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By Morgan D. King, Esq.

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391 pages | 49 Exhibits | Cases Statutes Rules

This is the only book written for lawyers who regularly represent debtors in consumer and small business bankruptcy cases. Protect and enhance your compensation . . . shield yourself from ethical problems, disgorgement orders and unfair fee restrictions. Recover lost revenue and hidden costs.

Topics Covered

The law of compensation explained - News issues imposed by BAPCPA - Surveys of billing rates and billing practices around the country - Sample fee applications and motions &emdash; Recoverable costs - Retainer agreements . . . what's proper, what's not. - Traps for the unwary, and how to avoid them - History, public policy and case law on compensation of the debtor's bar.

Morgan D. King, Esq.
  • In private practice since 1972 - 44 years.

  • Author of King's Discharging Taxes in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, Legal Guide to Offers in Compromise, and more.

  • Author of seven books on consumer bankruptcy law& practice.

  • Chairman of city of Dublin Planning Commission - 8 years

  • Lead the successful campaign to preserve the West Dublin hills Greenbelt from development in 2000.

  • Helped write and lead the successful campaign to preserve natural habitat in East Dublin.

  • Recipient of NACBA's Distinguished Service Award, and NACBA'S Attorney of the Month award.

  • Recipient of NACBA's Distinguished Service Award.

PART 1 - SETTING THE FEES

                            

1.1 THE COMPENSATION ENVIRONMENT                                

1.2 PUBLIC POLICY & COMPENSATION 

1.3 BAPCPA CHANGES IN THE FEE ENVIRONMENT                        

1.4 THE MYTH OF THE FIXED FEE                

1.5 SETTING YOUR FEES                                 

 a. In general                                                      

 b.The cost of doing business                                 

 c. Cost of lost revenue                                           

1.6 AVERAGE FEES IN CONSUMER CASES

1.7 HOURLY RATES IN CONSUMER CASES

 a. In general                                                      

 b. Factors to consider                                              

1.8 LOCAL CUSTOM AND FEE GUIDELINES                 

 

PART 2 - STATUTES, RULES & REGULATION

        

2.1 JURISDICTION TO EXAMINE FEES                      

 a. In general                                                     

 b. Extent of jurisdiction                                          

 c. Party-in-interest defined                  

 d. Disgorgement of fees     

2.2 CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING -REASONABLENESS OF FEES              

 a. Bankruptcy Code                                          

 b. Bankruptcy Code                        

2.3 DISCLOSURE                                                                               

a. Bankruptcy Code ¬¨Ãü 3298(a)                 

b. Bankruptcy Rule 2016(a)                  

c. BAPCPA required disclosures

d. When is payment deemed paid?                     

e. Source of payment                                              

f. Fee sharing agreements                          

g. Retainer fees                                                          

h. Postpetition fees                                                   

i. Following discharge, dismissal -or closing of case                  

j. Ethical considerations                                     

 2.4  LOGGING TIME & EXPENSES                                            

 2.5  ROLE OF THE U.S. TRUSTEE                                                

a. In general                                                      

b. U.S. Trustee's compensation -Guidelines                                      

2.6 RULE 2014 - Appointment of counsel                                   

2.7  LOCAL RULES AND FEE CAPS                            

 

PART 3  - WHAT IS COMPENSABLE? 

           

3.1 In general                                                                        

3.2 Compensable time                                                                

a. Lawyer time                                                              

b. Paralegal time                                                         

c. Non-lawyer time                                                                 

d. Payment from the estate                     

3.3 Reimbursement of expenses                                                 

a. In general                                                     

b. Overhead not compensable                       

c. Actual costs compensable                       

3.4  Interest on delayed payment  

                                                  

PART 4 - COMPENSATION IN CHAPTER 7       

                                

4.1 Types of retainer fees

 a. Typical fee arrangements                      

 b. Court approval not required                                   

 c. Court approval required                                                     

 d. Appointment not required                                    

 e. Amount of the retainer fee                            

4.2 Source of the payment                                                          

 a. Credit cards                                                           

 b. Borrowing from family                                        

 c. From other insiders                                          

4.3 The form of the retainer                                                       

a. Cash or trade?                                                          

b. Post-dated checks                                         

4.4 Fees and ethics checklist                                                    

4.5 Deposit in trust account?                                                  

4.6 Subsequent compensation                                       

4.7 The fee agreement  

                                                              

PART 5 - COMPENSATION IN CHAPTER 13 

          

5.1 Retainer fees in Chapter 13                                              

a. The typical fee arrangement                           

b. Court approval required                                                    

c. Fee caps                                                             

d. Factors to consider                                               

e. The Houston experiment                            

 f. The form of the retainer                                     

g. Fee-sharing agreements                           

5.2 Payment when case not confirmed                     

5.3 Payment if plan confirmed                                                  

5.4 Payment if confirmed, then dismissed                    

5.5 Payment if converted to Chapter 7                           

5.6 Fees for postpetition services                                                     

5.7 Priority of fee payment                                                          

5.8 Ethical caveats                                                                         

5.9 Summary of compensation rules  

                                        

PART 6 - FEE APPLICATIONS & EXAMINATIONS

                                   

6.1 Formal application may be required                           

a. In general                                                       

b. Local rules may bypass need - for formal approval             

c. No notice required under $500                                              

6.2 Application procedure                                                           

a. Sample application                                                

b. Procedure for application                              

6.3 Documentation required                                                   

a. Contents of motion                                             

b. Declaration of attorney                                       

c. Evidence of market rates                         

d. Resumes of paralegals                                     

e. Itemized billing statement                              

f.Summary sheet                                                                       

g. Points and authorities                                      

h. Certification that debtor - does not object                       i.Proposed form of order                                     

j. Proof of service                                                        

k.Table of hourly rates                                              

l. Project billing format may -be required                  

6.4 Objections to applications                                             

6.5 The hearing and introduction of-evidence                                

a. In general                                                      

b. Right to adequate notice                     

c. Hearing to review -reasonableness of fees                                

d. Causes of disgorgement of fees                    

6.6 The ruling    

                                                                    

PART 7 - ETHICS AND SANCTIONS 

           

7.1 The ethics environment                                                     

a. In general                                                       

b. Deter conduct                                                                       

c. Innocent violation                                               

d. Forms of sanction                                               

7.2  The attorney's ethics                                                          

a. Conflict of interest                                                

b. Fiduciary duty                                                         

c. Bad faith or frivolous filings                     

d. Communications with court                       

e. Bad faith prebankruptcy planning                 

f. Supervision of paralegals                               

g. Marketing and management - issues                 

h. Attorney as petition preparer                                 

i. Attorney-client privilege                                                    

j. Misrepresentations to the court                                 

k. Inadequate representation -of client                                     

l. Limited representation                                     

m. Withdrawal from representation                  

7.3 Bankruptcy crimes                                                              

7.4  Compensation issues              

a. Disclosure                                                               

b. Excessive compensation                                   

c. Source of fees                                                        

d.  Fee-sharing arrangements                      

e. Failure to log time in detail                       

f. Receipt of unauthorized fees                         

g. Collecting fees postpetition forprepetition services     

7.5 The ethics checklist                                                      

7.6 Traps for the unwary   

                                                       

APPENDIX                                                                

© MORGAN D. KING 2016-17

© MORGAN D. KING 2016-18 Technical web advisor Douglas Morrison

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