Table of contents for Getting paid : how to collect from bankrupt debtors / by Stephen R. Elias.


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1 How to Use This Book
      A. Who Should Use This Book ......................................... ............ 1/2
      B. Choosing Which Chapters to Read ............................................... 1/3

2 How Bankruptcy Works
      A. Introduction to Bankruptcy Procedures and Players ............................. 2/2
      B. What All Bankruptcies Have in Common  ......................................... 2/5
      C. What Distinguishes Each Type of Bankruptcy .................................... 2/11

3 Finding Out the Debtor Has Gone Bankrupt
      A. Notice from the Bankruptcy Court .............................................. 3/2
      B. Informal Notice ............................................................... 3/11

4 The Automatic Stay
      A. What the Automatic Stay Stops You From Doing    ................................4/2
      B. Exceptions to  the  Automatic  Stay ............................................4/7
      C. Results of Violating  the Automatic Stay  ..................................... 4/9
      D. Asking the Court to  Lift the Automatic Stay  ..................................4/15
      E. When the Automatic Stay Will End ...............................................4/28

5 Examining the Bankruptcy Papers
      A. Obtaining the Bankruptcy Schedules and Statements ............................. 5/2
      B. What the Debtor's Paperwork Should Include    ..................................5/3
      C. Playing Detective With the Debtor's Paperwork ..................................5/19
      D. Using the Information You Find  ............................................... 5/46





6 The Meeting of Creditors and Other Communication
   With the Debtor
     A. Permissible Contact Outside the First Creditors' Meeting ....................... 6/2
     B. The Meeting of Creditors         ............................................... 6/5
     C. Requesting a Meeting to Finish Your Questions (Rule 2004) ...................... 6/10

7 Filing and Defending Your Proof of Claim
     A. Who Can File a Proof of Claim? ..................................................7/3
     B. The Benefits of Filing a Proof of Claim ....... ................................ 7/3
     C. Deadline for Filing a Proof of Claim ........................................... 7/6
     D. If You Miss the Filing Deadline    ............................................. 7/6
     E. How to File a Proof of Claim ................................................... 7/8
     F. Where to File  the  Proof of Claim  ..........................................   7/14
     G. How to Defend Your Claim           ............................................. 7/15
     H. How to Object to Another Creditor's Claim ...................................... 7/18
     I. How to Sell Your Claim       ................................................... 7/20

8 Getting Payment for Secured Claims
     A. Determining Whether You Have a Valid Lien     .................................. 8/4
     B. Making Sure You've Advised the World About Your Lien ("Perfected" Itl .......... 8/8
     C. What Your Collateral Is Worth    .......  ...      ............................. 8/10
     D. How Secured Creditors' Rights Are Affected by the Debtor's Choice of Chapter ... 8/12
     E. Finding Ways Around the Automatic Stay      .................................... 8/15
     F. How the Debtor May Redeem the Collateral     ................................... 8/18
     G. How the Debtor May Reaffirm the Debt  .......................................... 8/19
     H. How Liens Can Be Eliminated During Bankruptcy   ................................ 8/24
     I. Defending Motions to Avoid Your Lien     ....................................... 8/36
     J. Combating Serial Bankruptcy Filings     ........................................ 8/38
     K. Pursuing Your Rights After the Bankruptcy  ..................................... 8/39

9 Claims That Can't Be Wiped Out Through Bankruptcy
     A. Claims that Survive Bankruptcy If You Prove Certain Facts ...................... 9/3
     B.  Claims That Survive Bankruptcy Automatically  ................................. 9/18
     C. Different Nondischargeability Rules When Debtors File Under Chapter 13 ......... 9/22






10 Filing Motions and Complaints in Bankruptcy Court
     A. What Could Go Wrong in Handling a Dispute on Your Own .........................  10/3
     B. Strict Rules Governing Formatting and Paperwork ................................ 10/5
     C. Adversary Proceedings        ..................................................  10/5
     D. Contested Proceedings .......................................................    10/11

11 Responding to Motions and Complaints
     A. How to Respond to a Motion ......... ...................................... .... 11/2
     B. Typical Motions and Responses       ...........................................  11/3
     C. How to Respond to a Complaint        ........................................... 11/15
     D. Typical Complaints and  Answers ................................................ 11/16

12 How To Torpedo an Undeserving Bankruptcy
     A. Dismissal Based  on  Debtor's  Ineligibility  .................................. 12/4
     B. Dismissal Based on Debtor's Behavior ("For Cause") ............................. 12/6
     C. Denial of Discharge ........................................ ................... 12/12
     D. Revocation of an  Earlier-Granted  Discharge  .................................. 12/18

13 The Creditor's Role in a Reorganization Case
     A. Overview of Reorganization Case Rules ... ...................................... 13/3
     B. Chapter 13 Reorganization  Plans  .............................................. 13/4
     C. Chapter 12 Reorganization  Plans  .............................................. 13/34
     D. Chapter 11 Reorganization  Plans  ........................................ ..... 13/35

14 Conversions Between Bankruptcy Chapters
     A. Cases Eligible  for Conversion  ................................................ 14/4
     B. Conversions from Chapter 7 to a Reorganization Chapter ......................... 14/4
     C. Conversions from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 .. ... ...............................  14/7
     D. Conversions from Chapters 12 and 13 to Chapter 7 ............................... 14/8
     E. What Happens After a Conversion to Chapter 7....... ............................ 14/16
     F. Conversions Between Reorganization Chapters ........... ........................ 14/20

15 Prepetition Transfers: How to Keep Payments You've Already Received
     A. Transfers Subject to  Recapture  (Avoidance) ................................... 15/3
     B. Defending Yourself Against Avoidance Actions ... .............................   15/8
     C. Avoidance Actions Against Your Fellow Creditors ................................ 15/16




16 Creditors' Rights After the Bankruptcy Ends
     A. The Effect of the Bankruptcy Discharge      ...................................  16/2
     B. Opportunities for Creditors When Not All Claims Were Discharged ................ 16/10
     C. Recovering Your Collateral         ............................................. 16/12
     D. Collecting Claims from Nonbankrupt Codebtors   ................................. 16/13
     E. Accepting Voluntary Payments from the Debtor  .................................. 16/15
     F. Seeking Criminal Prosecution of the Debtor  .................................... 16/15
     G. Requesting Revocation of the Discharge    ...................................... 16/16

17 Minimizing Future Bankruptcy Losses
     A. Diversify Your Customer Base       ............................................. 17/2
     B. Get Credit Applications from New Customers    .................................. 17/2
     C. Require a Cosigner or Guarantor       .........................................  17/4
     D. Obtain Collateral .............................................................  17/4
     E. Cash All Checks Promptly       ................................................  17/5
     F. Keep Close Tabs on Customers       ............................................  17/6
     G. Know When to Sue          .....................................................  17/8


18 Forcing Debtors Into Bankruptcy
     A. Grounds for Filing an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition .........................  18/2
     B. Who Can File an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition? ............... ............... 18/3
     C. Considering Whether to File an Involuntary Petition ............................ 18/4
     D. Immediate Effect of Filing an Involuntary Petition  ............................ 18/6
     E. Treatment of Creditors with Postpetition, Predecision Claims ................... 18/7
     F. The Court's Decision  .... ...... ............................  ................ 18/8

19 Legal Help Beyond This Book
     A. When to Use Bankruptcy Lawyers ...............................................   19/2
     B. Law Libraries ............. ..... ...  .....  .................................. 19/6
     C. Online Legal Resources ......................................................... 19/11

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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Collecting of accounts United States, Bankruptcy United States