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Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals, Twelfth Edition

  • David L. Buchbinder
  • Robert J. Cooper
Series / Aspen Paralegal Series
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Thoroughly up to Date, Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals Provides Students with the Necessary Theory and Practice Needed to Represent Debtors or Creditors 

The Twelfth Edition of Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals builds on previous editions and offers a concise integration of theory and practice as a basis for improved learning. It presents readable and succinct descriptions of the bankruptcy system with an emphasis on the paralegal’s role at every stage of a bankruptcy proceeding. With thorough coverage of the practical aspects of representing debtors or creditors, this popular text prepares students to succeed as paralegals in all areas of bankruptcy. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of commercial bankruptcies, including the Chapter 11 process.

New to the Twelfth Edition: 

  • Updated Official Bankruptcy Forms 
  • Cites to recent and noteworthy case opinions 
  • The most recent statutory adjustment of dollar exemption amounts (and other provisions) in the Bankruptcy Code 

Professors and students will benefit from: 

  • Straightforward writing that explains basic consumer bankruptcy in ordinary English 
  • Thorough coverage of bankruptcy 
    • consumer representation 
    • creditor representation 
    • assisting with the handling of a Chapter 11 case 
  • A helpful overview of the bankruptcy code and rules 
  • A comprehensive introduction to client interview skills and the client interview process 
  • An integrated narrative fact pattern allowing students to learn the topic of each chapter interactively 
  • Step-by-step guidance through the paralegal’s role at every stage of the bankruptcy proceeding 
  • Simple instructions for completing and submitting documentation in a timely manner 
  • Detailed treatment of means testing, including a tutorial 
  • A downloadable forms manual on the publisher’s website 
  • A wealth of helpful teaching aids within the book, including: 
    • examples 
    • procedural checklists 
    • summaries of the law 
    • discussion questions 
    • learning objectives 
    • glossary of common bankruptcy terms
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About the authors
David Buchbinder
Faculty Member
Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Mr. Buchbinder is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California Bars. He received his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Prior to 1995, Mr. Buchbinder practiced in San Diego, California, representing debtors, creditors, serving as a Trustee and Examiner in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. He has also served as a legal services attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has spoken frequently on Bankruptcy and Consumer Law subjects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and California. He is a regular faculty member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The groups he has spoken before include Legal Services of New Jersey, the Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference, New Jersey State Bar Association, PBI, Delaware State Bar Association, Camden County Bar, San Diego County Bar and the Central California Bankruptcy Conference. He is the author of Basic Bankruptcy for Paralegals, published by Aspen Publishing Company. &He is a member of &the Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference and the Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court. In March 2004, he received an Equal Justice Medal from Legal Services of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Bar for his pro bono contributions in providing training to Legal Services attorneys. Mr. Buchbinder served for more than 21 years as a Trial Attorney for the United States Trustee Program in Wilmington, Delaware.

Robert J. Cooper
Rutgers University, School of Law

Robert J. Cooper, Esq. is a graduate of Rutgers University, School of Law, Camden, New Jersey where he has been an adjunct Professor Law for over 27 years. He teaches an advanced bankruptcy workshop focusing on actual bankruptcy practice and courtroom procedures. He is also the co-author of the "Basic Bankruptcy for Paralegals" textbook. Robert retired from government service after almost 30 years working for the federal courts and the military. In 2021, he became the Bankruptcy Law Coordinator and SJLS Training Coordinator for South Jersey Legal Services, Inc.& He is a founding member of the South Jersey Bankruptcy Practitioners’ Group and he regularly presents Continuing Legal Education seminars to attorneys.& He is a Master in the Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, and a volunteer for the Financial Literacy Project for the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation and the Military Assistance Project. He is the training instructor for the Rutgers Law School Bankruptcy Projects in Camden and Newark, New Jersey. Rutgers Law School created the Robert J. Cooper Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project Excellence Award in recognition of his service in 2017. He is the recipient of various pro bono awards, as well as the Camden County Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal. Robert is admitted to practice before the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Supreme Courts.

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