Avoiding Potential Ethical Traps in Unbundling, Factoring, and Other Fee Arrangements in Consumer Cases

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 10:15 a.m. at the NCBJ Conference, a panel of experts will tackle all things concerning fee arrangements in consumer bankruptcy cases. More specifically, this panel will focus on the ethical pitfalls that consumer bankruptcy attorneys face when collecting fees for their work. Focusing on chapter 7, based on interviews with bankruptcy attorneys, panelists will discuss how consumer attorneys balance being compensated versus their clients’ lack of funds, how much time attorneys typically spend preparing cases, and important local rules. Focusing on chapter 13, panelists will discuss “no look” fees, “fee only” cases, requesting additional fees post-filing, and fee arrangements for appeals. Moving beyond more typical fee arrangements, panelists will further detail payment from secured party’s collateral, factoring receivables, and fee sharing. And, finally, panelists will examine ghostwriting and issues with pro se filings. We hope to see you there.

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Professor Pamela Foohey
Indiana University