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ABI's Updated Edition of Thorny Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Provides Insights on Complex Issues Arising in Consumer Cases

Alexandria, Va. — ABI’s updated Thorny Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, Second Edition focuses on many issues that offer complex challenges to consumer bankruptcy practitioners. Written by leading members of ABI’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, Thorny Issues takes a look at matters such as exemptions and discharges, the automatic stay, death and inheritance, how to choose the “right” chapter for a particular debtor and much more. It also includes an analysis and discussion of the ABI Consumer Commission Report (released in 2019).

Authors who helped supply the updates to this essential ABI consumer bankruptcy title were Michelle Bass of Wolfson Bolton PLLC (Troy, Mich.), John Bollinger of the Boleman Law Firm, PC (Hampton, Va.), Richard J. Cole, III of Cole & Cole Law, P.A. (Sarasota, Fla.), David Cox of Cox Law Group (Lynchburg, Va.), Heather Giannino of Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC (Decatur, Ill.), Chris Hawkins of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (Birmingham, Ala.), Keith J. Larson of Seiller Waterman, LLC (Louisville, Ky.) and Jon Jay Lieberman of Sottile & Barile LLC (Loveland, Ohio). Thorny Issues is available for purchase in the ABI Store via the following link:

Press interested in obtaining a copy of Thorny Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, Second Edition or speaking with the co-authors can contact ABI Public Affairs Officer John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or [email protected]


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