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Access to Justice, Revisited: Getting Chapter 7 Debtor Counsel Paid

Hosted by the Consumer Bankruptcy and Legislation Committees

A fresh start is now becoming less attainable for many debtors because the traditional "all-up-front" attorney fee approach discourages filing for chapter 7. Some attorneys are solving this problem by splitting pre-petition and post-petition services into separate agreements to allow post-petition payments for post-petition work. The panel discusses the practical need for this type of fee arrangement, the nuts and bolts of this payment arrangement, the pros and cons of such a system, where it is and where it is not allowed under existing law, a discussion of the current case law concerning such a system, and various policy considerations under review by ABI's Consumer Bankruptcy Commission.

Winter Leadership Conference
2018
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