeo Motion To Dismiss

Got A Priority Bankruptcy Claim? Nothing To Worry About Then, Right? Wrong.

Upcoming NACBA Events

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6 Key Numbers Every Bankruptcy Attorney Must Know

Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Pacific (60 minutes)
Presenter: Stephen Fairley, CEO of The Rainmaker Institute
Cost: No Cost to NACBA Members – Member Benefit

Register HERE

There are 6 critical numbers every bankruptcy lawyer running and growing a business needs to understand and review every month. Unfortunately, many attorneys don’t have the systems in place to obtain these numbers nor do they know which numbers are the most critical to their success. If you don’t know your numbers you cannot build a financially successful law firm! This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to accurately gauge the financial stability and health of your business.

In this information-packed webinar you will discover:

  • The 6 key metrics you need to track.
  • How to determine your cash flow so you can plan for future growth.
  • 5 areas you need to upgrade to take your law firm to the next level.

Save the Date for NACBA’s Silver Anniversary Annual Convention

Celebrate 25 Years of NACBA!

2017 NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention
Thursday, May 4’th – Sunday, May 7’th, 2017
Orlando, Florida


Become a member of NACBA! Join today and take advantage of the benefits, networking opportunities and resources NACBA has to offer!


NACBA Membership Benefit Highlight! Zola Creative Media

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As a member of NACBA, you’re committed to protecting the rights of consumer debtors in your area, but are you doing enough to educate your community and prospective clients about your services? Since 2006, Zola Creative has helped attorneys like you do just that. And as the Preferred Website Provider of NACBA Members, you too can have a powerful web presence at a fraction of the price.

All members of NACBA are eligible to receive either a semi-custom website package for only $1199 (usually $2450) or 20% off a fully custom website design package. In addition to a professional design that commands attention from visitors, your site will be powered by a comprehensive marketing system, giving you a robust suite of online marketing tools to educate and engage, including:

  • Attorney-written content designed exclusively for NACBA members 
  • Integrated Attorney Blog
  • Debt Calculator
  • E-Newsletter Management System
  • Click to Call Technology
  • Online Consultation Request

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