Live Seminar

Collection Law From Start to Finish



Monday, May 14, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham

808 South 20th Street

Birmingham, AL 35205


$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AL CLE - 6.00


  • IACET - 0.60

Program Description

Tread Carefully . . . But Ensure Your Clients Get Paid

Winning a judgment against a bad debt doesn't necessarily mean cash in hand. Do you have the information you need to ensure payment of the debt - while keeping in compliance with strict guidelines governing consumer collections? Don't rush in unprepared. Maximize your chances of recovery with the practical solutions you'll gain at this definitive seminar. Enroll today!

  • Uncover assets - including property - that can help you maximize monetary recovery.
  • Stay in compliance: follow the guidelines governing actions permitted or restricted by the FDCPA.
  • Learn effective (and legal!) ways to get the debtor's attention when moving forward with a lawsuit.
  • Learn how to use wage garnishments and attachments to successfully collect judgments.
  • Take the steps necessary to protect your client's rights when the debtor files for bankruptcy.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level course will provide professionals with the legal framework to collect consumer debt. Those who should attend include:

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals
  • In-House Counsel
  • Collections and Loan Officers
  • Credit Managers
  • Bankers
  • Controllers
  • Presidents/Vice Presidents

Course Content

  1. Pre-Suit Collection Strategies
  2. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  3. Filing the Lawsuit - Developing Definitive Strategies
  4. Collecting the Judgment
  5. The Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections
  6. Avoiding Ethical Tangles in Collections

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, Charles C. Dawson Jr.
    1. How to Decide Whether to Pursue Collection
    2. Preventative Collection - Collecting Without Filing a Lawsuit
    3. Designing a Collections System
    4. How to Discover Assets - Finding Property From Which to Collect
    5. Q&A
    10:15 - 11:15, Sara G. Bragdon
    1. Statutory Background and Preemption
    2. Scope of the FDCPA
    3. Understanding the Actions Permitted or Restricted by the Act
    4. Liability and Defenses
    5. Q&A
    11:15 - 12:15, Naomi C. Ivker
    1. Knowing the Debtor
    2. How to Effectively Get the Debtor's Attention
    3. Avoiding Counterclaims
    4. Obtaining Judgment
    5. Q&A
    1:15 - 2:15, Naomi C. Ivker
    1. Use of Judgment Liens on Real Property
    2. Use of Judgment Liens on Personal Property
    3. Self-Help Repossession
    4. Writs of Execution, Seize and Sale by Sheriff, Creditor Priority
    5. Wage Garnishment
    6. Attachments
    7. Exemptions by Debtor
    8. Fraudulent Conveyances
    9. Q&A
    2:15 - 3:15, Amy M. Hampton
    1. Steps to Take When a Debtor Files Bankruptcy
    2. Chapter 7 - Liquidation, Automatic Stay, Dischargeability
    3. Chapter 13 - Reorganization, Automatic Stay, Dischargeability
    4. Means Testing and "Abusive Filing"
    5. Exemption Planning
    6. 707(a) and 707(b) Dismissal
    7. Q&A
    3:30 - 4:30, Charles C. Dawson Jr.
    1. Eliminating Ethical Problems From Your Practice
    2. Zealous Representation or Vexatious Practices
    3. Lawyer Liability
    4. Attorneys' Fees
    5. Q&A

SARA G. BRAGDON is an attorney with the law firm of Akridge & Balch P.C., where her areas of practice include probate, litigation, and collections. She is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, Lee County Young Professionals, and the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Bragdon is licensed to practice in Alabama and Georgia. She earned her B.A. degree from Auburn University and her J.D. degree from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.

CHARLES C. DAWSON JR. is an attorney in Pelham, Alabama. He practices in the areas of creditor’s rights, probate, and estate planning. Mr. Dawson is admitted to practice in Alabama and Tennessee. He is a member of the American Bar Association (GPSolo Magazine Board, GPSolo eReport Subcommittee, Solo Small Firm and General Practice Division’s Technology Committee). He is a member of the National Creditor’s Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the Tennessee Bar Association (Creditor’s Practice Section), Creditors’ Attorneys Association of Alabama, and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Dawson earned his B.A. degree from University of Montevallo and his J.D. degree from Birmingham School of Law.

AMY M. HAMPTON lives and mainly practices bankruptcy law in Alexander City, Alabama at Fuller Hampton, LLC. She graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2009 and was admitted to the Alabama state bar that September. Ms. Hampton is admitted to practice in all three United States District Courts in Alabama. She serves on the Board of Editors for The Alabama Lawyer and has published two articles, one in the magazine and one in the online Addendum. Originally from Birmingham, she graduated from UAB with a history and English degree. She and her law partner are title agents and formed First Alabama Title, LLC., a full service real estate closing business.

NAOMI C. IVKER is an attorney with Zarzaur & Cunningham, P.C. She is a member of the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi bars, as well as the  American and Birmingham bar associations. Ms. Ivker serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Collection Attorney's Association of Alabama. She is a frequent lecturer on collection issues for National Business Institute and other groups, and lectures to high school and college age groups on "Avoiding the Debt Trap," a NARCA created seminar on basic credit concepts for young adults. Ms. Ivker earned her B.A. degree from Colorado College and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law.


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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AL CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 6.0 credit hours, including 1.0 ethics credits.

International Association for Continuing Education Training

N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. State from recall at least three tools for discovering assets. 2. State from recall at least three collection procedures that are prohibited by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). 3. Describe two ways to effectively get a debtor’s attention when pursuing a lawsuit. 4. Explain how to pursue judgment liens on real or personal property to facilitate judgment collection. 5. List the steps necessary to obtain payment when a collection action involves a bankruptcy. 6. Distinguish between ethical and unethical collection practices.

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