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Local Rules

Revised 12/2015


RULE 1002-1: Petition - General

Returned File-Stamped Copy

If the filer requests the return of a file-stamped copy of a document, the filer must include with the filing the additional copy together with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the copy.

RULE 1007-1-2: Information Included on Petitions, Schedules, and Creditor Lists

In addition to complying with all other prescribed rules and forms,

  1. All voluntary petitions shall state the debtor's tax identification number or social security number with all but the last four (4) digits of the number redacted. The petition shall also include the debtor’s usual mailing address, including street and number, or post office box number, and zip code;
  2. All creditor lists shall include the creditors' usual mailing addresses, including streets and numbers, or post office box numbers and zip codes;
  3. Form 106D or 206D (Schedule D: Creditors Who Have Claims Secured by Property) shall include information describing the perfection of all security interests; such information shall include, if appropriate, date and place of recording, and document number.

RULE 1007-2: Mailing - List or Matrix

All voluntary petitions for relief under any chapter of the Bankruptcy Code shall be accompanied by a mailing matrix prepared on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper listing the creditors in a single column in the center of the page using Arial, Times New Roman, or Courier in size 10 typeface at a minimum as in the following example.


First National Bank
of Beaumont
P.O. Box 3391
Beaumont, TX 77704

George S. Bus Export Inc. 1400 Exchange Building Buffalo, NY 10984

Hansberry's Appliance Parts Division
400 9th Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109

RULE 1019-1: Conversion - Procedure Following

Upon the conversion of a case under Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 to Chapter 7, the debtor shall file with the Court an original of the schedules of assets and liabilities and a statement of financial affairs essentially conforming to Offical Form 101 Voluntary Petition for Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy or 201 Voluntary Petition for Non-Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy, reflecting the condition of the debtor as of the date of conversion. These schedules shall be filed within fourteen (14) days of the order converting from a Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 to a chapter 7 proceeding.

This will also include the following as appropriate: 101A Initial Statement About an Eviction Judgment Against You; 101B Statement About Payment of an Eviction Judgment Against You Form 201A Attachment to Voluntary Petition for Non-Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy Under Chapter 11; Exhibit C Forms 101 and 201 Hazardous Property or Property That Needs Immediate Attention -- incorporated in Forms 101 and 201; and Exhibit D Form 101 Individual Debtor’s Statement of Compliance with Credit Counseling Requirement – Incorporated in Form 101.

These schedules shall be filed within fourteen (14) days of the order converting from a Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7 proceeding.


RULE 4004-1: Discharge Hearings

No discharge hearing will be scheduled unless the debtor has entered into a reaffirmation agreement of the kind specified in Bankruptcy Code 524(c) and requests a hearing in accordance with 524(d).

RULE 4008-1: Reaffirmation

As to any reaffirmation agreement which may be filed with the Court, the requirement of a hearing as set forth in 524(d) shall be deemed waived unless a party to the agreement specifically requests a hearing or the debtor has filed pro se, in which case a hearing will be scheduled in accordance with 524(c)(6)(A). The hearing must be requested when the agreement is filed with the Court and shall be held within sixty (60) days.


RULE 7004-1 Service of Process

Registration with the Court for participation in the electronic filing system constitutes (i) consent to electronic service, except with regard to service of a summons and complaint under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7004 and (ii) waiver of the right to receive notice by first class mail.  Waiver of service and notice by first class mail applies to notice of an entry of an order or judgment under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9022.