November, 2021

Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Bankruptcy Procedure Take Effect December 1, 2021

In the Red

. Each year amendments are made to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, which govern how bankruptcy cases are managed. The amendments address issues identified by an Advisory Committee made up of federal judges, bankruptcy attorneys, and others.

Showdown at the Second Circuit on the Standards Protecting Onine Anonymity

Public Citizen

by Paul Alan Levy. An important case about anonymous online speech is hurtling toward a decision in the Second Circuit. The situation is worrisome because defendants are so unsympathetic and the plaintiff’s legal claims seem to me very strong.

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You’re not a bank- how to stop your customers from treating you like one.

Collect More

Anyone who has been in business for a while will know that we are entering the danger zone. The annual period where getting paid is like pulling teeth. Thankfully it is still mid November so there is still time to plan, prepare and cope. The best advice I can give you right now is this- be up front and honest with your customer and ask them, before you start work or provide the goods and services, if they are going to be able to pay on time.

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WIP It Good: What Can Work in Progress Tell You About the Future of Your Law Firm?

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

‘Work in Progress’ (often abbreviate d to WIP) is a representation of work outstanding for law firm clients. While most lawyers just let it ride, and take it for granted that the work just keeps coming in, and keeps getting done – WIP has some predictive powers that law firms are largely ignoring.

Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

Judge Remands FDCPA Class Action Back to State Court

Account Recovery

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Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Updates Guidance for Federal Contractors

Burr Forman

On November 10th, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (“Task Force”) updated its Guidance for Federal Contractors (“Guidance”).

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Why is my credit score low after getting a credit card?

Better Credit Blog

Ironically, even when a credit card issuer checks your credit history and approves you, your credit score still drops by a few points. This is because they’ve had to run a hard credit check or inquiry so they could see your full credit history.

Why You May Need a Certificate of Trust When Selling Real Estate in Michigan

Fraser

A last will and testament and a living trust are two of the most common estate planning methods. A living trust is attractive for many because it provides for an efficient and effective disposition of assets to loved ones, and unlike a will a living trust avoids probate court.

Share and Share Alike: How Modern Document Storage Systems Increase Law Firm Security

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Email is good for email; but, when law firms start to try to expand the uses of email into broader technology functions – that’s where they run into trouble. Like when attorneys try to convert their productivity software into case management software. (In

Complaints Drop, But Lawsuits Rise in October: WebRecon

Account Recovery

Consumers continued to appear to have opposing reactions to their interactions with companies in the accounts receivable management industry in October, with fewer consumers complaining to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but more consumers filing lawsuits, according to data released yesterday by WebRecon.

5 Tips for holiday entertaining on a budget

Kasasa

Cheer, family, good tidings, what other words come to mind when you think of the holiday season? How about the word “expensive”? With all of the traveling, gift buying and party planning that goes on during this time of year, it can be hard to stick to your budget.

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Survey shows true cost of Businesses chasing late payments

UK debt collections

A shocking survey has revealed that 32% of businesses are spending up to 75% on late payment issues. Businesses are surprisingly spending more time chasing overdue debts when that time would be better used for more positive purposes.

Is the Increase in the Monetary Limit in the Civil Courts Good for Creditors?

FFGN COLLECT NY

Effective January 1, 2022, the jurisdictional limit of the New York civil courts will increase from $25,000 to $50,000. On its face, the availability of a lower-cost court to adjudicate claims which fall within the $25,000 to $50,000 sounds appealing.

OSHA Issues New Rule for Employee COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Burr Forman

On November 5, 2021, OSHA will publish a new Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) setting forth employee COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more employees.

Cadence: Better Law Firm Management Through Repetition

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Routine is so. routine’? The notion of slipping into a routine has lots of negative connotations: it’s boring, it’s stultifying, it lacks creativity. Oftentimes, routine and ‘rut’ are used interchangeably. A routine is something to climb out of, not to get into.

NY DFS Proposes Reg to Curb Surprise Medical Bills

Account Recovery

The New York State Department of Financial Services has issued a proposed regulation that aims to protect consumers who are provided misinformation about whether healthcare providers are part of their insurance network.

Guide to using a personal loan for holiday travel

Kasasa

We’re sure in a different place right now than we were last year. Many of us grudgingly accepted FaceTime toasts and gift-opening parties organized via Zoom in 2020, but maybe for you this year screen-mediated cheer just won’t cut it. It’s time to cut loose.

Unpaid Invoices as high as £200k affecting 1 in 5 SME’s

UK debt collections

Newly released data from Time Finance has revealed some startling findings. The data shows that an astonishing 70% of SME’s and Small businesses are suffering from late payments from their customers.

A Good Collection Attorney Knows How to Benefit From New York’s Liberal Judgment Enforcement Policies

FFGN COLLECT NY

There is no state as liberal as New York when it comes to commercial debt collection and the enforcement of judgments against commercial entities. New York Civil Practice and Rules Article 52 grants the judgment creditor many liberties and privileges when it comes to enforcing a judgment.

Tennessee Passes New COVID-19 Legislation

Burr Forman

On October 30, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly passed significant legislation that severely curtails the ability of private employers in Tennessee to implement COVID-19 restrictions in the workplace.

Eye of the Storm: How Will Alternative Business Structures Affect Traditional Law Firms

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Arizona has recently stricken the rule barring non-lawyer ownership in law firms from its professional ethics code. Utah is creating a sandbox environment to explore the same option.

Judge Partially Grants MSJ for Defendant in Itemized Debt Case

Account Recovery

A District Court judge in Pennsylvania has partially granted and partially denied a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act case that may offer a glimpse into how judges are going to address itemized debts once Regulation F goes into effect next week.

6 Ways to give back at Christmas (or any time of year)

Kasasa

Christmas is the season of giving, but with all the costs of holiday shopping, decorating, and celebrating, your budget may not allow much room for charity - unless you've planned ahead. Never fear! Giving back at Christmas is possible without spending a dime.

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Swiss Government takes debt collection action over unpaid fees

UK debt collections

Switzerland spent more than seven million francs repatriating citizens in the first wave of the Covid pandemic. The Swiss government has started debt collection proceedings to recover almost half a million francs spent on Covid repatriations.

What’s New for Medicare in 2022?

Nerd Wallet

Open enrollment for Medicare goes from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year, when Medicare beneficiaries choose their coverage for the next plan year. As Medicare enrollees contemplate their choices for 2022, here are overall Medicare changes to keep in mind.

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What Happens When a Lender Fails to Record a Satisfaction of a Mortgage?

Jimerson Firm

Paying off one’s mortgage can be an exciting time for homeowners. Not only is the homeowner relieved of the burden of their monthly mortgage payments, but they are also finally able to proclaim that the property is owned free and clear.

Small business needs you every day, not just Saturday

American Profit

Many small businesses took a beating during COVID-19. At the far end of the spectrum, numerous small retail shops and restaurants closed for good and those that did survive through the pandemic suffered tremendous losses that they now need to work day and night to make up for.

DFPI Issues Draft Rules to License Four New Types of Industries, Including Debt Settlement Providers

Account Recovery

The California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation is seeking comments on a proposed rulemaking that would require four different industries to be registered with the state in order to operate — debt settlement services, student debt relief services, education financing, and wage-based advances.

Finding the perfect place to bank: Our guide to your new financial home

Kasasa

What's your favorite restaurant? We're not talking about the closest one that you run to when you’re in a hurry, or the one that you visit most often because it's super kid-friendly, or even the one that is wicked pricy, but when your in-laws come to town, you take them there to impress them.

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