American Board of Certification

The American Board of Certification is the nation's premier legal specialty certification organization - certifying attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.

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You expect certification from your doctor - expect it from your lawyer too. Board Certification means that the certified attorney has met rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated knowledge in bankruptcy and/or creditors' rights law.

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What is a “Debt Relief Agency” and Why Does it Matter?

Posted On: May 24th, 2016

“In 2005, Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (the BAPCPA), Pub.L. No. 109–8, 119 Stat. 23 (2005).”  Hersh v. U.S. ex rel. Mukasey, 553 F.3d 743, 746 (5th Cir. 2008).  BAPCPA made a variety of changes to the Bankruptcy Code including the addition of sections 526, 527 and 528 which provide […]


Definition of Family Farmer

Posted On: May 21st, 2016

The definition of “family farmer” under Bankruptcy Code § 101(21) (not to be confused with “farmer” which is defined in the Code at § 101(20)) includes, somewhat counter intuitively, not just an individual (and spouse) but also a corporation or partnership (provided the business entity is majority owned by family members) and “(1) engaged in […]


Bankruptcy Code Definition – “Attorney” is Attorney. Or, Is it?

Posted On: May 18th, 2016

There are some interesting aspects of the definition of “attorney” in the Bankruptcy Code.  Specifically, it provides that “attorney” “means attorney, professional law association, corporation, or partnership, authorized under applicable law to practice law.”  11 U.S.C. § 101(4).  This raises questions about what an individual attorney is, whether the required authorization to practice is state, […]

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