Bankruptcy lawyers everywhere grateful for attorney Robert Wilbert

28 Jul Bankruptcy lawyers everywhere grateful for attorney Robert Wilbert

Jacksonville, Florida Attorney Robert Wilbert

Jacksonville bankruptcy attorney Robert Wilbert is accustomed to giving away his legal expertise as a staff attorney for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, but the free service he provides thousands of his colleagues is just as priceless.

Since the enactment ofThe Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act(BAPCPA) in late 2005, practicing consumer bankruptcy law has become a very complicated task.The amended code is so poorly written that interpretation of its many provisions has created an avalanche of court decisions which must be read, digested and integrated into a lawyer’s practice.Any bankruptcy lawyer ignoring the directives of bankruptcy judges, even from courts in other parts of the country, miss opportunities to better serve their clients.

However, the reality is that attorneys are always pressed for time, and consumer bankruptcy lawyers are especially busy because of the weak economy and the tidal wave of foreclosures.Fortunately, the consumer debtor bankruptcy bar has an invaluable resource to help us all stay on top of the latest court rulings.

Throughout every day, Wilbert provides thousands of consumer bankruptcy attorneys with the latest case law updates.Each one of his emails includes a brief paragraph describing the ruling of the case with an attachment of the actual decision.His ingenious, simple delivery of the legal news is timely, accurate . . . and free.

Wilbert began working with legal aid programs 15 years ago, with the last 5 for JALA. His professional goal is simple, I work for legal aid to level the playing field and give poor people a chance in court against well funded adversaries.

When it comes to legal research, Wilbert might just be the undisputed champion, as he has easily surpassed one thousand case updates.He began posting these gems about two years ago because a fellow Jacksonville attorney would always ask him to do research for her. He discovered he was rather good at it, so he started sharing his findings with other attorneys as well.

Currently, Wilbert posts his case law updates to a handful of debtor attorney email groups, including one maintained by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He became an immediate hit and was selected as NACBA’s Member of the Month in November 2007.He explains, NACBA members have helped me so much that I wanted to give something back. Case postings and instant research fit the bill.

Wilbert received his B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1987, his law degree from Ole Miss in 1990 and his LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane University 1991.Before choosing the practice of law, he wanted to be a reference librarian. I have always been resourceful and able to find information and news quickly – even in the days before the Internet when it was a real challenge.In college I was calledHerr Auskunftor Mr. Information.

The self-described Ron Paul Republican says he ultimately chose to work for legal aid because it is in his heart to help poor people, but his contribution to the legal profession as a whole goes far beyond the representation of America’s poorest citizens.His case law updates help manage the considerable volume of new bankruptcy information for those dedicated to representing debtors.

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Chip Parker is the managing partner of Parker & DuFresne, P.A., where he represents Northeast Florida businesses and consumers facing bankruptcy, and homeowners facing foreclosure. His firm files more homeowners in the Mortgage Modification Mediation Program than any other law firm in Northeast Florida. Parker is the recipient of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid's prestigious Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Mr. Parker is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and National Association of Consumer Advocates.
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