Open Cases
Important! Complete all bulleted hyperlinks to complete the case opening process. 

bullet point marker Open a BK Case
bullet point marker Upload a Creditor Matrix File
bullet point marker Judge, Trustee Assignment
bullet point marker File Chapter 13 Plan, if applicable

 

bullet point marker Case Upload
bullet point marker Judge, Trustee Assignment

 

bullet point marker Open an AP Case
bullet point marker Summons Issued

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Open a BK Case
~Note: It is important to complete all steps in this procedure.

Instructions: 

  1. Select Bankruptcy
  2. Select Open a BK Case
  3. Case Number screen:
    1. Select appropriate chapter,7, 11, 12, 13, etc.
    2. Select "yes" if joint petition (joint debtor).


    3. Search for a Party screen:
      1. Enter social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for debtor name in the ECF database.
      2. Party search results:
        bullet point marker If debtor name appears, select the name from the list and verify 
        debtor information (pop up window). ~Note: If debtor is barred from filingSTOP opening the case. 
        bullet point marker If debtor information is the same,  click on "Select name from list" button.
        bullet point marker If debtor name does not appear, click on "Create new party."

    4. Party Information screen:
      This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.
      1. Complete/Update all appropriate fields for the debtor.
        bullet point marker Include mailing address.
        bullet point marker Indicate County.
        bullet point marker Select Role for debtor (db:pty)
      2. Select the "Alias" button if debtor has alias.
        bullet point marker Complete all appropriate fields for alias(es).
        bullet point marker Select appropriate Role for alias(es) (aka, dba, fdba, fda).
      3. Review alias(es) once more by clicking on the "Review" button.
        bullet point marker If the alias is incorrect, uncheck the alias(es) and repeat 5b. 
        When done, click on "Return to Party screen" button.
      4. Review debtor information once more before submission. 

      ~Note: Repeat steps 5 a-d for Joint Debtor (jtdb.pty), if applicable. If Joint Debtor's address is different from Debtor, uncheck "Copy previous party's address. 

    5. Statistical Information screen:
      1. Select "Type of Debtor", such individual, corporation, etc.
      2. Select "Paid" or "Installment" for Fee Status.
        If selecting Installment you must also file an Application to Pay Installments.
      3. Select "consumer" or "business" for Nature of debt.(Chapter 12 and 9 must select "business".)
      4. Select "" "Voluntary" or "InVoluntary".
      5. Accept "Original" as default for origin.
        Date Split/Transfer must be left blank.
      6. Select "yes" for Asset Notice, ONLY if case is a Chapter 11, 12 or 13.
      7. Select the appropriate Estimated number of creditors, assets and debts for the case.

    6. Browse, verify and attach the Voluntary Petition (pdf file.)

    7. In a Chapter 7 Case Select "yes" "no" or Unknown" concerning Presumption of Abuse Verifyfiling fee amount.
    8. Modify text, if applicable.

    9. Warning!! Verify filing entry is correct before submitting the "Final Docket Text."

    10. Summary of Charges Screen Pops UP: You have the option to
      "Pay now" or "Continue Filing"(if you have more cases).

    11. Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.

    12. Upload a Creditor Matrix File.

    13. Assign the Judge, Trustee and 341 Meeting.

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    Case UpLoad
    ~Note: It is important to complete all steps in this procedure.

    Instructions: 

    NOTE: If you are filing an Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments,
       DO NOT use Case Upload. Use MUST use Open BK to file the case.

    1. Select Bankruptcy.
    2. Select Case UpLoad.
    3. Browse, verify and attach the debtor information (.txt file).
    4. Browse, verify and attach the Voluntary Petition (.pdf file.)
    5. Browse, verify and attach the list of creditors with mailing addresses (.txt file.)
    6. Browse, verify and attach the plan (.pdf file.), if applicable.
    7. Click "Next".
    8. Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.
    9. Continue with Judge, Trustee Assignment procedure.

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    Open an AP Case
    ~Note: It is important to complete all steps in this procedure.
    Important! Related bankruptcy case number must be verified before opening adversary case. 

    Instructions: 

    1. Select Adversary.
    2. Select Open an AP Case.
    3. If Complaint; select "y". If Notice of Removal; select "n".Click Next.
  4. Add Associated Cases screen:
    1. Enter lead bankruptcy case number.
    2. Bypass the "Association type" field.

  5. Search for a Party screen:
    1. Enter social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for plaintiff name in the ECF database.
    2. Party search results:
      bullet point marker If plaintiff's name appears, select the name from the list and verify Plaintiff information. 
      bullet point marker If plaintiff's information is the same (pop up window), click on "Select name from list" button.
      bullet point marker If Plaintiff name does not appear, click on "Create new party."

  6. Party Information screen:
    This screen appears for selected name or creating new party. 
    1. Address is not necessary for the plaintiff when opening an adversary case.
      bullet point marker Select Role for plaintiff (pla:pty)
    2.  Select the "Attorney" button.
      Very Important! It is important that you ADD the plaintiff's attorney.
      Important! It is important that you DO NOT add the defendant's attorney at this time. When the defendant answers, the defendant's attorney information will then be added.
      bullet point marker Search for plaintiff's attorney by entering Bar ID number or last name (upper and lower case.) 
      bullet point marker Select the attorney name from the list.
      bullet point marker Verify attorney information and click on the  "Add attorney" button.
    3. Select the "Alias" button if debtor has alias.
      bullet point marker Complete all appropriate fields for alias(es).
      bullet point marker Select appropriate Role for alias(es) (aka, dba, fdba, fda).
    4. Review alias(es) once more by clicking on the "Review" button.
      bullet point marker If the alias is incorrect, uncheck the alias(es) and repeat 5c. When done, click on "Return to Party screen" button.
    5. Review plaintiff's information once more before submission. 
    6. ~Note: Continue to add all plaintiffs, then add defendants. 
    7. Repeat steps 5 a-e for Defendant (dft:pty).
      bullet point marker ~Note: Continue to add all defendants.

  7. Click on "End party selection" button, when all parties are entered.

  8. Open Adversary Case (statistical) screen:
    1. Select appropriate Party Code.
    2. Select appropriate Nature of Suit. 
      ~Note: If your filing consists of "424 (Obj/Revocation Discharge 727)", make this your main suit. Additional Nature of Suit(s) shall be entered in Docket Text.
    3. Bypass the "Origin" field.
    4. Bypass the "Transfer date" field.
    5. Select "yes" if filing refers for a class action.
    6. Select "plaintiff" if filing requests a jury demand.
    7. Enter amount for demand (i.e., 5 = 5000.)

  9. Browse, verify and attach the B104 Adversary Cover and Complaint (pdf file.)
    bullet point marker Attach supporting documents, if applicable.

  10. Open Adversary Case (fee) screen:
    1. Enter Additional "Nature of Suit", if applicable(ie 454, To Recover Money or Property)
    2. Verify filing fee amount.(If Plaintiff is debtor(s): Enter 0.00 for amount)

  11. Modify text, if applicable.

  12. Warning!! Verify filing entry is correct before submitting the "Final Docket Text."

  13. Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.

  14. Summons: The court will issue an automated Summons
    and a hyperlink to the issued Summons will be created within the Summons Issued entry.
  15. Certificate of Service: The court's web site has a PDF fillable Certificate of Service
    form that you may download and use upon service of Summons.

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