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Reno Fernandez Featured in BASF Bulletin

Reno Fernandez was featured in the January issue of the Bulletin, the monthly newspaper of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  You can view the article here.

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in a Nutshell

Reno Fernandez spoke on this panel for the 2014 California State Bar Annual Meeting entitled “Chapter 11 in a Nutshell.”  The video is now available here.
Viewers earn one hour of MCLE credit as well as one hour of Legal Specialization in Bankruptcy Law credit.
This program will take the mystery and confusion out of the Chapter […]

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Insurer Cannot Attach Social Security Benefits or Proceeds to Enforce Disability Overpayment Agreement Under ERISA

In Bilyeu v. Morgan Stanley, 683 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules that an insurer cannot impose a lien upon the proceeds of Social Security benefits in the possession of the insured in order to recover overpayment of long-term disability benefits.  Read more here.

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Follow Macdonald Fernandez LLP on Twitter!

Follow us on Twitter at @calbkattorneys or by clicking here:  https://twitter.com/CalBKAttorneys

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Chapter 15 Foreign Debtor Must Have Domicile, Place of Business or Property in U.S.

In international bankruptcies under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a foreign debtor company must have a domicile, a place of business or property within the United States.  Read more here.

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Cramming Down Secured Debt and the Section 1111(b) Counter-Measure

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco will present a lunch program entitled “Cramming Down Secured Debt and the Section 1111(b) Counter-Measure,” explaining the most significant moves a debtor can make to modify mortgages and other liens and the countermoves the credit might take.  […]

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Supreme Court Rules Debtor’s Homestead Exemption Cannot Be Surcharged

In Law v. Siegel (In re Law), No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (March 4, 2014), the Supreme Court ruled that a bankruptcy court may not surcharge a debtor’s homestead exemption as a result of the debtor’s misconduct.  Read more here.

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Get More Profile Views on LinkedIn – Rotate That Profile Pic

Social Selling Expert Kurt Shaver knows that rotating your headshot frequently on LinkedIn keeps you in front of connections.
Once you have a good headshot, you can rotate your profile pic on LinkedIn to increase engagement with your connections. Every time you change your profile photo it shows up in the feed on LinkedIn. People engage […]

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Military, Veterans and Other Overlooked Bankruptcy Exemptions

Did you know that a military soldier’s deposits to savings accounts while on permanent duty abroad are fully exempt in bankruptcy?  Read about this and other often overlooked bankruptcy exemptions for military personnel, veterans and others here.

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Hidden Liens, Tax Lien Traps and Things You Never Knew About the UCC

Reno Fernandez hosted a continuing legal education program for the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section covering certain special liens and bankruptcy, including inchoate liens, tax liens and the scope of judgment liens under the Uniform Commercial Code.  View the program here.

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Cities in Distress: Is Chapter 9 the Best Vehicle for Saving Cities and Providing Needed Governmental Services?

[ January 29, 2015; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] On January 29, 2015, the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum will present a program on chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies at the City Club of San Francisco.  Reno Fernandez serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum.  RSVP here.

Moderated by:

The Honorable Hannah L. Blumenstiel, United States Bankruptcy Judge (N.D. Cal.)

Panelists include:

Professor Michelle Wilde […]

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Major Pitfalls in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

Check out Iain A. Macdonald’s program on major pitfalls in chapter 7 bankruptcy cases presented at the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting in 2012 here.

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If You Are A Spendthrift (Trust), Go To Hawaii

A valid spendthrift trust is entitled to certain protections in bankruptcy, especially in Hawaii.  Read how In re Zukerkorn, 500 B.R. 598 (9th Cir. BAP 2013) ruled that a Hawaii spendthrift trust was valid and entitled to full protection in a California bankruptcy case here.

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Too Early to Dismiss? BAP Overturns Order Dismissing Chapter 11 Case as Bad Faith Filing

In Sullivan v. Harnisch (In re Sullivan), CC-14-1225-TaDKi (9th Cir. BAP December 9, 2014), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “BAP”) reversed a bankruptcy court order dismissing a chapter 11 bankruptcy case as having been filed in bad faith.  Read more here.

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New Articles by BASF’s Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Check out the new articles posted by the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco here.  The articles appear at the bottom of the page.

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The Business Judgment Rule in the Central District of California

A pair of decisions by the United States District Court for the Central District of California challenge the strength of the business judgment rule.  Read more here.

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Discharging Student Loans

A recent opinion, namely In re Hedlund, 718 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2013), may make it easier to discharge student loans.  Read more in my article for Legal by the Bay, the blog of the Bar Association of San Francisco, here.

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Fall Social @ Schroeders!

[ October 2, 2014; 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please join us this Thursday, October 2, 2014 at our old home, Schroeder’s.

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BNI Connect Updates (June 2013)

Short video showing some of the new updates in the June 24, 2013 “Tranche 7″ release of BNI Connect.

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My Ideal Referral

My ideal referral would involve the entire chapter!

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IRS Fraud Alert

There is a scam (likely by some organized crime outfit) where people steal someone’s social security number and then file their tax return early in the season and have the refund sent to a vacant building.  Guarantee Mortgage has seen a few of these scams this year and is currently  working on  purchase that is […]

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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Approves 45% Workers’ Comp Hike for July 1, 2012

The article below is re-blogged from the Workers’ Comp Executive
Wednesday May 30, 2012
FLASH REPORT!
Jones Approves 45% Workers’ Comp Hike for 7/1s
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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones went against a unified front of labor and employer representatives siding with the insurance industry and the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) in approving a 8.3% increase mid-year […]

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Barbary Insurance Brokerage becomes a member of United Valley Insurance Services

We are pleased to announce that Barbary Insurance Brokerage has joined United Valley effective June 1, 2012.  United Valley is an insurance cluster of highly reputable, independently owned, property and liability agencies that pool their business to improve access to coverage.  This strategic move gives Barbary Insurance Brokerage access to more insurance carriers and provides us […]

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SF MoMa

[ February 23, 2012; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] BNI Embarcadero social: SF MoMa! Thursday, February 23 @ 5:30.

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Kay Heatherly’s New Professional Video

Kay Heatherly’s Emotional Freedom Techique

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