Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2021 (Webcast)

  • Chapter 7


The Practising Law Institute is offering a webcast from San Francisco entitled Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2021 on April 7, 2020 from 12:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Registration: $199

Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships.

All eligible attendees are urged to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application.

Why You Should Attend

Although pre-COVID-19 the economy was improving and foreclosures in many parts of the country were in decline due to rising home values, financially marginalized people still file bankruptcy in disproportionate numbers and the impacts of COVID-19 and the economic fallout and rise in unemployment may lead to an increase in new bankruptcy filings, particularly for low-income borrowers.

Many debtors are unrepresented and bankruptcy clinics are still in great demand.  There is a critical need for pro bono attorneys to assist low-income clients at all levels.  The practice of bankruptcy law is ever changing (all of the forms changed effective January 1, 2021) and can be quite complicated with even the simplest form of bankruptcy, Chapter 7. 

This basic program was developed for brand new practitioners and those who are either not familiar with the practice or have not practiced bankruptcy law since the passage of BAPCPA.  The program hopes to develop practitioners who will volunteer their time and skills to those who cannot afford representation.  The program will focus on Chapter 7 bankruptcy, from the day a new client walks into your office, to the day you receive notice that they have successfully received a discharge and their case is closed.

What You Will Learn
  • An overview of Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Duties and due diligence of the attorney
  • How the discharge works and the effectiveness of the automatic stay
  • How to protect the debtor’s property through exemptions
  • An overview of the means test for the low-income client
  • Issues in bankruptcy to be aware of and understand

This program was designed for practitioners, paralegals and legal assistants who are new to the practice of bankruptcy.  It is a basic “How to File a Chapter 7” program.

Who Should Attend

If you would like to volunteer in pro bono clinics, develop bankruptcy as one of your practice areas, or are a new attorney who wants to develop a bankruptcy practice, this program will give you the tools you need to get started in the practice of Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

  • CLE Credit Comments:

    Six (6.0) Substantive PA CLE Credits.

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board. Effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 the CLE Board has adopted a temporary policy to recognize live online programming by accredited distance learning providers as live (non-capped) credit towards lawyers' CLE requirement.

    More information on distance learning CLE credit.
  • Contact:
    Practising Law Institute