Financial Management Codes

Very helpful electronic filing information for bankruptcy attorneys was provided in the latest issue of Court News.

Please  remember  that  when the Financial Management Course certificate is being filed, the Financial Management Course     –   Debtor event code is to be used for single debtor cases.  The Financial Management Course – Joint Debtor is for cases with two debtors.  When selecting the Financial Management Course – Joint Debtor, CM will ask the user:  “Have you already filed the certificate for the Debtor?” The  user must select “Yes” or “No,” then click “Next” in order to complete the filing.   If only the    joint  debtor’s  certificate is being filed, “No” must be selected.

Credit Counseling

The Central District Bankruptcy Court provides the following CM/ECF tip for bankruptcy lawyers.

Certificate of Credit Counseling

When filing a petition, the Certificate of Credit Counseling must be filed as a separate event code. If the certificate is not filed as a separate event code, it will be flagged as deficient and the case will not be discharged. In a joint petition, two certificates may be filed under one event code. However, the certificates still need to be filed separately from the bankruptcy petition itself.

Amended Schedules

From the Central District Court News.  

For bankruptcy attorneys, the following is excellent guidance on filing with CM/ECF.

Filing Amended Schedules

When filing Amended Schedules D, E and F, select the event code Bankruptcy -> BK- Other– Amendment – Amending Schedules D,E,F for Ch 7, 11 &13 (fee). Please do not include any other schedules; you may attach a creditor list with only the new or amended creditor information. By using this code you will be prompted to pay the $26.00 filing fee. When amending schedules A thru I, please select the Bankruptcy-> BK- Other – Amendment -Amending Schedules D,E,F for Ch 7, 11 & 13 (fee) event code. Next, press and hold the control key and select each of the other schedules to be filed. The system will ask if the schedule is being amended and you must answer “Yes” to the question each time it appears. The question will appear once for each additional schedule being  amended. Using the correct event code will expedite case management and save money and court resources. Failure to file amended schedules properly will result in an assessment of fees.