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Rights And Responsibilities Of Chapter 13 Debtors And Their Attorneys

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UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and their Attorneys It is important for those who file a bankruptcy under Chapter 13 to understand their responsibilities, as well as those of their attorney. As such, this document sets forth the services required to be performed by your attorney, as well as those responsibilities that are required and/or expected of you. In order to maintain a high standard of quality for the Debtors' counsel practicing in this district, the following requirements are mandatory for the Debtors' counsel in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. These requirements are in addition to any others required by law, rule or order. Should a conflict arise between these rights and responsibilities and any law, rule or order, the law, rule or order shall supersede the conflict. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no provision, statement and/or clause contained herein shall be deemed as a limitation on the Debtors' counsel's responsibilities and/or obligations as set forth in the Bankruptcy Code. Before the bankruptcy petition is filed, the attorney will provide the following legal services: 1) The Debtor shall meet with an attorney for a reasonable period of time prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition to review facts and to receive advice concerning the Debtor's bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy options and shall be present at the signing of the final documents. 2) Unless an emergency filing is necessitated by exigent circumstances, the Debtor's counsel must collect the following documents from the Debtor prior to filing, or document the inability to collect the same, subject to subparagraph (o) below: a) Copies of all bank account statements (or similar documentation) from at least 60 days prior to the date of the filing of the bankruptcy petition (savings, checking, CD's etc.). b) Federal income tax returns, transcripts, or a completed affidavit declaring that the Debtor was not required to file tax returns for the tax year prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition. c) Federal income tax returns, transcripts, or a completed affidavit declaring that the Debtor was not required to file tax returns for the second through fourth years prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition. d) A copy of all payment advices or other evidence of payment the Debtor received within 60 days before the date of the filing of the petition from any employer of the Debtor, or an affidavit that no income was earned. American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com e) A copy of all payment advices or other evidence of payment the Debtor received within the six calendar months prior to filing the petition sufficient to calculate the Debtor's current monthly income pursuant to § 101(10A). f) If the Debtor is self-employed, a profit and loss statement for the six months before the filing of the petition. g) Copies of all billing statements for the Debtor's credit cards, medical bills, student loans, personal/payday loans, car loans, mortgages and other secured debts. Also, any utility bills on which the Debtor is not current. If the Debtor does not have a bill for a debt, the Debtor must provide a written statement of the (i) creditor's name, (ii) billing address, (iii) account number and (iv) amount owed. h) A copy of any domestic support order that the Debtor has been ordered to pay. i) Copies of final and signed divorce decrees and marital settlement agreements entered into in the two years prior to filing the bankruptcy petition. j) Copies of any and all documentation concerning lawsuits or administrative proceedings the Debtor has been involved in within the last two years, regardless of the status or outcome of the suit. k) If applicable, a statement from the county showing the current status of the Debtor's real estate/mobile home taxes. If the taxes have been purchased, the Debtor should provide a copy of the redemption certificate. l) Copies of the most recent non-term life insurance statements in which the Debtor has an interest. m) Copies of current statements regarding any non-retirement investments in which the Debtor has an interest. n) Verification/information of the balance of any and all 401(k) loans. o) If any of these documents are not available or present in the Debtor's counsel's file, then the Debtor and the Debtor's counsel should execute an affidavit stating that they both made reasonable efforts to obtain the documentation and were unable to comply. The affidavit must also list the documents not obtained. 3) The Debtor's counsel must complete an intake document which is reasonably detailed to ensure that the Debtor is asked the appropriate questions and given appropriate advice. There is no form intake document approved by the Court at present. 1 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com 4) The Debtor's counsel must ensure that the Debtor has completed the required pre-petition credit counseling requirements or determine if the Debtor meets the standard for one of the exceptions to such requirements. 5) The Debtor's counsel must review the petition, schedules, supplemental local forms, Chapter 13 Plan and mailing matrix prior to the filing of said documents. 6) The Debtor's counsel must meet with the Debtor when they sign the final paperwork to be filed in their case. 7) The Debtor's counsel must review and sign all motions filed in the Debtor's case. 8) The Debtor's counsel shall timely provide the Debtor with a written executed contract that conforms to the requirements in the Bankruptcy Code and Rules. After the bankruptcy petition is filed, the attorney will provide the following legal services: 1) Upon information received from the Debtor, take steps necessary to avoid the termination of, or to allow the reinstatement of, the Debtor's necessary utility services by providing faxed proof of filing of the petition to utility service creditors. 2) Take steps necessary to obtain the return of repossessed vehicles, which are necessary to the estate, including, but not limited to, the filing of Complaints to Compel Turnover. 3) In the event of pending state or federal court litigation, notify creditor's attorneys and the appropriate court in which the litigation is pending that the bankruptcy case has been filed. 4) Send out an information letter to the Debtor reminding the Debtor to attend the § 341 meeting, specifying the time and location of that meeting, and advising the Debtor as to the proc

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