Bankruptcy Filings Continue to Decline. According to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, national bankruptcy case filings fell 0.7% for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, compared to the previous year. This is the smallest one-year decline in national bankruptcy case filings since 2010. In the Eastern District of Washington, bankruptcy case filings fell by 6.5% for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017. Since 2010, the annual decline in local bankruptcy case filings has ranged from 13.5% to 5.5%, with the smallest one-year decline occurring between 2015 and 2016. (Source: https://www.waeb.uscourts.gov/news/bankruptcy-filings-continue-decline-1)
Amended Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure effective December 1, 2017. The following rules were affected: 1001, 1006, 1015, 2002, 3002, 3007, 3012, 3015, 3015.1 (new), 4003, 5009, 7001 and 9009. Local Bankruptcy Rule 3007-1. Additional information regarding pending rules and amendments may be found on the Judiciary’s website at www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/pending-rules-and-forms-amendments.
New Local Chapter 13 Plan effective December 1, 2017. The Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Court’s new Chapter 13 Plan was unveiled at the Fall Seminar. The new Plan will be required for all Chapter 13 Plan after December 1, 2017. All modifications of existing Chapter 13 plans will have to incorporate the new numbered paragraphs. A conversion sheet will be uploaded to the website shortly.
Fall Seminar. Thank you to all who attended the Bankruptcy Fall Seminar! It was very well attended and we had some great speakers.
Current Scholarship Recipient. Congratulations to our newest Warden L. Hanel Scholarship recipient Kristopher Morton. We look forward to seeing your article this spring!
28th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat June 14-18 at the Sun Mountain Lodge
Pictures from the Bankruptcy Fall Seminar, October 2017