Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jason A. Burgess Martindale-Hubbell Rated

The Law Offices of Jason A. Burgess, LLC is pleased to announce attorney Jason A. Burgess recently received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent.  An AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

The Ratings Explanation
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating. A threshold number of responses is required to achieve a rating.
The General Ethical Standards rating means the attorney adheres to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to practicing law. Those lawyers who are judged to have "Very High" General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process - Legal Ability.
Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of one to five (with one being the lowest and five being the highest). These areas are:
  • Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws in his or her specific area of practice(s)
  • Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
  • Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
  • Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
  • Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his or her specific area of practice(s)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2012 Super Lawyer Rising Stars

The Law Offices of Jason A. Burgess, LLC is proud to announce that Jason has been selected to the 2012 SuperLawyers Rising Star list.

About the Rising Star Process

General Survey
The first step in the process is SuperLawyers asks for other attorneys to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under or have practiced for 10 years or less.  They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action.

Research Process
Once nominated SuperLawyers attorney research team reviews the credentials and assigns points based upon different criteria.

Final Selection Process
The point totals from the general survey and research process are then added to arrive at the final tally.  The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. To ensure a diverse and well-balanced list, the research staff considers factors such as firm size, practice area and geographic location.

The Law Offices of Jason A Burgess, LLC Receives 2012 Best of Jacksonville Award

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 4, 2012 -- The Law Offices of Jason A Burgess, LLC has been selected for the 2012 Best of Jacksonville Award in the Financial Management & Consulting category by the Jacksonville Award Program.

Each year, the Jacksonville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Jacksonville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Jacksonville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Jacksonville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Jacksonville Award Program

The Jacksonville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Jacksonville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Jacksonville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Jacksonville Award Program

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Filing

                                                          The Filing

The next step in the process is the actual filing of the Chapter 11 petition and related documents.  All of the work you put in during step one of the process is going to make this step much easier.  You Chapter 11 attorney should have reviewed all of the information and documentation you provided as well as conducted their own search on all of the available online sources, like public records and lexis searches.
Once the attorney has reviewed the information, they will prepare your Petition, schedules, and other required documents in order to file the actual Chapter 11 proceeding.  Once the documents are prepared the attorney will have a final meeting with the client in order to review the documents and fill in any missing information.  Never let your attorney file the Petition or related documents without seeing them.  Your name is on the documents under the penalty of perjury!  Once you review the documents and sign them, the attorney will file the case.  That is when the bankruptcy court will assign your case a case number.  The bankruptcy court is all online and requires the documents to be efiled.  So you can file the case 24 hours a day.
Once your case is filed the attorney will prepare or has already prepared all of the first day motions for filing, which are discussed in the next article.  Also the Court will enter an order allowing the current owners to stay in control as debtor-in-possession or will enter an order for the individual debtor to stay in control of his finances.  The Court will also set your 341 meeting of creditors date and time.  This is also the step when debtors receive their automatic stay protection which stops all lawsuits and collection efforts immediately.  All of these are discussed more in later sections.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bankruptcy in Middle District of Florida for January 2012

According to the Daily Record the year is starting off more slowly for bankruptcies. During January, 578 bankruptcy petitions were filed in the Jacksonville division of the Middle District of Florida, down 11 percent from 650 in January 2011 and down almost 19 percent from 710 in January 2010, which was a record year. Middle District filings were down almost 13 percent to 3,426 in January from 3,919 in 2011 and down 24 percent from 4,499 in 2010.