In Philadelphia in 2001, Max spoke and said that if you started doing some of the things he was doing in his practice you would starve the first five years, but then you could probably become a millionaire.
At that time I was working on my very first AP for a stay violation. We were being beat upon, the ch 13 trustee wanted all the money, etc. With some help from the 2001 NACBA meeting we settled the case for $15,000 and the client got to keep all the money.
Since then we have settled every AP we have filed. We have not done a depo in any of these cases, and our clients get some, if not all, of the money. We have settled a $30,000 AP with not even an interrogatory, because of what we have learned on list serve.
This week alone, in 3 days, we have filed 39 objections to claims, transfers, and have close to 10 APs waiting to be drafted. We can only do this because of what we learned from Max and list serve. One also gets some great websites that help also.
My clients have received over $100,000 back from creditors, and still counting. As Max says - you can make five cases out of every one you take in, and it's a lot cheaper to have 10 clients with 50 cases, than 50 clients with a basic BK. Learning this has not been a waste of my time, or of my client's time.
So, if you want to make money, and help your clients, read list serve, if you don't have time because you are already making money and helping your clients, then just ignore it or unsubcribe. If you are too busy just getting the daily intakes done, I would suggest list serve helps you avoid a lot of time on research, re-inventing the wheel, etc., so you will have time to start doing some other things that produce more money for you AND YOUR CLIENTS.
Today, thanks to Max and NACA, FDCPA, we are filing an AP for a 69 year old black woman who has raised 11 children, and never worked. She lives on her deceased husband's small pension on SS. She filed a ch7 several years ago after his death because of a reduction in income. Her total exemptions were $1,080.
Last month she got a demand from a collection agency trying to collect on a discharged debt. She was so upset, and embarrassed she got all "anxious" and her "pressure" went up. She had to go to the doctor, but was too embarrassed to tell him why her pressure was up. She is a diabetic. She finally told her daughter about the problem of having a bill she had no hope of ever paying. The daughter suggested she call us since we did her BK.
She was just sure that no one would send her a bill she really didn't owe, because folks just don't do things like that. She was sure that there was some exception to the BK rules, and that she still owed this debt.
Yesterday on list serve I was able to get Barbara and Rachel to help me get an address, the case John Rao sent this AM on another case, had a great cite in it to the 524 issue I was looking for a cite to. Only because of list serve can we timely do all this for this client. If I would have had to track down an out of state bank address and name of a bank officer, it might take months of research. I got the info in less than an hour because of list serve. That never would have happened on a board.
List serve is better than "swimmies."
And from the bottom of my heart I thank everyone of you who have helped me and my clients, many of who are elderly and minorities, who can't get help anywhere else.