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Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers

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Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers Details

Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

This course will discuss the Bankruptcy Trustee's avoidance powers. Avoidance powers are the rights given to the bankruptcy trustee or the debtor in possession to recover certain transfers of property such as preferences or fraudulent transfers or to void liens created before the commencement of a bankruptcy case. The laws governing these avoidance powers are complex and are codified in chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code


Attorney Doug Cortés will first provide an overview of the Bankruptcy code. He will then discuss how Trustee's avoidance powers come into play. The course will explain what constitutes valid preferential transfers and what are considered fraudulent transfers. Mr. Cortés will explain in detail the key statutory defense against these avoidance powers. These defenses include a contemporaneous exchange for new value, determining intent, determining if the payments were made according to the ordinary business affairs of the parties, and establishing new value factors.

Course Agenda

Presenter Overview

What Do Creditors Want From A Debtor In Default?

Purposes Of Bankruptcy Rush To The Courthouse

The Bankruptcy Code - 11 U.S.C.

Bankruptcy Rules

Adversary Proceedings

Rules Governing Avoidance Actions

Avoidance Powers

Types Of Transactions That May Be Avoided

Preferential Transfers

Purposes Of Preference

Avoidance Powers Under §547

Elements Of Preference Avoidance

Burdens Of Proof

What Is A Transfer?

Time Of Transfer Antecedent Debt

Presumption Of Insolvency

Key Statutory Defenses
  • Contemporaneous Exchange For New Value
  • Proving The Defense
  • Determining Intent
  • New Value
  • Definition Of New Value
  • Ordinary Course Of Business
Important Fraudulent Transfer Terms And Concepts

Badges Of Fraud List Of Badges Of Fraud
  • Insolvency Not Required For Actual Intent
  • Constructive Fraud
  • State Law And Ufta Under Section 544
  • Other Possible Longer Reach Back Period
  • Some Statutory Defenses To Fraudulent Transfers

    • Section 548(C): Value And Good Faith Value Good Faith
    • Section 550(B)
    • Section 550(B) Provides Complete Defense
    • Defenses To Claims Brought Pursuant To Section 544
    • Another Possibility: Fiduciary Duty Claims
The Reference
  • Withdrawal Of The Reference
  • Stern V. Marshal
  • Important Statutes & Opinions Related To ?The Reference?

Course Credit per State

AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
WV - General: 1.22 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Doug Cortés

Mr. Doug Cortés received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University (2003) and B.S. from the University of the State of New York (1994). He was an extern and law clerk to the Hon. D. Michael Lynn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, N.D.Tex. (2002-04). Doug is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and the U.S. Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He currently manages his own firm and has served as bankruptcy counsel to Trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors? committee. He has also served as a bankruptcy examiner and mediator.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting

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Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting Details

Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

Contracts are essential elements for building business relationships. For business to get done, parties to a transaction need to agree on certain essential terms that govern their business relationship. Contracts are the way parties to an agreement define those terms and make promises enforceable under the law. When the stakes are high there can be a tendency to get too technical and too verbose. This can often introduce more mistakes rather than prevent them. Ambiguity in contracts will often lead to conflict and ultimately litigation.

This course discusses how to avoid ambiguity by following best practices for clear contract drafting. Ms. Carolyn Seymour discusses how to achieve brevity and clarity in order to make the contract as end-user friendly as possible and remove uncertainty in the document. Ms. Seymour will address best practices to avoid legalese, how to recognize and correct linguistic ambiguity and provide proper techniques to draft dates and numbers in contracts. The course will also examine the pitfalls of passive voice in contract drafting and how to achieve simplicity in drafting through good organization, eliminating wordiness, and the use of lists.

Course Agenda

Primary Goals of Drafting Contracts

  • Brevity
  • Clarity
  • Making the document user-friendly
  • Brevity in Drafting

  • Eliminating wordiness
  • Compound prepositions
  • Word wasting idioms
  • Order in organization
  • Use of Lists
  • Clarity in Drafting

  • Recognizing & correcting linguistic ambiguity
  • Avoiding Legalese
  • Dangling modifiers
  • Change of language
  • Combined persons & actions
  • Best practices
  • Best Practices: Use of Drafting Tools

  • Covenants
  • Language selection
  • Inanimate covenants
  • Non-party covenants
  • Rights Representations
  • Word selection
  • Declarations
  • Declarations vs. Representations
  • Drafting Dates and Numbers
  • Word selection
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    CA - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
    MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    ND - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.2 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Carolyn Seymour

    Carolyn Seymour practiced law for almost 20 years before coming to the law school to teach legal writing in 2004. Professor Seymour began her legal career at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where she was an associate for five years before joining Duvin, Cahn & Hutton in 1990. As an employment litigator, she specialized in sexual harassment and disability discrimination issues. In 1995, she became in-house counsel for BFGoodrich-Aerospace, another position she held for five years before returning to Duvin as a partner in 2000. She received her B.A. (1982) from Colgate and her J.D. (1985) from University of Michigan.

      Course Price:
    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence

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    Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    The California State Bar has recently added important new components to the required course previously known as "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress." The new definition of this course, "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Member's Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence," reflects the need to consider the bigger picture of the pressures which lawyers face on a daily basis in their practices, as well as the physical and mental issues which may impair competence, such as depression, age and natural cognitive decline.

    In this HD Video program attorney Steven A. Nielsen focuses on the mental changes that occur over a career. The normal aging process results in cognitive decline, and Mr. Nielsen suggests that a colleague or two keep tabs on each other, including those at large law firms. He discusses the presence of dementia and what to do should it arise, and provides links to resources on how to sell or close a practice should this occur. Other simple tips include the use of a lawyer's skills as a problem solver to help neural plasticity and memory, such as playing bridge, crossword puzzles and hobbies, physical activity in the office as well as outside and an improved diet. He also takes aim at the rise of constant electronic messages or other electronic interruptions and the damage this can have, and suggests how "Interruption Management" can help effectiveness and productivity. Mr. Nielsen's remedies and tips offered are not extreme, but are important as they can be easily implemented. This program will help attorneys improve the efficiency and enjoyment of their practices and increase awareness of cognitive issues and possible diminution of competence.

    Course Agenda

    What are we going to learn?

    • Genesis of MCLE Requirement
    • Substance Abuse? Been there, done that..
    • Depression ? A Kingpin of Disaster
    • The New ?Other? Categories of Impairment
    • Mental Issues
    • Physical Issues
    • What can we do? Prevention/Detection/Treatment

    Why Are We Here Today?

    • To Keep our License to Practice Law
    • To Consider Ways to Live Life to the Fullest and to Consider Ourselves as a Whole
    • Avoid ?Junk Science? and figure out the state of the art
    • Consider the bigger picture as now encouraged in Rules of the State Bar of California Title 2. Division 2.

    Division 2. Rights and Responsibilities of Members

    Substance Abuse

    • What can we add?
    • How does it start?
    • Detection
    • Treatment?

    Mental Impairment ? Mental illness

    Depression ? Kingpin of Impairment?

    Depression ? Effect on the New Other Issues


    Mental Issues

    Age ? The Great Thief

    Dementia Happens

    When Dementia Happens

    Avoid ?natural? cognitive decline

    Avoid Negative Mental Conditioning

    Twitch and Click will change your brain

    Constant interruptions are a mental impairment

    Stop Interruptions to decrease mistakes

    Old World / Kaiser Focus

    Are you as focused as a Kaiser worker?

    Our mind does not want to go back to work after an interruption

    What was focus in the Old World

    Consider Interruption Management


    Physical issues that impair

    Sitting is the new smoking

    Improved eating and activity does not need to be extreme

    Course Credit per State

    AK - : 1.0 Credits
    AZ - : 1.0 Credits
    CA - Competence Issues: 1.0 Credits
    CO - : 1.2 Credits
    FL - Mental Illness: 1.0 Credits
    IL - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.22 Credits
    MT - : 1.0 Credits
    ND - : 1.0 Credits
    NY - General: 1.0 Credits
    PA - : 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WA - : 1.0 Credits
    WV - Ethics: 1.22 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Steven A Nielsen
    Based in Larkspur, California, Steven A. Nielsen is a U.S. registered patent attorney with many years of experience in patent procurement and in achieving favorable results in federal court in the field of intellectual properly litigation. Mr. Nielsen is the past chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Marin County Bar Association. Mr. Nielsen received his J.D. in 1987 from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and also holds a B.A. in Computer Science. He may be contacted at steve@nielsenpatents.com, on his website, nielsenpatents.com or via his LinkedIn page.
      Course Price:
    Free. (Normally $19.99)

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