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Trying to Change the Bankruptcy Code

Two matrimonial lawyers groups are seeking major reforms to the federal Bankruptcy Code. “We want to keep [divorce] outside the bankruptcy courts altogether,” said Marshal S. Willick, a Las Vegas, Nev., matrimonial lawyer and chairman of the Federal Legislation and ...

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How to Protect Your Clients

What is the best way to protect a client from a spouse’s bankruptcy? Inasmuch as alimony and support are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, a divorce agreement should couch financial obligations in the form of alimony, maintenance or support, experts say. ...

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Malpractice A Concern: Bankruptcy Woes for Divorce Lawyers

Disgruntled ex-husbands are turning with increasing frequency to federal bankruptcy courts to circumvent divorce agreements, matrimonial lawyers say. For this reason, lawyers should be extraordinarily careful in drafting divorce agreements in order to protect clients whose spouses later file for ...

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Bars, Eager To Expand Ranks, Go After Small-Firms

Lawyers in solo and small practices often overlooked by organized bar groups in the past are being heavily courted by bar associations across the country that are eager to expand their ranks and better serve their members. From state bars ...

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Small Businesses May Have Option In Bankruptcy

Financially troubled small businesses would be more likely to reorganize rather than close up shop if a proposed new small-business chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code becomes law. The new Chapter 10, proposed to the U.S. Senate in March as ...

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Gun Victims Turn To Sellers For Recovery

A California appeals court’s March 17 ruling – which could expand civil liability for gun stores – is the latest step in a small, but growing, trend toward the use of tort law for recovery of damages caused by firearms, ...

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Computer: Dorner's Tips: What To Buy When Starting Out

Lawyers who are just starting their own practices should keep one thing in mind: “Make sure your computer is your slave, and not your master.” – Do not buy anything less than a 486 computer. The 486 is one step ...

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Champion of the Computer

Londonderry, N.H., solo practitioner Bruce L. Dorner is out to smash a few lingering preconceptions. Dorner, who chairs the Solo and Small Firm Coordinating Committee of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, happens to be a very strong champion of ...

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