Case Opening

Open Voluntary Bankruptcy Case

 

Step 1.     Select Bankruptcy.

Step 2.     Select Open Voluntary BK Case.

Step 3.     Select the appropriate Chapter. Select either "Yes" or "No" for Joint Petition.  Select "No" for Deficiencies. Click Next.  

Step 4.     Enter the social security number or last name of the debtor in the appropriate field.  Click Search.  Note:  Please use proper capitalization and punctuation.

                Party Search Results: 
                a)  If the debtor's name appears in the Party Search Results box, click on that name in the box.  
                b)  View the pop-up window containing the debtor's address. 
                c)  Ensure the name and address match exactly to the debtor's current name and physical address.  If the name and address match exactly,
                     click the Select name from list button.  If the Party name does not appear  (No person found), click Create New Party.

Step 5.     Enter any appropriate data into the Debtor Information screen.

Step 6.     Add any aliases and/or corporate parent/affiliate  by clicking on the Alias and/or Corporate Parent/Affiliate button. 

Step 7.     Ensure all the debtor information is correct.  Select Submit.

Step 8.     Verify the divisional office is correct based on the physical address of the debtor.  Click Next.

Step 9.     Select the appropriate case data on the "Open New Bankruptcy Case" screen.  Click Next.

Step 10.   Complete the Summary of Schedules screen(s).  Click Next

Step 11.   Browse, verify and attach the document (PDF file).  Click the "Yes" radio button if uploading attachment(s).  Click Next. 
                 If there are no attachments, skip to Step 13.

Step 12.   Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 13.   Select "Yes" or "No" to whether a presumption of abuse arises.  Click Next.

Step 14.   View the fee screen.   Read the fee instructions and proceed as appropriate regarding fee amounts.  Click Next.

Step 15.   Click Next on the "Open New Bankruptcy Case" screen.

Step 16.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction.  You will have no further opportunity to modify the submission if
                 you continue, click Next.

Open Involuntary Bankruptcy Case

 

Step 1.     Select Bankruptcy.

Step 2.     Select Open Involuntary BK Case.

Step 3.     Select the appropriate case Chapter.  Click Next.

Step 4.     Enter the social security number or last name of the debtor in the appropriate field.  Click Search.  Note:  Please use proper capitalization and punctuation.  

                NOTE: Party Search Results:  
                a)  If the Party Filer name appears in the Party Search Results box, click on the filer name in the box.    
                b)  View the pop-up window containing the debtor's address.
                c)  Ensure the name and address match exactly to the debtor's current name and physical address.  If the name and address match exactly,
                     click the Select name from list button.  If the party name and address does not match or the party name does not appear, (No person found), click the
                     Create new Party button.

Step 5.     Enter any appropriate data into the Debtor Information screen.

Step 6.     Add any aliases,and/or corporate parent/affiliate by clicking on the Alias and/or Corporate Parent/Affiliate button. 

Step 7.     Search for the petitioning creditor using the same process as Step 4.  

Step 8.     Check the box next to "The user opening the case is the filing attorney for this party" on the Petitioning Creditor Information screen if you are the filing attorney
                 opening the case.

Step 9.     Add the attorney, alias and/or corporate parents, if any.  Click Submit. Once all petitioning creditors are added, click End Petitioning Creditor Selection.

Step 10.   Verify the divisional office is correct based on the Debtor's physical address.  Click Next.

Step 11.   Select the Nature of Debt, Type of Debtor and Nature of Business.  Click Next.

Step 12.   Browse, verify, and attach the document (PDF file).  Click the "yes" radio button if uploading attachment(s).  Click Next.  If there are no attachments, skip
                 to Step 14.

Step 13.   Attach supporting documents, if applicable.  Click Next.

Step 14.   Verify the filing fee.  Click Next.

Step 15.   The "Open Involuntary BK Case" screen appears. Click Next.

Step 16.   Confirm data on final docket text screen.  Submitting this screen commits the transaction .  You will have no further opportunity to modify the submission if you
                 continue.  Click Next.

Case Upload

 

Step 1.     Select Bankruptcy.

Step 2.     Select Case Upload*.

Step 3.     Browse, verify, and attach the Debtor Information under Case Information (.TXT file). Note:  The complete social security number must be included in the .TXT file.

Step 4.     Browse, verify, and attach the Petition ( PDF file).  Note:  The redacted social security number must appear on the PDF file.

Step 5.     Browse, verify, and attach the Creditor Matrix (.TXT file).  Note:  Ensure that the creditors display their mailing address.

Step 6.     Browse, verify, and attach the Chapter 13 Plan file ( PDF file) if filing a Chapter 13 case.

Step 7.     Browse, verify, and attach the Certificate of Credit Counseling file ( PDF file).   Click Next.

Step 8.     View Fee.  Click Next.

For technical questions regarding case upload, see our FAQ section.   *NOTE:  Case Upload is not available for Chapter 12 filings.  Please use the Bankruptcy >Open Voluntary BK Case event.