Before Using eSR
1. Review Before You File for important bankruptcy information.
2. Obtain credit counseling from a court-approved credit counseling agency. (Required by law)
3. Collect all your financial documents before you begin
Prepare a Petition Package Using eSR
1. Go to the eSR system home page to create a user profile, unique login, and password
From the first day you begin working in eSR, you have up to 45 days to complete the petition. If you do not submit your petition to the bankruptcy court for filing within 45 days, whatever you have done will be deleted from the system. If you do not think you will finish within 45 days, please print out a copy of your work for future reference.
2. Answer questions about your property, income and debts.
3. Submit the bankruptcy filing.
NOTE: eSR only allows a one-time submission. Any schedules or statements not completed at the time the eSR package is submitted cannot be completed later using eSR. All subsequent pleadings and amendments to pleadings must be filed in paper via mail or dropped off at the Courthouse in Madison or Eau Claire.
NOTE: After submitting your petition, you will receive an email confirming the electronic receipt of the bankruptcy petition submitted to the Court. Please note that the confirmation email does not constitute filing. Documents must still be provided to the Court before filing commences.
Immediately After Petition Package is Submitted
|NEXT STEPS: Complete Initial Bankruptcy Filing|
120 North Henry Street, Room 340
Madison, WI 53703-2559
|Filing Fee Options||Chapter 7||Chapter 13|
|1||Pay Filing Fee in Full||Cashier’s Check or Money Order ONLY
|2||Pay Filing Fee in Installments||Complete Application:||Monthly payments made over 90 days
||Filing Fee Paid Through the Chapter 13 Plan
|3||Filing Fee Waiver||Complete Application:||U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Determines Eligibility||Not Applicable
|REQUIRED FORMS – Submit Paper Copies||BOTH Chapter 7 & 13|
|Form Name||Description||Links||Examples & Explanations|
|Certificate of Credit Counseling||Proof a Debtor attended Credit Counseling
within the 6 months prior to filing.
|Certificate of Credit Counseling
|Statement of Social Security Number||Full Social Security Number(s) Listed
Statement About Your Social Security Numbers (Form 121)
|Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing||Statement by Petitioner confirming that they intentionally filed the eSR petition.
||Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing||Used to show:
|Employee Income Records/ Pay Advices Cover Sheet||Check boxes indicate whether pay stubs exist or not, and reason for lack of pay stubs. (Self-Employment, Social Security)||Employee Income Records/Pay Advices Cover Sheet||Provide evidence of employment income received in the 60 days prior to filing.
Other evidence of payments received from an employer
|Employee Income Records are not required to open a case; however, they must be provided to the Court with a new case filing.
|PAYMENT PLAN **Chapter 13 ONLY**|
|Chapter 13 Payment Plan||Debtor’s proposed plan to make payments on debt.
Chapter 13 Plan-Local Rule 3015-1
||**REQUIRED in Chapter 13 Cases ONLY**|
|EVICTION JUDGMENTS – OPTIONAL||Chapter 7 or Chapter 13|
|Debtor may complete and file these forms if they rent their residence, and the landlord has an eviction judgment against them, and they wish to stay in the residence more than 30 days after filing the petition.|
Initial Statement About an Eviction Judgment Against You
||Used if an Eviction has been filed against you.||
Initial Statement About an Eviction Judgment Against You (Form 101A)
||You are required to serve a copy of this form on your landlord when you complete the instructions for filing for bankruptcy.|
Statement About Payment of an Eviction Judgment Against You
Certification that Debtor has a legal right to remain in the residence & has paid the delinquent amount owed to the landlord.
Both Forms 101A & 101B must be filed and served on the landlord within 30 days of the Bankruptcy Petition beling filed.
NOTE: A bankruptcy petition is NOT considered “filed” (and does not receive a case number) until all of the above listed documents are received and processed by the court.
NOTE: An automatic stay (injunction) is NOT in effect until a bankruptcy case number is issued by the bankruptcy court.
Next Steps found under After You File