Why You Should Attend
Negotiating Attorney Fees
Part 3 will cover the overlap of FCRA and the additional complexity of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Mr. Krumbein will be discussing slightly more of the process of Chapter 13 and then go into the substantive law including the Bk D. Wisc. Case on correct credit reporting while in bankruptcy, and the VERY bad cases on credit reporting as a discharge violation- Helmes (Bk EDVA) and Mahoney (BK, WDTX). He will also briefly discuss the good case- Torres (Bk, SDNY). This is more about technical accuracy and less about the litigation and law.
Benjamin Franklin quipped that “nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.” It is surprising, however, that your clients are taxed on the attorney’s fees that you earn while representing them. This webinar will explain why this is the case by looking at attorney’s fees through the lens of tax law.
It's tax season and by now you and your clients should have received 1099s for settlements and judgments from last year. These forms are often misunderstood and raise many questions, especially regarding their implications for the taxation of attorneys' fees. In this session, you will have the opportunity to have your own questions about 1099s answered and to learn from issues other NACA members are facing regarding these forms.
Many consumer protection cases are litigated under fee-shifting laws. If you prevail on behalf of the consumer in your case, you may be able to recover attorney fees from the other side. Many consumer protection attorneys are well versed on the substantive law that allows them to prevail on behalf of their clients. This webinar discusses the next step: how to prepare for and conduct an evidentiary hearing to ethically increase your chances of recovering the full amount of attorney fees to which you may be entitled.
The structure of fee agreements plays a significant role in the taxation of attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court has held that traditional contingency-fee agreements constitute impermissible assignments of taxable income ("fruit") from clients to their attorneys.
This webinar will cover maximizing damages under the Fair Debt Collections Act Statute, from start to finish, including finding the story of the case. An emphasis will be placed on actual damages, common law theories that help get to punitive damages, recent verdicts and awards. We’ll cover the authorities that help you establish the correct standard for determining actual damages (i.e. emotional distress) under the FDCPA, what evidence is needed to prove actual damages and punitive damages, as well as how to recover your attorney fees and costs.