I spent some time recently in Indianapolis, Indiana at the 54th Annual Seminar of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) where I spoke on the topic of Security Clearances and Bankruptcy. While there, I was fortunate to meet John Steinkamp, an attorney who practices bankruptcy and consumer law there in Indianapolis. We have a mutual friend and colleague, attorney Dave Philipps, who suggested that we get together. John practices law in Indy where he has a thriving practice helping consumers with consumer bankruptcy, collection harassment under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and credit reporting issues under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). I am glad that I was able to sit down with John as it is always interesting to talk to attorneys from other parts of the country who have practices similar to mine. He represents his clients well and does a thorough job helping and protecting them, not only during the bankruptcy process itself, but afterwards as well. It was good to sit down and spend some time talking to John on this podcast.
This past decade has seen a dramatic increase in the aging of our population. Additionally, with our bankruptcy and consumer practice, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of our senior citizens struggling with debt. Against that backdrop, attorney Connie Glass has devoted the majority of her professional life helping and assisting our elder citizens. In fact, her law firm is named, appropriately enough, the Elder Law Firm of Connie Glass. Connie is an expert in her field and she is highly respected throughout the state of Alabama. She is a charter member of the Alabama State Bar Elder Law Section and she is a member of the National Elder Law Foundation and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Connie regularly speaks throughout Alabama to senior citizens and professional groups on the subject of elder law. Connie is really considered to be the “go-to” attorney for this area of law and I was happy to be able to spend a little bit of time with her on this podcast and learn about her life in the law.
Chris Hinson is considered one of the top estate planning attorneys in the state of Alabama. Originally from Texas, Chris is also a Certified Public Accountant (“C.P.A.”). She obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) degree at St. Mary’s School of Law and then made a pitstop in New York City to get a LLM degree (Master of Law) in tax from New York University. There, she met her husband (and also long time law partner!), James “Bob” Hinson. Chris and Bob have been practicing law together for many years here in Bob’s hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Their firm, Hinson and Hinson, is highly respected throughout the state. I enjoyed catching up with Chris as I haven’t talked to her in a long time. You’ll hear us talk about youth swimming for reasons that will become apparent, in addition to her life in the law. I think you will like hearing her story.