Taxes and Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 6/28

Check out this Thursday’s News Briefs:

You think you know bankruptcy, but you may be surprised

New lawsuit aims to refund consumers targeted in debt collection scheme

Student loan debt harms retirement, says AARP

Mulvaney-led U.S. CFPB slashes payday lender penalty: sources

They Think Their Student Loans Will Vanish. There’s a Problem

Some Judges Push to Ease Bankruptcy Rules for Student Loan Debt

Why Are Millennials Still Living With Their Parents?


Stump the Chumps
Date: June 29, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Pacific (60 Minutes)
Cost: FREE Members / $25 Non-NACBA
Presenters: James Haller, Esq., Daniel Press, Esq., & Summer Shaw, Esq.

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Join our popular quarterly program where you get to ask your bankruptcy law questions to our panel of experts. We will start with questions unanswered from our last session (see below) and take your questions. See if you can stump our chumps..


Review of Ethical issues when Using, or Acting as, Coverage Counsel
in Bankruptcy Court and 341 Meetings.
Date: July 26, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM Pacific (60 Minutes)
Cost: $25 Members / $75 Non-NACBA
Presenters: Derek Lofland, Esq.

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Have you ever used coverage (or appearance) counsel to represent your clients? Have you ever stepped in to help a colleague who can’t attend Court? Mr. Lofland routinely appears as coverage counsel in hundreds of cases and has spoken about this issue in April 2017 for the Chicago Bar Association. He will outline and discuss the legal and ethical requirements for appearance counsel.

Introduction to Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice for Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Date: August 23, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM Pacific (60 Minutes)
Cost: $25 Members / $75 Non-NACBA
Presenters: Dan Press, Esq.

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Have you been referring your Chapter 11 cases to outside counsel? Are you curious about the similarities and whether you can file these cases? Dan Press, a leading author and practitioner in individual chapter 11 cases, will present an introduction to chapter 11 practice involving consumer debtors. He will discuss when this chapter is useful, the similarities and differences to chapter 13 practice, and how to conduct a chapter 11 practice.

How to Value Assets in Bankruptcy
Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM Pacific (60 Minutes)
Cost: $25 Members / $75 Non-NACBA
Presenters: Gene Melchionne, Esq. & Jim Haller, Esq.

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What are the fastest least expensive methods to get accurate values for your client’s assets? Gene and Jim will discuss time tested methods to determine values on real estate, vehicles, and other property. Join us to learn how to save time and money while increasing the accuracy of your information.


Don’t miss this issue which includes:

-“IRS Shake Up Happening in Bankruptcy Court”

-“Be Wary of Private Debt Collectors”

-“Brunner Test Does Not Require that Debtor Take Advantage of IBR”

-“NACBA Board of Directors 2018 Election Results”


Bankruptcy News Briefs 4/6

CFPB Director Cordray’s Testimony Gets Off to a Heated Start

Court Rules FDCPA Statute of Limitations Begins When Violation is Discovered

Public Defender who was Employed and Eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Failed the Brunner Test to Discharge Student Loans

The New Shape of US Household Debt

New concerns about growing consumer debt

Advocates worry new IRS debt collection service leads to fraud, confusion

Consumer accuses debt collector of false, deceptive communication

$1.90 Can’t Buy You an FDCPA Violation

Republicans accuse CFPB of dawdling on Wells Fargo probe

Judge Rules with Plaintiff in Credit Suisse Suit

Res Judicata Does Not Bar Post-Confirmation Objection to POC

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A Glimpse Into the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal

When a client files for bankruptcy there are a number of emotions associated with this sometimes turbulent times. In Eric Olsen’s article, “Counseling Bankruptcy Clients About Guilt and Debt,” gives a unique perspective on this important topic as a bankruptcy attorney.

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#NACBA Highlight


Get Back to Basics!

Attend the “Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy” Session!

Join Alex Dolhancyk, William Brewer, and Ray Schimmel as they cover the basics for determining the dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy along with a short demonstration on how to read a tax transcript.  This session will include:
  • An overview on classifying tax liabilities
  • A review of tax filing requirements
  • The impact of tolling events

You can catch, “Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy,” on Friday, May 5th from 2:30 PM- 3:45 PM.

Meet Your Presenters

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Alex Dolhancyk

With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law.

Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v. Tennyson, 611 F.3d 873, (11th Cir. 2010), where he argued on behalf of the debtor. He is also a member/advisor on the Bench and Bar Committee for the Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia.

He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee which he attended on a full basketball scholarship through an administrative error. He received his J.D. from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 6th and 11th Circuits, and in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York.


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William E. Brewer, Jr.

William E. Brewer, Jr. practices law with The Brewer Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an A.B. in Economics in 1973 and a J.D. with Honors in 1976. He is certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar . Billy began his term as NACBA’s president in 2011 and has served as a director since 1997. He has served as a popular panelist at NACBA’s previous conventions and is noted for his sense of humor. Mr. Brewer was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy in 2009.

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Raymond Schimmel

Raymond Schimmel has been licensed as an attorney in California since 1997.He has also held a CPA license in Colorado since 1992.He has filed over 1,000 consumer bankruptcy cases under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 in the San Diego bankruptcy court and has been devoted to the bankruptcy practice area for the last fourteen years.He currently serves as the Southern California State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.He has been a contributor to Business Week Magazine and has been quoted in articles about toxic mortgages, credit card debt, and bankruptcy.Raymond Schimmel holds a law degree from the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law where he graduated in 1996.   At  USD School of Law he served as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues.He also holds a post-doctoral masters degree in taxation from USD School of law (LL.M.) 1998 and a masters in financial accounting from San Diego State University (SDSU) 1992.He graduated from college at SDSU and holds a bachelors degree in finance (1988).

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