Section 2: Case Opening

Case Upload

Follow the steps below to electronically file a new Bankruptcy Case using Case Upload:

  1. Select Bankruptcy.
     
  2. Select Case Upload.
     
  3. Browse, verify and attach the Case Information (.txt file)
    Browse, verify and attach the Petition (.pdf file.)
    Browse, verify and attach the Creditor Matrix with mailing addresses (.txt file.)
    If case is a Chapter 13, browse, verify and attach Chapter 13 plan (.pdf file.)
    Browse, verify and attach Certificate of Credit Counseling (.pdf file.)
     
  4. Click Next

You will be prompted to pay the appropriate filing fee. Select Pay Now or Continue Filing.

Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.

DO NOT USE CASE UPLOAD FOR CASES IN WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING TO HAVE THE FILING FEE PAID IN INSTALLMENTS.

Continue with Judge, Trustee Assignment procedure.

 

 

Open a BK Case

Follow the steps below to electronically file a new voluntary Bankruptcy Case. Refer to the training module "Open a Voluntary BK Case" at http://www.wyb.uscourts.gov/node/55 to view a demonstration of this process.

1.         Select Bankruptcy

2.         Select Open a voluntary BK Case.

3.         Select appropriate chapter: 7, 11, 12, 13, etc.

            Select yes if joint petition (joint debtor).

            The Deficiencies option should remain as n, as the Court will issue a Notice of Incomplete filings, if necessary.

4.         Search for a Party screen:

Enter social security number, tax identification number or last/business name (upper and lower case) to search for debtor name in the ECF database.

Party search results:  If debtor exact name appears, select the name from the list and verify debtor information (pop up window). ~Note: If debtor is barred from filing, STOP opening the case. 

            If debtor name is an exact match, click on Select name from list button.

            If debtor name does not appear, click on Create new party.

5.         A.  Debtor Information screen:

                        This screen appears for selected name or creating new party.

                        Complete/Update all appropriate fields for the debtor.  Include mailing address.

                        Indicate County.

            B.  Select the Alias button if debtor has alias.  Complete all appropriate fields for alias(es).

                        Select appropriate role for alias(es) (aka, dba, fdba, fda).

            C.  Review alias(es) once more by clicking on the Review button.  If the alias is incorrect, uncheck the alias(es) and repeat 5.

                        When finished, click on Return to Party screen button.

            D.  Review debtor information once more before submission. 

Note: Repeat steps 5  for Joint Debtor (jtdb.pty), if applicable. If Joint Debtor's address is different from Debtor, uncheck Copy previous party's address.

6.         The next screen will state the divisional office in which this case is assigned (Cheyenne).

            Click Next

7.         Select yes or no in the Prior filing within last 8 years field.

Select Type of Debtor, such individual, corporation, etc.  If Type of debtor is a business, select the correct Nature of business.

            Select Paid or Installment for Fee Status.

            If selecting Installment you must also file an Application to Pay Installments.

            Select consumer or business for Nature of debt (Chapter 12 and 9 must select business).

            Select yes for Asset Notice, ONLY if case is a Chapter 11, 12 or 13.

            Select the appropriate Estimated number of creditors, assets and liabilities for the case.

            Click Next

8.         Summary of Schedules Screen:

            Enter all totals from Schedules A, B, C, D, E, F, I, J, Form 22, and Nondischargeable Debt in the boxes provided.

            Click Next

9.         The next screen displays fields for additional schedules and Form 22 information. 

10.       Browse, verify and attach the Voluntary Petition (pdf file) and click Next.

11.       Select the appropriate statement in the Presumption Arises field.  

12.       Verify filing fee amount and click Next.

13.       Modify text as appropriate and click Next.

14.       Warning!! Verify filing entry is correct before submitting the "Final Docket Text."

Summary of Charges Screen Pops UP: You have the option to Pay now or Continue Filing (if you have more filings).

Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.                           

Upload a Creditor Matrix File.

Assign the Judge, Trustee and 341 Meeting

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open an AP Proceeding

Follow the steps below to electronically file a new Adversary Proceeding.  Refer to the training module “Open an Adversary Proceeding” at http://www.wyb.uscourts.gov to view a demonstration of this process.

1.         Select Adversary.

2.         Select Open an AP Case.

3.         If Complaint; select y. If Notice of Removal; select n.  Click Next.   

4.         Search for a Plaintiff screen:

            Enter last name or business name.

            Click on Search.

            Party search results:  If plaintiff's exact name appears, select the name from the list.  If no results appear, click on Create New Party to add plaintiff.

            On the Plaintiff Information screen, verify/add the correct information and make changes where necessary.

            Select the plaintiff’s correct Role in Bankruptcy Case (i.e; creditor, debtor, etc.).

            Use the Alias button if plaintiff has any alias names to enter.

            If filing with any additional attorneys, click on the Add Additional Attorney button to enter the names.

            When finished entering plaintiff’s information, click Submit.

            The next screen allows you to search/add any additional plaintiffs if applicable, if not, click End Plaintiff Selection.

            Search for a Defendant screen.

            Enter last name or business name.

            Click on Search.

            Party search results: If defendant’s exact name appears, select the name from the list.  If no results  appear, click on Create New Party to add defendant.             

            On the Defendant Information screen, verify/add the correct information and make changes where necessary.

            Select the defendant’s correct Role in Bankruptcy Case.

            Use Alias button if defendant has any alias names to enter.

            When finished entering defendant’s information, click Submit.

            The next screen allows you to search/add any additional defendants if applicable, if not, click End Defendant Selection.

5.         Open Adversary Case (statistical) screen:

            Select appropriate Party Code.

            Select appropriate Primary Nature of Suit. If more than one nature of suit, use the fields for  second, third, fourth, fifth nature of Suit.

            Select y if Rule 23 (class action) applies.

            Select plaintiff if filing requests a jury demand.

            Enter amount for demand.  Enter only to the nearest whole number in the thousands,

            (i.e., 5 = 5000.)

            Select y, n, or u for the State law field

            Click Next

6.         Enter the lead bankruptcy case number on the next screen.  Association type is Adversary.

            Click Next.

7.         The next screen states what division case is assigned to based on the lead bankruptcy case number you entered.

            Click Next.

8.         Browse, verify and attach the PDF of the B104 Adversary Cover Sheet and Complaint.  Attach supporting documents, if applicable.

            Click Next.

9.         The adversary filing fee will be displayed.  Click Next.

10.       Final Docket Text screen: 

            Review the docket text and make sure everything is correct and click Next.

11.       You will be prompted to pay the filing fee electronically.

 

Save the Notice of Electronic Filing.

Summons:       The court will issue a summons. 

                        **Once summons is filed by the court, it may be obtained through the email notification the filer receives.

 

 

Upload a Creditor Matrix File

Follow the steps below to electronically upload a creditor matrix file:

  1. Select Bankruptcy.
     
  2. Select Creditor Maintenance.
     
  3. Enter Case Number.
     
  4. Select Next.
     
  5. Select Upload Creditor Matrix File.
     
  6. File should be saved as a text file (.txt).
     
  7. Browse, verify attach text file.
     
  8. Select Next.

A message will appear to inform you of the number of creditors uploaded; check to make sure it matches the number of creditors on your mailing matrix.