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Happy Anniversary to Resnik Hayes Moradi, LLP

Resnik Hayes Moradi LLP just passed its second anniversary in existence, July 1, 2020.  We are hanging in there with the current heath issues in our country.  Most of our attorneys and staff are working from home but we have not missed a beat on the quality services we strive to provide to our clients.  Here’s to your good health and Happy 4th of July.  Our firm resume is here. 

How to pay the new District Court $25 fee

Email from Keith Higgenbotham

Dear Colleagues!

The District Court is currently finalizing its renewal application and plans to post it on its website with a link to a portal so that we can pay online using a credit card.  It plans to send out a Notice to its practitioners and to our Bankruptcy Court Clerk.  Once the Notice is received, our Clerk of the Court will send out its own Notice to all the bankruptcy CM/ECF users with a link to the District Court’s website and portal.  The District Court’s goal is to have the renewal application posted and the portal setup by the end of next week.

So some advice:

  1.   You do not need to send in a check to District Court with the hope that it will be applied correctly.

  2.  PLEASE do not send a check to the Bankruptcy Court since it has nothing to do with this fee.

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Keith Higginbotham

Recovering attorney’s fees in bankruptcy – great program

This program looks great!

Insolvency Law Committee
Zoom Webinar: Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy Court Litigation
Friday, July 10, 2020, 11 am – 12:15 p.m.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and Remedies Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Register Here

Our Speakers: Honorable Victoria S. Kaufman, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California; Daniel J. Bussel, Professor, UCLA School of Law and Partner, KTBS Law LLP; Gregory M. Salvato, Partner, Salvato Law Offices. Moderator: Joseph Boufadel, Salvato Law Offices. Read more…

Cathy Moran Oral History (and Happy Birthday Cathy)

It will always be one of the highlights of my business life that when I asked Cathy Moran if she would let me do her oral history, she said yes.  We met for two hours, two days in a row, at her office near San Jose, discussing her life and of course her views of the bankruptcy world and consumer bankruptcy practices.  She has a lot to say and every consumer bankruptcy attorney should listen to her.  We talked about her early days growing up on a farm in central California, helping her farm animal veterinarian father in his business, even helping him with surgeries here and there.  She went to Stanford undergrad and later Hastings Law school.  But it’s her comments on the practice of bankruptcy, 40 years worth, especially chapter 13, that people should listen to.  The audio of the oral history can be accessed here from the website of the Biddle Law Library of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Scroll down to find hers.  Listen to it on one of your walks.  The Biddle Law Library has had it transcribed but has not uploaded that yet.   Let me know what you think.

Her blogs, if you haven’t checked them out, are here and here.

By the way, Happy Birthday Cathy.  Keep yourself well.

San Fernando Valley Bar Association – Bankruptcy Section and Business Section Joint Program on Landlord Tenant Lease Issues in the Age of Covid 19

Email from Steve Fox

Dear All:

We have a very timely program for all of you.  Attorney David Campbell Smith will be speaking about various lease issues including evictions in the Age of Covid.  For bankruptcy attorneys this problem will be hitting us over and over in bankruptcy cases where tenants file bankruptcy cases to try to save their leases or to stave off eviction.  Under California law, what arguments will be more effective?  Mr. Smith’s presentation will be a nuts and bolts look at the terrain.  The presentation is timely because now businesses are starting to reopen, landlords are getting their legs under them and the fireworks are about to begin.  The program is free to members. Read more…

Memorial Day – thanks to my brother Bill.

My little brother Bill.  Echo platoon, Seal Team One.  Bill is on the right sitting on the wall.  Thanks for your service Bill.  He is retired now on full disability.

Catt Mutler's photo.

cdcbaa Program Saturday May 30, 2020

To Help Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19, this CLE Program will ONLY be available as a WEBINAR via Zoom

Please join us on May 30, 2020 as the cdcbaa presents:

“CARES Act – Adjusting to the New Landscape and Understanding the Impact on Small Business Subchapter 5″

Aki Koyama, Esq. – Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Trustee Kathy Dockery
Nancy Clark, Esq.
Nicholas Gebelt, Esq.
Jon Hayes, Esq.

SFVBA Bankruptcy Section Meeting, Friday May 22, 2020, at 12 noon: Program: Really Interesting Bankruptcy Matters Emphasizing Consumer Issues: By ZOOM

Email from Steve Fox.  I think I’ll sign up for this one.  My two partners are among the presenters.

Dear All:

This is a fun program.  I have asked a lot of different bankruptcy attorneys and one judge to each contribute one case or topic that interests each of them and to take 5 to 10 minutes to speak about the matter.  For example, Jim Selth will speak about a recent unpublished opinion by one of our local judges which considered the means test, a high income individual and non-consumer debt in the context of a motion by the UST to convert.  Judge Ahart will speak about recent changes to the CA exemption laws and their impact on debtors.  Shai Oved will discuss a fascinating local case in Santa Ana where a family law attorney objected to a debtor’s discharge, lost and then what happened when the debtor sought attorneys’ fees of about $1,000,000 from the objecting family law attorney under Section 523(d) for the cost of defense.  Jeremy Rothstein looks at a recent BAP opinion on the ability of the bankruptcy court to modify a plan near the end of the 5 year term where the debtor has received unexpected monies.   Our other speakers include Matt Resnik and Roksana Moradi, Jeff Hagen and Stella Havkin, Lew Landau and Richard Brownstein, all on consumer issues. Read more…

Prober Raphael looking for an associate

From a post by Lee Raphael on Facebook:

My firm is in need of another attorney.  We were just awarded another 5-year contract to be a subcontractor for the DOJ in collections and bankruptcy matters.  Plus, we have a number of quiet title actions, surplus funds cases and other collection actions for our new attorney to lead.  If you are interested or know someone interested, please contact me.  We are willing to train the right candidate. I’m making this shareable in case you are so inclined.

Learn the ABCs of Bankruptcy – May 14, 2020 – Free through UWLA School of Law

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