Should cases be opened as “asset” or “no-asset” cases?
Open all Chapter 7 cases as “no-asset” cases, and open all Chapter 13 cases as “asset” cases.
Must a certificate of service be attached to the statement of intention regarding secured consumer debts?
Yes. See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(2). A certificate of service attached to the statement does not need to be separately docketed.
May the creditor matrix be combined with the petition and schedules?
Yes. The matrix may be filed with the petition and schedules but the matrix must also be uploaded as a separate docket event under “Creditor Maintenance” under the “Bankruptcy” menu.
May the statement of intention regarding secured consumer debts and the attorney disclosure statement be combined with the petition and schedules?
No. The statement of intention and the attorney disclosure statement must each be filed separately.
Must everything I file be signed?
Yes. Insert “/s/” and type the name of the person signing on the signature line or, if the document is scanned to a PDF file, sign it before scanning it.
Does it matter what paper size setting is used in creating PDF files?
Yes. Always use 8.5" x 11" paper size when scanning or converting documents to PDF files. After creating each PDF file, verify that the word processing, conversion, or scanner software created an 8.5" x 11" document.
What do I do if I withdraw a motion (or an application, an objection to claim, or an objection to exemptions) that is scheduled for hearing?
Local Rule 9013-1(e) specifies the following procedure:
First, prepare a new document withdrawing the original document, and file the withdrawing document using the event “Withdrawal Document(s)” under “Other” under the “Bankruptcy” menu.
Second, notify a courtroom deputy clerk of the submission of the withdrawal, so that the hearing may be canceled.
How do I withdraw a document that I have filed incorrectly?
Prepare a new document withdrawing the original document, and file the withdrawing document using the event “Withdrawal Document(s)” under “Other” under the “Bankruptcy” menu.
Should I open and view every PDF file I upload to the court before uploading it?
Yes. As unnecessary as it may seem, you should follow this procedure to assure that the correct document is uploaded.