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Testing details for attorney for debtor 

File a complete voluntary petition, including all required documents and fee, which might include up to six documents. See below for details.

Please become familiar with the bankruptcy software that you purchased before contacting the court.
The court does not use any of the many software products available. Some software providers have a single use option.

Link: Scanning and Filing Instructions

  Below are explanations of the three ways to file a new case. Determine how you will file a new case:
Option A "One-step" filing through your software (Available in some software packages)

Bankruptcy software that files directly to the CM/ECF using a one-step feature does not work in the training database, unless you change the website address to file to the training database and enter in your training password. Contact your software provider for more information.

If you intend to use this option for your filings, then please use this option while testing.

Some documents, such as the credit counseling certificate, must be filed to the Case Commencement events to complete the filing. These should be scanned and converted to PDF format. The payment advices coversheet will also need to be combined with the payment advices and saved as one document using your PDF software. See more information below.
Option B Case Upload allows you to upload the files from your software after logging into CM/ECF.

You may need to contact your software provider for any tips such as where the software stores the files. The software creates the petition in PDF format and should create the debtor.txt (text) and matrix.txt (text) documents needed to file with Case Upload.

Some documents, such as the credit counseling certificate, may need to be scanned and converted to the PDF format. The payment advices coversheet will also need to be combined with the payment advices and saved as one document using your PDF software. See more information below.
Option C Open Voluntary Case is a step-by-step data entry option after logging into CM/ECF.

The software creates the petition in PDF format and should create the matrix.txt (.txt) document or use this option if you do not have software.

Some documents, such as the credit counseling certificate, will need to be scanned and converted to PDF. The payment advices coversheet will also need to be combined with the payment advices and saved as one document using your PDF software.

 

Prepare and file a Chapter 7 individual debtor(s) test case:
1. Petition, Schedules and Statements (in a single PDF file)  
a.       Voluntary petition
b.       Exhibit D
c.       Summary of schedules and statistical summary of certain liabilities
d.       Schedules A-J
e.       Declaration concerning debtor’s schedules
f.        Statement of financial affairs
g.       Chapter 7 individual debtor’s statement of intention
h.       Statement of compensation by attorney for debtor
i.        Chapter 7 Statement of current monthly income and means-test calculation

Filed as a single PDF file.

Do not attach payment advices, certificates of credit counseling, plans or applications to the petition and schedules! These documents must be filed separately.

2.  Certificate of credit counseling
Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 4. Ch 7 Consumer → MNB Certificate of credit counseling
 
3.  Certificate of intent to cure rent and rent deposit (if applicable)
Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 4. Ch 7 Consumer → MNB Certificate of intent to cure rent
 
4.  Income records of Debtor and Payment advices cover sheet form (Link to cover sheet form)
Link: Scanning and Filing Instructions
Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 4. Ch 7 Consumer → MNB Income records of Debtor
Pen in hand signature required by debtor(s).
5.  Creditor matrix - (.txt) document
Location in CM: Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 2. Upload Matrix
 
6.  Signature declaration form (Link to signature declaration form)
Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 4. Ch 7 Consumer → Signature declaration
Scan the signature declaration page with a test signature and convert to PDF. The signature declaration form may be filed using the Attachment option when browsing for the petition or as a separate document.
Pen in hand signature required by debtor(s).
7. Notice of responsibilities of chapter 7 debtors and their attorneys (Link to local forms)
Link: Scanning and Filing Instructions
Location in CM: Bankruptcy Events → 4. Ch 7 Consumer → MNB Notice of responsibilities

Pen in hand signature required by debtor(s) and attorney.

The first 4 pages of the document should not be scanned, only the signature page.

8.  Filing fee   
Pay the filing fee using the training credit card: Visa 4111 1111 1111 1111, expiration date anytime in the future. Follow the prompts and use any 3 digits for the security code.

Pop-up blockers should be turned off in order to see the pay.gov pop-up window. Credit card payments can be made within 48 hours of the filing. If payment is not received, the user will receive an e-mail warning and will be blocked from filing. The user will be able to log into CM/ECF, but no filing options will be available on the Bankruptcy menu. The payment can be paid under the Utilities menu and the Internet Payments Due link. After making the payment, you may need to clear the temporary files from your browser.

Instructions to clear the temporary files in Internet Explorer 8.0
1. Log out of CM/ECF
2. Select Tools and Internet Options from the top of the Internet Explorer window.
3. Click the General tab.
4. Under Browsing History, click the Delete button.
5. Click OK.
6. Log back into CM/ECF
 
The filing should include all documents required for a Chapter 7 filing. After submitting the required documents, run the 3. Judge Assignment found under Case Commencement Events. This routine assigns a judge to the case.

For more detailed training documents, review the BAPCPA Training Documents

For additional information when filing live documents, see the tabs above for Filing Guidance , Debtor Help and Local Rules.
 

Option A. One-step filing

Once you successfully submit your complete case with the additional documents required, the court will issue a live CM/ECF login or will call with more instructions.
See step A, D and E under option C below to file the additional documents required.

Option B. Case Upload

A. Select Case Upload under the New Case Upload menu.

B. Use the Browse button in the Case Information field to locate the debtor text file
created by your bankruptcy software. (Debtor.txt)

C. Use the Browse button in the Petition field to locate the file containing the petition and schedules file created by your bankruptcy software. (Petition.pdf)

D. Use the Browse button in the Creditor Matrix field to locate the creditor text file containing names and addresses of all creditors in the creditor matrix. (Creditor.txt)

E. If you are filing a chapter 13, use the Browse button in the Chapter 13 Plan field to locate the Chapter 13 plan. (Plan.pdf)

F. Use the Browse button in the Certificate of Credit Counseling field to locate the Certificate of Credit Counseling. (CCC.pdf)

G. Use the Browse button in the Signature Declaration field to locate the signature declaration form. (SignDec.pdf)

H. Use the Browse button in the Notice of responsibilities of (ch 13 or ch 7) debtors and their attorneys field to locate the form. (Ntc13.pdf or Ntc7.pdf)

I.
Use the Browse button in the Income records of Debtor (payment advices) field to locate the document. (Advices.pdf)

CaseUpload

Option C. Open Voluntary Case step by step

A.   Log in to CM/ECF and select the Bankruptcy menu.

B.  
Select 1. Open Voluntary Case and follow the screens to enter the debtor(s) information. Browse to attach the PDF file of the petition.

C.   Select 2. Upload Matrix to upload the matrix.

D.  
Select 3. Judge Assignment to run the judge assignment.

E.   Select the menus 4, 5 or 6 as shown below to file the other documents. The following events will be found under those menus:

Signature Declaration,
Certificate of Credit Counseling,
Income Records of Debtor,
Notice of responsibilites,
and Fee Applications.



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