Need Help? Call us at (281) 541-2807 Visit our Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our RSS Feeds

Effective UCC Search Strategies to Minimize Risk

presented by Lorman Education Services
View the Lorman Education Services Profile and Course Listings


Effective UCC Search Strategies to Minimize Risk

Workshop Description/Agenda

Understand how to conduct thorough UCC searches for your next case. Lenders and other creditors need to know where they stand if a debtor becomes bankrupt. Primarily, this is a function of whether they have a lien or security interest and if so, whether anyone else has a prior lien or security interest. Liens generally must be made public in some way, usually by a filing in a public office, in order to enjoy priority, so prospective lenders and creditors will want to search for those liens. Notwithstanding Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the law that governs most consensual security interests, lien searching remains an art. Issues remain regarding what name to search, where to search and how to deal with past transactions conducted by the debtors predecessors in interest or by the debtor under prior names or in prior locations. In addition, other liens not governed by Article 9 must be taken into account and those liens are not held to the same standards that affect searchability as Article 9 security interests. Searching is not a mechanical process and there is no procedure that guarantees comprehensive results in every case. In short, searchers need to understand their opportunities so they can balance their costs against their risks.


Types of Searches
ï Real Estate
ï Uniform Commercial Code Security Interests
ï Intellectual Property ñ Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
ï Domain Names
ï Aircraft, Rolling Stock and Vehicles
ï Other Matters

Who to Search
ï Who Is the Debtor?
ï Prior Owners
ï Parties to Prior Mergers and Conversions
ï Prior Names

Where to Search
ï Debtor Location
ï Prior Locations
ï Filing Office
ï Collateral Locations
ï Judicial Liens

Debtor Name
ï What Is the Debtor's Name?
ï Understanding Standard Search Logic
ï Effect of No Search Logic
ï Special Rules ñ Estates and Trusts
ï The Organization Name Issue
ï Names of Individuals
ñ Uncertainty
ñ Potential Statutory Safe Harbor

Other Search Issues
ï Special Rules for Tax and Other Statutory Liens
ï Interpreting Search Results
ñ Are Amendments and Other Terminations Trustworthy?
ñ Apparent Legal Flaws
ñ Rogue Amendments and Bogus Filings

Conclusion ñ Client's Informed Consent

Darrell W. Pierce with Dykema Gossett PLLC

NALA ,NFPA ,Paralegals ,Additional credit may be available upon request.

Who Should Attend

This live audio conference is designed for paralegals, legal assistants and attorneys.

Additional Information

Training Provider: Lorman Education Services

Course Topics: Law Training > Other

Training Course Summary: Effective UCC Search Strategies to Minimize Risk

Find Similar Training Find Similar Training
Email This Training's Information Email This Page