Consumer Attorneys of America Staying On Top of Changing Bankruptcy Laws

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Ongoing educational seminars, workshops and conferences empower the experienced bankruptcy lawyers at Consumer Attorneys of America with insight on changing legislation and case law to best represent their clients.

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When our attorneys attend seminars, we do it because of our drive and commitment to represent our clients to the best of our ability.

Filing for bankruptcy is a difficult and emotional decision. A bankruptcy attorney that is deeply knowledgeable about changing federal and state procedures will increase the likelihood of a successful discharge.

The bankruptcy firm Consumer Attorneys of America encourages its attorneys to stay atop of new Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 procedures and case law by attending bankruptcy conferences, seminars, educational workshops and courses. Having a presence at these national and local events throughout the year also allows the firm’s attorneys to build rapport with other attorneys and local bankruptcy trustees, as well as judges.

Attending seminars and workshops is part of the continuing education for the lawyers of Consumer Attorneys of America that is required to maintain their license and accreditation in each state where they provide legal services.

Attorneys from Consumer Attorneys of America, including Robert Kerr and Henry Portner, attended the most recent University of Miami School of Law's Bankruptcy Skills Workshop. In attendance and also participating in seminar discussions were local bankruptcy trustees and four judges from the South Florida district. The attorneys in attendance gained valuable insights and viewpoints from the bench. Judges talked about current issues before them as well as case law and procedural issues that come before the court. Some of the key things discussed included:

  •     Southern District instituted a loan mediation program to assist "Loss Litigation Mediation Program"
  •     Supreme Court of Florida’s mandatory program requiring banks to cooperate with bankruptcy procedures in good faith. The bankruptcy court instituted the program to keep lenders accountable. This is especially important for Florida attorneys to learn about because the Southern and Central Florida Districts are testing this pilot program.

In the past, Attorney Henry Portner has attended several of these seminars throughout the country. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)'s Convention is the educational seminar of choice for consumer bankruptcy attorneys nationwide. Judges and nationally recognized speakers provide case law updates, practical tips on effective representation of clients, information on emerging trends nationwide, and in-depth discussions of topical issues and ethics. Consumer Attorneys of America lawyers attend and review materials distributed at these conferences each year to improve their knowledge and skills. Mr. Portner views attending conventions like this one as very important as the role of an attorney "to make certain that we keep on top of federal and state bankruptcy laws. Continuing education has always been a priority of mine to increase my knowledge base."

Other seminars attended by attorneys from Consumer Attorneys of America include:

  •     The Bankruptcy Bar Association Southern District of Florida
  •     Orlando/Middle District Bar Association
  •     American Bankruptcy Institute (geared towards businesses; complex cases)
  •     National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)

“When our attorneys attend seminars, we do it because of our drive and commitment to represent our clients to the best of our ability,” said Robert Kerr, attorney at Consumer Attorneys of America. “It gives us unprecedented access to gain direct insights into judges’ interpretation and reasoning for rulings, and an increased understanding of procedural changes both at the federal and state levels.”

About Consumer Attorneys of America

Consumer Attorneys of America is a national law firm that is committed to helping people in financial trouble find a way out. We provide professional legal services in the areas of bankruptcy law, foreclosure defense, debt consolidation and credit counseling to those individuals unable to meet their financial obligations due to the loss of a job, severe illness or disability, fraud, divorce, death of a family member or extreme debt.

Our dedicated attorneys combine vast federal and state legal experience with aggressive negotiation skills to help you restructure or eliminate debt. We offer a free preliminary consultation to discuss your individual case and provide the guidance you need to properly evaluate your legal and financial options. Call Consumer Attorneys of America at 1-855-415-5208 or contact us online to schedule your no-fee, no-obligation appointment.

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