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- Attorney Representation
- Credit Counseling & Debtor Education
- Documents Required to File Bankruptcy
- Completing the Bankruptcy Forms
- Mortgage Modification Mediation
- Payment of Filing Fees
- Preventing Automatic Dismissal of Your Bankruptcy Case
- The Trustee & the 341 Meeting of Creditors
- Chapter 13 Plan & Confirmation
- Discharge of Debts under Chapter 13
- Potential Delay or Denial of Discharge
- Credit Rating & Reports
The information provided here is intended to answer frequently asked questions and is not to be interpreted as legal advice or to serve as a complete guide as to what is required to be filed, provided or completed in a chapter 13 case. This information is subject to change without notice.
Any debtor other than an individual (or a married couple) must be represented by legal counsel. Corporations or other business debtors may not file bankruptcy under chapter 13.
Credit Counseling & Debtor Education
Debtors who file chapter 13 bankruptcy are required to obtain credit counseling from an approved provider within 6 months before filing for bankruptcy relief. Debtors are also required to complete an instructional course in personal financial management from an approved provider after filing bankruptcy. (11 U.S.C. § 521(b),(c)). Failure to obtain the required certifications may result in dismissal of your case or withholding of the discharge. A list of approved providers is available from the Clerk’s Office or the website of the U.S. Trustee Program.
U.S. Trustee Program > List of Approved Credit Counseling Agencies
U.S. Trustee Program > List of Approved Providers of Personal Financial Management Instructional Courses
Documents Required to File Bankruptcy
The forms listed below are available from either the United States Courts > Bankruptcy Forms website or the Forms page of this web site (Local Forms designated as “FLNB LF”). Many of the forms are in interactive (“fillable”) Portable Document Format (PDF) and all can be printed or saved to your computer.
- *Filing Fee - The filing fee is to be paid in full at the time of the filing of the petition unless the debtor files, and the court approves, an Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments (Form B 103A). An application to pay in installments can be filed by individual debtors only (including married couples) and shall be filed at the time of the filing of the petition. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1006(b).
- *Voluntary Petition (Form B 101) - Required to initiate the bankruptcy case. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(a)(1).
- Summary of Your Assets and Liabilities and Certain Statistical Information (Form B 106 Summary) - Must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b), (c).
- Schedules of Your Assets and Liabilities (Schedules 106A/B (Property), 106C (Exempt Property), 106D (Secured Claims), 106E/F (Unsecured Claims)), Your Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases (Schedule 106G), Your Co-Debtors (Schedule 106H), Your Current Income and Expenses (Schedules 106I (Income), 106J (Expenses), 106J-2 (Expenses of Joint Debtor in Separate Household, if applicable)) and Declaration About an Individual Debtor's Schedules (Schedule 106 Declaration) - All schedules must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b),(c) and 11 U.S.C. § 521(1).
- Statement of Financial Affairs (Form B 107) - Must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. 11 U.S.C. § 521(1)(B)(iii) and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b),(c).
- Notice to Individual Debtor with Primarily Consumer Debts under 11 U.S.C. § 342(b) (Form B 2010), if applicable - The notice must be GIVEN to the debtor before the bankruptcy petition is filed. Certification that the notice has been given must be FILED with the petition or within 15 days. 11 U.S.C. §§ 342(b), 521(a)(1)(B)(iii), 707(a)(3). Official Form 101, Voluntary Petition, contains spaces for the certification.
- Bankruptcy Petition Preparer's Notice, Declaration and Signature (Form B 119), if applicable - Must be filed with the petition if the bankruptcy petition is prepared by someone other than the debtor(s). 11 U.S.C. § 110(b)(2).
- Disclosure of Compensation of Bankruptcy Petition Preparer (Form B 2800), if applicable - Must be filed with the petition if the bankruptcy petition is prepared by someone other than the debtor(s). 11 U.S.C. § 110(h)(2).
- Disclosure of Compensation of Attorney for Debtor (Form B 2030), if applicable - Must be filed within fourteen (14) days or other date set by the court. 11 U.S.C. § 329 and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2016(b).
- Chapter 13 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period (Form B 122C-1) and Chapter 13 Calculation of Your Disposable Income (Form B 122C-2) - Must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007.
- *Creditor Mailing Matrix (Local Form 36-M, Matrix/List of Creditors. See Instructional Document Inst-1 and LF36-M on the Forms page of this web site) - A typewritten list containing the names and addresses of all creditors of the debtor. Must be filed with the petition. 11 U.S.C. § 521(a)(1)(A), Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(a)(1) and N.D. Fla. L.R. 1007-2.
- *Statement About Your Social Security Number (Form B 121) - Required if the debtor is an individual. This form is retained by the attorney for the debtor(s) and is not filed with the court unless the debtor is filing a pro se case (not represented by legal counsel). If filing a pro se case, the form must be filed with the petition. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(f).
- *Motion for Determination and Waiver of Debtor’s Duty to Comply with Credit Counseling Requirement (FLNB LF-18), if applicable - Required if the debtor is an individual requesting a waiver of credit counseling requirements. Must be filed with the petition. 11 U.S.C. § 109(h)(3).
- Copies of all payment advices (e.g., earnings statements, pay stubs, etc.) or other evidence of payment received by the debtor within 60 days before the filing of the petition or, if the debtor has not received any income from an employer within 60 days before the filing of the petition, a Statement of No Employment Income (FLNB LF-16), whichever is applicable - Required if the debtor is an individual. Must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. 11 U.S.C. § 521(a)(1)(B)(iv) and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b), (c).
- Chapter 13 Plan (FLNB LF-21) - Must be filed with the petition or within fourteen (14) days. Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3015.
Completing the Bankruptcy Forms
Your bankruptcy is a public record. Do not place the full Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number on any bankruptcy documents other than the Statement of Social Security Number (Form B 121). Documents of which you are to provide copies, such as pay advices or earnings statements, bank records, or tax documents, must be redacted or truncated prior to filing. (Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037). You may abbreviate the information as shown in the following examples:
- Social Security Number and/or Taxpayer Identification Number: last four digits only (e.g., xxx-xx-1234)
- Financial Account Numbers: last four digits only
- Birthdate: year of birth only
- Names of Minor children: initials only (no names)
- Debtors represented by attorneys: The attorney will mail a copy of the Amended Statement of Social Security Number to the Court and keep the original with the other original bankruptcy documents and retain this document for four (4) years after the case is closed.
- Pro se Debtors: You must provide the original Amended Statement of Social Security Number to the Court. We will attach this document to your electronic case record and place the original in your case file but neither the original nor the electronic version of the document will be available for public viewing.
- Notifying Creditors and Parties in Interest: Pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1009(c), the debtor (pro se) or debtor’s attorney shall promptly notify each entity included on Schedules D, E/F, G, and H of the correct Social Security Number(s). A truncated or redacted copy of this notice showing only the last four digits of the Social Security Number should be filed with the Court.
Mortgage Modification Mediation
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida has adopted uniform procedures for its Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) Program. Click here for more information.
Payment of Filing Fees
A list of acceptable payment methods is available on our website at https://www.flnb.uscourts.gov/fees.
Preventing Automatic Dismissal of your Bankruptcy Case (11 U.S.C. § 521(i)(1))
The following documents must be filed within 45 days of the filing of the petition or the case will be dismissed automatically without hearing or further notice:
- Creditor Mailing Matrix/List of Creditors
- Schedules of Assets and Liabilities - Schedules A/B, D, & E/F (Schedules B 106A/B, 106D, & 106E/F)
- Schedules of Current Income & Expenditures - Schedules I & J (Schedules B 106I, B 106J, & 106J-2, if applicable)
- Statement of Financial Affairs (Form B 107)
- Certificate pursuant to § 342(b), if applicable (See forms Form B 2010 linked here and also available on the Forms page of the U.S. Court’s Website) - When the debtor is represented by legal counsel, the attorney’s signature on Exhibit B (page 2) of the Voluntary Petition certifies compliance with this provision.
- Copies of all payment advices (e.g., earnings statements, pay stubs, etc.) or other evidence of payment received within 60 days before the filing of the petition
- Chapter 13 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period (Form B 122C-1)
- A statement disclosing any reasonable anticipated increase in income or expenditures over the 12-month period following the date of the filing of the petition. This information can be provided in Schedule J.
The Trustee & the 341 Meeting of Creditors
Within ten (10) business days of the filing of a bankruptcy petition with mailing matrix, the court will issue a “Notice of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case.” This notice is sent to all parties listed on the mailing matrix to inform them of the bankruptcy case filing. It also advises the debtor and creditors of the date, time and location of the § 341 Meeting of Creditors (also known as the “341 Meeting”) and the deadlines for creditors to file a Proof of Claim and by which objections to discharge or dischargeability of certain debts must be made. (11 U.S.C. § 341).
Assistant U.S. Trustee for the Northern District of Florida
Adisley M. Cortez-Rodriguez
110 E. Park Ave., Ste. 128
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Chapter 13 Trustee
Leigh A. Duncan
P.O. Box 646
Tallahassee, FL 32303
The Assistant U.S. Trustee and her staff are employees of the U.S. Department of Justice. Although they, nor the panel trustees or their staffs are employees of the Federal Judiciary or the bankruptcy court, the contact information for trustees in all chapters is located here and on the Contact Us page of this website for your convenience.
The Chapter 13 Plan and Confirmation
The debtor must file a plan of repayment to creditors with the petition or within fourteen (14) days after the filing of the petition. The plan must provide for payments of fixed amounts to the trustee on a regular basis for a specified period of time, usually three to five years.
The Clerk's Office worked with the Chapter 13 Trustee in an effort to streamline procedures for dealing with post-confirmation delinquencies in chapter 13 plan payments. The goal was to provide a more efficient, uniform method for debtors to submit proposals to cure delinquencies without a hearing. To that end, optional plan language approved by the Chapter 13 Ad Hoc Committee, a procedure for accrued delinquencies, and several filing events and local forms were developed.
Discharge of Debts under Chapter 13 (11 U.S.C. § 1328)
The debtor will receive a discharge of debts provided for by the plan upon completion of all payments under the chapter 13 plan so long as the debtor meets all requirements under 11 U.S.C. § 1328.
Debts not discharged in a chapter 13 case include certain long term obligations (such as a home mortgage), debts for alimony or child support, certain taxes, debts for most government funded or guaranteed educational loans or benefit overpayments, debts arising from death or personal injury caused by driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, and debts for restitution or a criminal fine included in a sentence on the debtor's conviction of a crime. To the extent that they are not fully paid under the chapter 13 plan, the debtor will still be responsible for these debts after the bankruptcy case has concluded. Debts for money or property obtained by false pretenses, debts for fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity, and debts for restitution or damages awarded in a civil case for willful or malicious actions by the debtor that cause personal injury or death to a person will be discharged unless a creditor timely files and prevails in an action to have such debts declared non-dischargeable. 11 U.S.C. §§ 1328, 523(c); Fed. R. Bankr. P. 4007(c).
Questions regarding dischargeability of debts should be directed to a competent attorney who is familiar with the bankruptcy laws.
Potential Delay or Denial of Discharge
The court will delay or withhold the discharge for the following reasons, as applicable:
- Failure to file a Certification About a Financial Management Course (Form B 423). If a joint petition is filed, each spouse must complete and file a separate certification.
- The debtor(s) received a discharge within the prior four (4) years if filing a chapter 7, 11 or 12, or within the prior two (2) years if filing a chapter 13.
- *Failure to file the required certifications regarding domestic support obligations.
- A Motion to Delay discharge is pending, including those related to 11 U.S.C. §§ 522(q)(1), 727(a)(12), 1141(d)(5)(c), 1228(f), the filing of tax returns under 521(f)(f), and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(8).
- Failure to pay the filing fee.
- A hearing is pending concerning a reaffirmation agreement in which undue hardship is indicated.
- *Failure to file a statement as required under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(8), if applicable, or if the statement declares that:
- There is NO pending proceeding in which the debtor may be found guilty under § 522(q)(1)(A) or found liable for a debt in § 522(q)(1)(B), a discharge cannot be provided earlier than thirty (30) days after the filing of the statement. If a related Motion to Delay Discharge is filed prior to the thirty (30) days, the discharge will not be entered pending direction to be provided via resolution of the motion.
- There IS a pending proceeding in which the debtor may be found guilty under § 522(q)(1)(A) or found liable for a debt in § 522(q)(1)(B), the discharge will not be entered pending direction to be provided via the resolution of the pending proceedings and any related motions.
*The requirement for items marked with an asterisk (*) may be satisfied using Local Form LF 13-37.
Credit Rating & Reports
The court is not responsible for credit reports or the information reported by credit bureaus. Bankruptcy records are public record and the information contained in them can be retrieved by anyone. Additionally, the Fair Credit Reporting Act allows credit bureaus to keep a bankruptcy on your credit record for up to ten (10) years from the date of discharge (not the date of the filing of the case). Any disputes you have with a credit reporting agency must be resolved by you and that agency.