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Rule 1002-1. Petition - General (Place of Filing)
(a) CHAPTER 7 AND 13 CASES. A petition commencing a chapter 7 or 13 case shall be filed in the division listed below for the county designated in the petition as the county for the debtor's mailing address. If two cities are listed for a county, the petition may be filed in either division. The clerk may permit or direct the filing of a petition in a particular division if the debtor has an interest in property in several counties or is an affiliate of a debtor in a pending case, or for other good cause. The repeated filing of petitions in incorrect divisional offices will be referred to the judge assigned to an incorrectly filed petition and may result in the issuance of an order to show cause or sanctions.
County - Division Where Petition Is To Be Filed:
|Aitkin - Duluth||Isanti - Minneapolis||Pipestone - St. Paul|
|Anoka - Minneapolis||Itasca - Duluth||Polk - Fergus Falls|
|Becker - Fergus Falls||Jackson - St Paul||Pope- Fergus Falls|
|Beltrami - Fergus Falls||Kanabec - Duluth||Ramsey - St Paul|
|Benton - Duluth||Kandiyohi - Minneapolis||Red Lake - Fergus Falls|
|Big Stone - Fergus Falls||Kittson - Fergus Falls||Redwood - St Paul|
|Blue Earth - St Paul||Koochiching - Duluth||Renville - Minneapolis|
|Brown - St Paul||Lac Qui Parle - St Paul||Rice - St Paul|
|Carlton - Duluth||Lake - Duluth||Rock - St Paul|
|Carver - Minneapolis||Lake of The Woods - Fergus Falls||Roseau - Fergus Falls|
|Cass - Duluth||LeSueur - St Paul||St Louis - Duluth|
|Chippewa - Minneapolis||Lincoln - St Paul||Scott - St Paul|
|Chisago - St Paul||Lyon - St Paul||Sherburne - Minneapolis|
|Clay - Fergus Falls||Mahnomen - Fergus Falls||Sibley - St Paul|
|Clearwater - Fergus Falls||Marshall - Fergus Falls||Stearns - Fergus Falls|
|Cook - Duluth||Martin - St Paul||Steele - St Paul|
|Cottonwood - St Paul||McLeod - Minneapolis||Stevens - Fergus Falls|
|Crow Wing - Duluth||Meeker - Minneapolis||Swift - Minneapolis|
|Dakota - St Paul||Mille Lacs - Duluth||Todd - Fergus Falls|
|Dodge - St Paul||Morrison - Duluth||Traverse - Fergus Falls|
|Douglas - Fergus Falls||Mower - St Paul||Wabasha - St Paul|
|Faribault - St Paul||Murray - St Paul||Wadena - Fergus Falls|
|Fillmore - St Paul||Nicollet - St Paul||Waseca - St Paul|
|Freeborn - St Paul||Nobles - St Paul||Washington - St Paul|
|Goodhue - St Paul||Norman - Fergus Falls||Watonwan - St Paul|
|Grant - Fergus Falls||Otter Tail - Fergus Falls||Wilkin - Fergus Falls|
|Hennepin - Minneapolis||Olmsted - St Paul||Winona - St Paul|
|Houston - St Paul||Pennington - Fergus Falls||Wright - Minneapolis|
|Hubbard - Fergus Falls||Pine - Duluth||Yellow Medicine - St Paul|
(b) CHAPTER 11 AND 12 CASES. A petition commencing a chapter 11 or 12 case may be filed in any division of the clerk but will not be assigned to a judge or given a case number until after processing. After it is assigned to a judge under Local Rule 1073-1, the case shall be assigned to the appropriate division.
Rule 1005-1. Petition - Caption
If the debtor is an individual, the petition shall state the debtor's full name (including nickname, if any), without further variations based solely on initials or deletions, and other clearly different names if any (such as an alias, trade name or former name) used by the debtor within eight years before filing the petition. If applicable, the petition shall also include the identification of possible liability as a surety for another entity.
Rule 1006-1. Filing Fees
(a) PAYABLE UPON COMMENCEMENT OF A CASE. Fees payable upon the commencement of a case shall be paid with cash, a money order, a cashier's check, a credit card of a law firm or of an attorney representing a client other than him - or herself and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota or treated as if so admitted under Local Rule 9010-3(c), or funds drawn on the account of any such attorney.
(b) INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS. If an individual applies for permission to pay such fees in installments, the individual shall pay one half of the filing fees at the time of filing the petition. If the court grants the application, the balance shall be paid within 30 days thereafter. If one half of the filing fee is not paid at the time of filing the petition, it shall be paid within 7 days thereafter. If the initial one half of the filing fee is not paid within 7 days or the balance is not paid within 30 days, or such later times as the court may fix by order entered prior to the expiration of the original deadline, an order dismissing the case will be entered immediately, without hearing and without further notice.
(c) DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO PAY. If the filing fee required by subsection (a) of this rule or any installment payment required by subsection (b) of this rule is not paid as directed, or at such later times as the court may fix by order entered prior to the expiration of the original deadline, an order dismissing the case will be entered immediately, without hearing and without further notice.
Rule 1007-1. Lists, Schedules, and Statements
(a) STATEMENT OF COMPENSATION. . The statement of compensation shall conform substantially to Local Form 1007-1.
(b) SCHEDULE C: PROPERTY CLAIMED AS EXEMPT. The description of property in schedule C shall specifically identify the property, including the legal description if the property is real estate, for which exemption is claimed. This requirement shall not apply to clothing or household goods the value of which does not exceed $200 for any particular item.
(c) CERTIFICATE OF DEBTOR EDUCATION. Unless an approved provider of a course on personal financial management has filed the Certificate of Debtor Education, the debtor shall file the Certificate with the court within the time limits prescribed in Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(c). The debtor need not file Official Form 423 with the Certificate.
RULE 1007-I.1 LISTS, SCHEDULES, STATEMENTS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS; TIME LIMITS; EXPIRATION OF TEMPORARY MEANS TESTING EXCLUSION
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(b) SCHEDULES, STATEMENTS, AND OTHER DOCUMENTS REQUIRED.
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(4) Unless either: (A) § 707(b)(2)(D)(i) applies, or (B) § 707(b)(2)(D)(ii) applies and the exclusion from means testing granted therein extends beyond the period specified by Rule 1017(e), an individual debtor in a chapter 7 case shall file a statement of current monthly income prepared as prescribed by the appropriate Official Form, and, if the current monthly income exceeds the median family income for the applicable state and household size, the information, including calculations, required by § 707(b), prepared as prescribed by the appropriate Official Form.
(c) TIME LIMITS. In a voluntary case, the schedules, statements, and other documents required by subdivision (b)(1), (4), (5), and (6) shall be filed with the petition or within 14 days thereafter, except as otherwise provided in subdivisions (d), (e), (f), (h), and (n) of this rule. In an involuntary case, the schedules, statements, and other documents required by subdivision (b)(1) shall be filed by the debtor within 14 days after the entry of the order for relief. In a voluntary case, the documents required by paragraphs (A), (C), and (D) of subdivision (b)(3) shall be filed with the petition. Unless the court orders otherwise, a debtor who has filed a statement under subdivision (b)(3)(B), shall file the documents required by subdivision (b)(3)(A) within 14 days of the order for relief. In a chapter 7 case, the debtor shall file the statement required by subdivision (b)(7) within 60 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors under § 341 of the Code, and in a chapter 11 or 13 case no later than the date when the last payment was made by the debtor as required by the plan or the filing of a motion for a discharge under § 1141(d)(5)(B) or § 1328(b) of the Code. The court may, at any time and in its discretion, enlarge the time to file the statement required by subdivision (b)(7). The debtor shall file the statement required by subdivision (b)(8) no earlier than the date of the last payment made under the plan or the date of the filing of a motion for a discharge under §§ 1141(d)(5)(B), 1228(b), or 1328(b) of the Code. Lists, schedules, statements, and other documents filed prior to the conversion of a case to another chapter shall be deemed filed in the converted case unless the court directs otherwise. Except as provided in § 1116(3), any extension of time to file schedules, statements, and other documents required under this rule may be granted only on motion for cause shown and on notice to the United States trustee, any committee elected under § 705 or appointed under § 1102 of the Code, trustee, examiner, or other party as the court may direct. Notice of an extension shall be given to the United States trustee and to any committee, trustee, or other party as the court may direct.
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(n) TIME LIMITS FOR, AND NOTICE TO, DEBTORS TEMPORARILY EXCLUDED FROM MEANS TESTING.
(1) An individual debtor who is temporarily excluded from means testing pursuant to § 707(b)(2)(D)(ii) of the Code shall file any statement and calculations required by subdivision (b)(4) no later than14 days after the expiration of the temporary exclusion if the expiration occurs within the time specified by Rule 1017(e) for filing a motion pursuant to § 707(b)(2).
(2) If the temporary exclusion from means testing under § 707(b)(2)(D)(ii) terminates due to the circumstances specified in subdivision (n)(1), and if the debtor has not previously filed a statement and calculations required by subdivision (b)(4), the clerk shall promptly notify the debtor that the required statement and calculations must be filed within the time specified in subdivision (n)(1).
1Interim Rule 1007-I has been adopted by the bankruptcy courts to implement the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008, Public Law No. 110-438, as amended by Public Law No. 116-53. The amended Act, which provides a temporary exclusion from the application of the means test for certain members of the National Guard and reserve components of the Armed Forces, applies to bankruptcy cases commenced in the 15-year period beginning December 19, 2008.
Rule 1007-2. Mailing - List or Matrix
(a) MATRIX. The debtor shall file with the petition a list of creditors containing the names and addresses of the debtor, the debtor's attorney and all creditors in matrix form in accordance with the clerk's instructions.
(b) EQUITY SECURITY HOLDERS IN CHAPTER 11 CASES. Unless ordered otherwise, if there are more than 100 equity security holders in a chapter 11 case, the debtor shall not file a list of the debtor's equity security holders; otherwise the debtor shall file a list and supplemental matrix containing the names and addresses of the debtor's equity security holders.
(c) HEALTH CARE REGULATORS.
(1) If a petition in a case under chapter 7, chapter 9, or chapter 11 states that the debtor is a health care business, the debtor shall file, within 14 days of the filing of the petition, a list and supplemental matrix containing the names and addresses of all entities that issue licenses to or regulate the debtor or the debtor’s principal.
(2) If the court determines that the debtor is a health care business, such list and supplemental matrix shall be filed within 14 days of the date of entry of the court’s order.
Rule 1007-3. Statement of Business Income
In any chapter 13 case in which either debtor derives gross income of more than $200.00 per month from self employment or from a corporation as defined by 11 U. S. C. § 101 (9) in which the debtor is sole owner, the debtor shall file a separate statement of business income and expenses, in addition to the petition, schedules and statements required by Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1009 and these rules. The statement of business income shall conform substantially to Local Form 1007-3.
Rule 1007-3-1. Notice of Responsibilities of Chapter 7 and 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys
In any chapter 7 or chapter 13 case in which the debtor is represented by an attorney, the debtor shall file with the petition a Notice of Responsibilities, including a scanned image of the signature page signed by the attorney and the debtor(s). The Notice of Responsibilities shall conform to Local Form 1007-3-1(7) in chapter 7 cases and Local Form 1007-3-1(13) in chapter 13 cases.
Rule 1007-4. Failure to File Documents
(a) DISMISSAL. In a chapter 7 or 13 case, if any required exhibit, attachment, schedule, statement or list is not timely filed and no extension of time has been granted, the court may enter an order dismissing the case. In a chapter 11 or 12 case, if any required exhibit, attachment, schedule, statement or list is not timely filed, and no extension of time has been granted, the court will order a hearing to determine whether the case should be dismissed and sanctions imposed, and the clerk shall give notice of the order to all known creditors and other parties in interest.
(b) EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE DOCUMENTS. Notice of an application for an order to extend the time for filing such documents shall be given to the trustee and the United States Trustee.
Rule 1008-1. Documents Accompanying Petition
(c) PROOF OF AUTHORITY. If the debtor is not an individual, the debtor shall attach to the petition a proof of authority to sign and file the petition conforming substantially to Local Form 1008-1.
Rule 1009-1. Amendments to Voluntary Petitions, Lists, Schedules and Statements
(a) DEBTOR'S IDENTIFICATION. At any time before the notice of the meeting of creditors has been transmitted, the clerk may direct the debtor to file an amendment to the petition on a form prescribed by the clerk so as to correct any clerical mistakes in the debtor's name, address, or identification number. If the debtor fails to comply, the clerk shall determine the title of the case. If such amendment to the petition is filed after the notice of the meeting of creditors has been transmitted, the clerk shall change the title of the case, including making any corrections to the debtor's name or social security number. If the debtor is represented by an attorney, the debtor shall provide a notice of corrected case title to all creditors; the clerk shall give notice if the debtor is pro se.
(b) FORM, FILING AND NOTICE.
(1) All amendments. Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this rule, all amendments to petitions, exhibits, attachments, schedules, statements and lists must be made by filing a new petition, exhibit, attachment, schedule, statement or list that is identified as amended. The debtor must clearly identify all changes made in any amendments by underlining all additions and lining out all deletions, or by submitting with the amended documents Local Form 1009-1, containing a complete list of all changes reflected on the amended documents when compared with the original or the most recent amendments. All amendments must be verified by the debtor and transmitted to the trustee and the United States Trustee. A copy of any amended statement of intention must also be transmitted to each affected creditor. A matrix may not be amended under this rule.
(2) Additional requirements for Schedule A/B. To amend Schedule A/B, the debtor must file verified Schedule A/B (Official Form 106A/B or 206 A/B) and the Summary of assets and liabilities and certain statistical information (Official Form 106Sum or 206Sum) with the "amended" checkboxes checked. The debtor must transmit these documents to each entity that has filed a request for notice or notice of appearance under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 2002(i) or 9010(b).
(3) Additional requirements for Schedule C. To amend Schedule C, the debtor must file verified Schedule C (Official Form 106C) and the Summary of assets and liabilities and certain statistical information (Official Form 106Sum) with the "amended" checkboxes checked. The debtor must transmit these documents to each entity listed in the mailing matrix in the court's Electronic Case Filing System. If the debtor fails to file a verification or to provide proof of transmittal of an amended Schedule C and Summary of assets and liabilities on each entity entitled to such notice under this rule, the court shall issue an order providing that the debtor's amended claim of exemption will have no effect until the debtor has complied with the verification and transmittal requirements of this rule and filed proof of such compliance with the clerk. The clerk shall not issue a Certificate Regarding Property Claimed as Exempt until the debtor has complied with the verification and transmittal requirements of the rule and the applicable period for objection has expired.
(4) Additional requirements for Schedules D and E/F. To amend Schedule D or E/F, the debtor must file verified Schedule D (Official Form 106D or 206D) or Schedule E/F (Official Form 106E/F or 206E/F) or both, together with the Summary of assets and liabilities and certain statistical information (Official Form 106Sum or 206Sum) with the amended checkboxes checked, and must add the names and addresses of any new or corrected creditors to the matrix. The debtor must transmit notice of the case to each new or corrected creditor listed in any amendment to Schedule D or E/F and must file proof of such transmittal.
Rule 1010-1. Involuntary Cases
(b) SERVICE. If the petitioners serve the summons and petition on the debtor by mail, the petitioners shall disclose to the court if the mailed copies were not delivered and returned by the post office by filing an affidavit to such effect.
Rule 1014-1. Transfer of Cases
When a case is transferred to this district, the case shall be filed with the appropriate clerk's office according to the current address or property location of the debtor or chapter of the case or as directed by the clerk. The clerk shall give notice of the transfer to the debtor, all creditors and other parties in interest.
Rule 1015-1. Joint Administration/Consolidation
Unless ordered otherwise, the estates of the debtors in a joint case filed under §302 of the Code are consolidated for all purposes and shall be jointly administered.
Rule 1017-2. Dismissal or Conversion of Cases
(a) MOTION TO DISMISS OR CONVERT. Except as provided in Local Rules 1017-2(b) and 1019-1, a request for dismissal or conversion of a case shall be made by motion. A motion to dismiss or a motion to convert a case shall be deemed a motion either to dismiss or to convert, whichever is in the best interest of creditors and the estate. In a chapter 7, 11 or 12 case, Local Rules 2002-1 and 2002-4(a) govern preparation and transmission of the notice to creditors.
(b) APPLICATION TO DISMISS OR CONVERT. If a chapter 12 or 13 case was not converted previously, the debtor shall serve any application for dismissal on the trustee and United States Trustee.
Rule 1019-1. Conversion of Cases and Post-Conversion Requirements
(a) CONVERSION TO CHAPTER 7.
(1) From Chapter 12 or 13. The debtor may convert a chapter 12 or 13 case to a chapter 7 case at any time by filing a verified conversion adapted from Local Form 1019-1. The conversion shall be accompanied by the exhibits, attachments, schedules, statements and lists appropriate for a chapter 7 case, including, if applicable, the chapter 7 statement of your current monthly income (Official Form 122A-1) and chapter 7 means test calculation (Official Form 122A-2), and statement of intention. The schedules shall list all property of the estate as of the date of the petition that remains in the possession of or is under the control of the debtor on the date of conversion.
(2) From Chapter 11. If conversion is allowed under §1112(a) of the Code, the debtor may convert a chapter 11 case to a chapter 7 case by filing a verified conversion adapted from Local Form 1019-1. If the debtor is not an individual, proof of authority to sign and file the conversion shall be attached to the conversion. Within 14 days after the filing of the conversion, the debtor shall file a final report and account on the form prescribed by the clerk and a matrix for mailing purposes providing the names and addresses of any new unpaid creditors.
(b) CONVERSION TO CHAPTER 11 FROM CHAPTER 7. If conversion is allowed under §706(a) of the Code, the debtor may convert a chapter 7 case to a chapter 11 case by filing a verified conversion adapted from Local Form 1019-1. If the debtor is not an individual, proof of authority to sign and file the conversion shall be attached to the conversion. The list of creditors in matrix form, summary of business, proof of authority to file and list of creditors with the twenty largest unsecured claims (Official Form 104 or 204) shall be filed within two days after the conversion. All other documents shall be filed within 14 days after the conversion, unless filed before the case was converted or the court orders otherwise.
(c) CONVERSION TO CHAPTER 12 OR 13 FROM CHAPTER 7. If conversion is allowed under §706(a) of the Code, the debtor may convert a chapter 7 case to a chapter 12 or 13 case by filing a verified conversion adapted from Local Form 1019-1. The conversion shall be accompanied by the exhibits, attachments, schedules, statements and lists appropriate for a chapter 12 or 13 case.
Rule 1070-1. Reference
All bankruptcy cases and proceedings, including any claim or cause of action that is removed under 28 U.S.C. §1452 or Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9027, are referred to the bankruptcy judges and shall be assigned among them according to orders made by them. The bankruptcy judges are specially designated to conduct jury trials pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §157(e).
NOTE: This rule is promulgated by the district court.
Rule 1073-1. Assignment of Cases
Each case shall be assigned to a judge by random allocation as determined by order of the judges. Unless otherwise ordered, the judge assigned to the case shall thereafter hear all matters and preside at all times in the case. All adversary proceedings arising in or related to the case shall be assigned to the same judge.