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  • ABI has produced a DVD to help consumers better manage their finances, while explaining the basics of bankruptcy procedure with a grant from the National Association of Attorneys General. “Taking Charge of Your Finances” is hosted by Hon. Leif M. Clark (W.D. Texas) and is available online at ABI World.

  • Read a recent Cracking the Code article, entitled "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Low-Cost Food Plan," by Mark Lino. For more than 100 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared guides people may use to select nutritious diets at different cost levels. The Low-cost Food Plan is often used by bankruptcy courts to determine the portion of a bankruptee's income to allocate to necessary individual or household food expenses. To give bankruptcy courts a better understanding of the Low-cost Food Plan, this article will describe the plan in more detail.

  • Look for the latest ABI Journal in your mailbox in a few weeks. The latest issue features a number of articles related to consumer bankruptcy, including: Property of the Estate: Focusing in on §348(f) (Consumer Corner), Credit Card Debt in Chapter 7 Cases (Bankruptcy by the Numbers), The USTP's Criminal Enforcement Unit: Another Weapon Against Bankruptcy Fraud (On Our Watch), Go Directly to Jail; Do Not Collect $200 (Warren & Westbrook) and a book review of The Two-income Trap: Why Middle-class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke (Suggested Reading).

  • Looking for a new employee or searching for a new job? Check out the new ABI Career Center-the one-stop site for job seekers and employers in the insolvency community. Stop by to set up your personal profile or search the available positions (over 120 on average). Employers are invited to post free job listings and search the job-seeker database for possible candidates.

  • Check out the latest Collier Case Update offered at ABI World. Case summaries are available to ABI members.

  • The latest edition of the West Bankruptcy Newsletter is now available. Provided by West Group, the newsletter is a weekly update on bankruptcy and debtor/creditor matters.

  • Read the latest on Networking in the bankruptcy world and Bankruptcy—By the Numbers, now available at ABI World. Provided by Dow Jones Newswires, the online columns are updated monthly and provide the latest news on appointments, new hires, what's happening in the courts around the nation and much more.

  • Read the previous Consumer Bankruptcy Committee e-Newsletter online.

    Secured Creditor’s Right to Contact Debtor Subsequent to Bankruptcy Discharge When the Debtor Retains the Collateral Without Redeeming or Reaffirming

    Agenda for Winter Leadership Committee Meeting

    Consumer Manual Now Available