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Brooklyn Bar plans bankruptcy seminar for the public, too

December 23, 2019 Rob Abruzzese
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The Brooklyn Bar Association does its best to keep local attorneys up to date on the recent changes in bankruptcy laws, but it also realizes that members of the public who are not lawyers need to know about bankruptcy so they can be proactive and protect themselves.

Less than a month after it updated attorneys on developments in bankruptcy law, the BBA will do the same for Brooklynites at large as attorneys Richard Klass and Fern Finkel will host a Know-Your-Rights seminar called, “Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy: The Process, Defenses and Options” at the Brooklyn Bar Association, 123 Remsen St., on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.

“We’ve had people ask if they could come to the CLE, but that’s really not meant for the general public because there is a lot of nuance,” Klass said. “So, the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation decided to host a consumer debt and bankruptcy seminar for the general public that is a lot more basic and explains the nuts and bolts for what people need to know to file.”

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The seminar is sponsored by the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the bar association. It’s free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at but people are allowed to walk in.

Finkel, the Foundation Law Committee chair and program organizer, said that they will spend at least 90 minutes going over the process of a typical consumer collection proceeding, defenses available to the debtor and consumer, and other options and strategies for dealing with debt. They will also cover the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 petitions, including how to file and important automatic stays and discharges.

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