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Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors - A Bankruptcy Alternative

Recognize when the use of an assignment may be advantageous versus the debtor turning to a liquidation under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code.

Receive an overview of the basics to general assignments for the benefit of creditors, a state law alternative for the liquidation of a distressed business that while long available under state laws, has had little use outside of states such as California, Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts. States such as Washington and Minnesota have enacted new statutory schemes addressing the use of ABCs (as receivership actions) and other states are considering new statutory schemes as well. The fiduciary nature and responsibilities of the assignee will be covered, as will the advantages and disadvantages to the process as compared to bankruptcy. Gain a better understanding of the nature of general assignments and when the use of an assignment may be advantageous versus the debtor turning to a liquidation under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code.

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Agenda

Basics of What Is an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors

  • Nature of the Assignment Contract
  • Court Supervised vs. Statutory or Common Law Assignments
  • How Is the Assignee Chosen; Who Can Serve as the Assignee
  • Rights and Duties of the Assignee
  • Assets Transferred
  • Responsibility for Creditor Claims
  • Filing of Claims by Creditors (Bar Dates, Requirement to File Claim to Share in Distributions to Creditors)

Impact of Secured Claims on Assignment

  • Validating Secured Creditor Claims
  • Priority of Competing Security Interests Including That of the Assignee
  • Rights of Other Creditors Including Federal Government Claims and Trust Fund Claims
  • Priority of Creditor Claims (State and Local Taxes, Employee Wage Claims, Customer Deposits, etc.)

Creditor Alternatives to the Assignment

  • Involuntary Bankruptcy
  • Abstention Under Bankruptcy Code Section 305
  • Mandatory Dismissal Under Bankruptcy Code Section 542

Other Creditor Remedies

  • Choice of Creditor Representatives Under Selected State Laws

Benefits and Advantages of Assignments to Bankruptcy

  • Flexibility of the Process (State Dependent)
  • Speed With Which the Assignee Can Liquidate Assets
  • Lack of Court Involvement (State Dependent)
  • Assignee Has the Rights of a Lien Creditor Under Uniform Commercial Code

Disadvantages of Assignments

  • No Court Supervision (State Dependent)
  • Creditors Have No Say in Choice of Assignee
  • Limited Recourse Against Assignee for Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Administering the Assignment Estate
  • Inability to Limit the Impact of Ipso Facto Clauses in Contracts (as Distinguished From Bankruptcy Where Those Clauses Are Void)

Recovery of Preferential Transfers Under State Law and Preemption Issues

  • State Law Recovery Statutes
  • Need to Show Intent to Prefer
  • Impact of Sherwood Partners v. Lycos Case and Case Law That Has Followed Limiting That Decision
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on January 20, 2021.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 5.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 89 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Over 34 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Geoffrey L. Berman

Geoffrey L. Berman

Development Specialists, Inc.

  • Senior Managing Director of Development Specialists, Inc.
  • Former president and chairman of the Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute and member of ABI's Board of Directors, 2002-2014; Executive Committee and Management Committee, April 2010- 2014
  • Ex-officio member of the ABI Commission for the Study of Reform of Chapter 11 (report released in December 2014)
  • More than 40 years of experience in the administration of assignment estates around the country
  • Author of ABC’s Book on ABC’s (General Assignments for the benefit of Creditors, The ABC’s) 4th edition
  • Wrote numerous articles on general assignments, including the ABI publication "General Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, the ABCs of ABCs," 3rd edition, September 2015; co-wrote an article for the St. John's University Law School Law Review proposing a Model Statutory Scheme for general assignments, 2009
  • J.D. degree, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California; B.A. degree, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
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Published 2021
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