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FAQs

  • How is the requirement of an original signature (attorney and/or debtor) handled for CM/ECF cases?

    There are two distinct issues: attorney signatures and debtor signatures. By registering to use the system, attorneys agree that use of their login name and password (whether by themselves personally or by delegation to another person in their office) constitutes their signature on the documents electronically filed. For documents that must be signed by the debtor (such as petitions, lists, schedules, statements, etc.), originally executed paper copies must be kept by the debtor's attorney for three years after the closing of the case. The electronically filed documents indicate a signature, e.g., /s/Jane Doe. For more information on this topic, see the Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, Retaining, and Verification of Pleadings and Papers in the Case Management/ Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) System.

  • My email address has changed. How do I change it in the system?

    Primary email address changes are made through PACER.  Go to www.pacer.uscourts.gov, select Manage My Account.  After logging in, changes are made under the Maintenance tab.  The update is sent electronically to the court for processing.

  • Why must attorneys submit the Chapter 13 Plan as a separate event?

    The Chapter 13 Plan must be submitted separately in order for a confirmation hearing date to be listed on the 341 notice. The Court also mails the Chapter 13 Plan to all parties in the case through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC).

  • Are signatures required on claims filed?

    No, the electronic signature "/s/Jane Doe" will constitute the filing signature.

  • Why must attorneys submit the B121 Form-Statement of Social Security Number as a separate event?

    To comply with FRBP Rule 1007(f), the debtor(s) must submit Form B121 stating under penalty of perjury their full social security numbers. This form is for Court use only and cannot be viewed by the public. The Court requires that this form be printed, signed by the debtor(s), scanned as a PDF file, and associated with the "Private" entry "Social Security-Form B121."

  • What does "hwi" and "wwi" indicate when adding alias information?

    hwi: Husband with interest; wwi: Wife with interest.

  • What information should be entered in the "Party Text" field on the create a party screen?

    Party Text should contain additional information about the party and appears on the Docket Report both internally and externally. Example: Alabama Land and Title, Party Text: an Alabama Corporation.

  • When opening a new petition and discovering that the debtor's name is spelled incorrectly, can the BACK button be used to correct the spelling?

    The BACK button cannot be used to correct the debtor's party record. A corrective entry is required to notify the Court of the needed change.

  • When will the claim appear on the claims register?

    The claim will appear on the claims register immediately upon submission of the claim.

  • I filed a claim and my attachments did not properly attach to the claim filed. How do I get the supporting documentation filed?

    a) Insure that the attachments are in PDF format.
    b) Confirm that each PDF document is no larger than 35 MB.
    c) File an amended claim and attach the correct PDF documents.

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