Advanced Issues in Representing Consumer Debtors in Bankruptcy: Avoiding Problems and Pitfalls

(265 Ratings)

Produced on: February 07, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Representing consumer debtors can be problematic for attorneys.  Common pitfalls and missteps may often create costly problems for the unwary practitioner.  In this presentation, Norma E. Ortiz, of Ortiz, & Ortiz, LLP, will explain how to avoid these mistakes by discussing how to skillfully prepare the case.

This course is designed to help attorneys already representing consumer debtors to improve the level of his or her practice, and streamline case preparation to help ensure less stress, greater profitability, and happier clients.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understanding the nature of consumer bankruptcy representation

  2. Identify the pitfalls of you role as debtor's counsel

  3. Ensure your firm's proper engagement

  4. Avoid malpractice and ethical problems

  5. Get it right the first time: develop best practices for due diligence and profitability

Faculty

Norma Ortiz

Ortiz & Ortiz, LLP

Attorney Norma E. Ortiz has been practicing law in New York since 1988 and in New Jersey since 1994. A strong litigator, Norma joined her father’s legal practice in 1998 after working for the U.S. Department of Justice Trustee’s Office and clerking for a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of New York. She provides attentive, individualized service to businesses and consumers in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

In 1984, Norma received her B.A. in International Relations and Urban Legal Studies from the City College of New York. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1987. Norma is a founding member of the Association of Latina Lawyers and is a board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Norma is also the chairperson of the Bankruptcy Committee of the New York Bar Association. In addition to both her practice and her participation in various associations, Norma prepares lectures and conducts training for other attorneys on bankruptcy law and practice. She has been interviewed by news networks New York 1 and CNN as an expert in bankruptcy law.


Martha J. De Jesus

Ortiz and Ortiz

Martha began working for the firm after graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School.  She continued working for Ortiz & Ortiz as a legal assistant, and later as a paralegal, while she attended Fordham University and Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, Martha served as an intern to the Honorable Martin Glenn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. She passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams in 2013 and is admitted in both states. Martha became an associate upon her graduation from law school in 2013.

Reviews

DW
Daren W.

The presentation was excellent.

BB
Bryan B.

Great real life advice plus the real time mentorship was great to see.

JD
John D.

excellent

SP
Samuel P.

My only issue with this presentation is whether it is "advanced" level. I thought it was a good warning but pretty routine.

VC
Vincent C.

Norma was great.

MH
Monique H.

Very thankful for all candid practice advice and pointers... excellent presentation!

LT
Lynne T.

Thank you!

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