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New rule gives Chapter 13 Debtors credit toward student loan forgiveness

Posted By General
May 06, 2024 Category: Student Loan Forgiveness

New rules become effective July 1, 2024, and are separate from the December 2022 Department of Justice guidance providing a new avenue for student loan discharge in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.  The new rules provide new benefits only to those in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.  To read more about this new rule, click here to be redirected to the

Change to Trustee's Document Delivery Portal

Posted By General
May 02, 2024 Category: General

As of May 6, 2024, the Trustee's Document Delivery Portal has updated. EPIQ sent an email to all Users advising of the need to reset their password.  Dont worry, the same password may be used, but because of the upgrade, the password will need reset.  If you do not see the EPIQ email, please review your Spam/Junk folder.  If you still did not receive an email after viewing all possible folders, please contact EPIQ directly at DeliveryPortalSupport@epiqglobal.com or (888) 374-2713.   Note:  If you have the Trustee's Document Deliver Portal bookmarked on your browser, please remember to update it once the password has been

Trustee's Percentage Fee

Posted By General
September 26, 2023 Category: General

As of October 1, 2023, the adminstrative fee will increase to

New Prime Rate effective July 27, 2023

Posted By General
August 01, 2023 Category: General

Effective July 27, 2023, the new Prime Rate is 8.50%, which means the presumptive rate per Administrative Order 17-02 is now 10.50%. For cases that are confirmed on or after July 27, 2023, and reference Administrative Order 17-02 for personal property secured claims, the rate to use is increased from 10.25% to

Warning: Scammer Alert

Posted By General
June 07, 2022 Category: Scam

A Trustee’s office received a call from a debtor who said he had been communicating with the Trustee through text messaging and that the Trustee advised the Debtor that he was $1,500.00 behind on his case.  The scammer proceeded to tell the Debtor he would need to send $1,500.00 in gift cards. The debtor then used cash to purchase 3 gift cards of $500.00 each, scratched off the gift card sticker and sent pictures of the front and back of the gift cards through text message to the scammers.   The Trustee’s office found out about this when the debtor called to verify that the office had received the $1,500.00 payment.  By that time, the scammers had all the information needed to spend the $1,500.00 for on-line purchases.   The debtor continued to communicate with the scammers (after the Trustee’s office told him not to) and asked them to prove it was the Trustee by giving him names of people who worked in the office.  The scammers dropped some names of attorneys that we think they may have gotten from an internet search for local bankruptcy attorneys.   The phone number given to the debtor is no longer in service - not a surprise.  Additionally, Trustee's believe the same kind of scam could be perpetrated by the scammers pretending to be a mortgage company or servicer and claiming that the mortgage is behind.   Please remember:  the Trustee will never text, call or email a Debtor asking for payments to b

Accessing Attorney Fee Voucher Information

Posted By General
August 23, 2019 Category: Accessing Attorney Fee Voucher Information

Beginning June 1, 2019, the Trustee discontinued emailing the case listings voucher that once accompanied ACH attorney fee payments.  This information is now being made available on the NDC website and can be accessed using your user credentials.  If you have any issues with viewing this report, please contact the NDC directly as the Trustee cannot access your

Change in the distribution of the Chapter 13 Trustee's Annual Reports of Receipts and Disbursements

Posted By General
January 20, 2016 Category: Annual Report Of Receipts And Disbursements

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Trustee's office changed the timing for the preparation and mailing of Annual Reports of Receipts and Disbursements. Annual reports will be mailed based on the anniversary month of the Chapter 13 bankruptcy case filing. For example, the bankruptcy case was filed in the month of May, the annual report will cover the 12-month period beginning May 1st and ending April 30th. If the case was filed in the month of October, the annual report will cover the 12-month period October 1st through September

For Attorneys Sending Documents to the Trustee

Posted By General
January 05, 2015 Category: General

Debtor attorneys must use the Trustee's secure Document Delivery Portal for sending case documents and correspondence related to those documents to the Trustee. If you have not yet registered for the Document Delivery Portal, please contact the Trustee's office so that an invitation may be sent to you. You must use the invitation email for registering. You cannot register through the

Base and Unsecured Base

Posted By General
September 12, 2014 Category: General

When reviewing Chapter 13 bankruptcy case information on the NDC (National Data Center) website, debtors, creditors and attorneys will see Base or Unsecured Base information. These fields are used by the Trustee to track the amount to be paid to creditors during the term of the bankruptcy

Online Payment Method

Posted By General
April 30, 2014 Category: General

Debtors may make their plan payments electronically. This online payment method known as "ePay" is available through this website and replaces the need for personal checks, money orders or cashier's checks. Payments are directed by the debtor from his/her bank checking or savings account to the Chapter 13 Trustee in the amount and frequency determined by the debtor. If you are interested in taking advantage of this payment option, please click on the ePay button located on the homepage of this

Authorization for Electronic Funds Transfer

Posted By General
December 04, 2013 Category: General

Creditors may receive their monthly disbursements via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) instead of a check through the mail. Chapter 13 attorneys may also take advantage of EFT for receiving their allowed attorney fees. To sign up for electronic disbursements, click on the Electronic Funds Transfer button located on the home page of this

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