All Things Credit. All Things Legal.
Date: 08/14/2024
Start Time: 8:30 AM PT
End Time: 9:30 AM PT

This session covers the legal aspects of credit of which every credit manager should be aware. The session provides an introduction to those newer to credit and an excellent refresher for veteran credit managers. Coverage includes: a) how to read, understand and use contracts; b) the essentials for credit applications; c) personal and corporate guarantee agreements and how to use them as credit and collection tools; d) security agreements, their importance and how to enforce them; e) the lawsuit or arbitration process; f) bankruptcy overview; g) judgments and judgment enforcement; and h) best practices for hiring and managing outside counsel. Overall, attendees will leave with practical tips on how they can use the legal process to improve their bottom line.

Instructor Karen L. Hart
Karen L. Hart is a business attorney with over 20 years of experience litigating commercial and real estate disputes.
Karen counsels clients on creditor’s rights issues, real estate and landlord-tenant matters as well as various other contract and business disputes. She is a tireless advocate for her clients, providing guidance on business legal matters, such as lease, purchase and sale, brokerage and property management disputes, specific performance claims, commercial evictions, lis pendens, lien and bond claims, lien priority disputes, promissory note claims, commercial foreclosures, bankruptcy claims, professional ethics and liability matters, bills of review, confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and related disputes and injunctive proceedings, and business tort claims, including tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, civil theft, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secret claims.
Prior to joining Bell Nunnally, Karen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hayden Head, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division. Karen is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Karen also serves as Bell Nunnally’s General Counsel.
Karen’s accolades include: Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) (2022-24); Dallas Best Lawyers, D Magazine (2022-24); Best Lawyers® in America (2017-2024); Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2021, 2022); Best Lawyers® Texas' Best Lawyers (2020); Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyers Award, Texas Diversity Council (2017); Winning Women Award, Texas Lawyer (2014); Women in Business Award, Dallas Business Journal (2012).

Karen is a long-time NACM member, supporter and educator.

Event Sponsor:  NACM Commercial Services

Course Level: 

CEU: 0.100
CCE: 0.100


 Members: $45.00 Non-Members: $75.00

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Cancellations will be accepted for full refund no later than five working days prior to event — substitute attendees accepted up to day of event.