Wayne Godare, Chapter 13 Trustee
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1. Beginning October 1, 2015, my administrative fee will increase to 5.75%.
2. For some time, I have been filing a 10 day notice letter before filing a SOFTC when debtors are on a “drop dead” order. Beginning November 1, I will not be filing those notices unless the debtor(s) are currently on a wage order. I have found that the 10 day notices just are not effective except when there is a wage order involved. In some instances, the missing payments are a product of an issue with the employers. Under those circumstances, the 10 days will grant enough time to trace and correct the problem with the employer.
3. Attorneys filing Chapter 13 plans in my District have an obligation to monitor their cases through completion. For example, I have found that few attorneys are actually looking at the Notice of Intent to Pay Claims that I send out a few days after the Governmental bar date and shows what creditors I propose to pay. At that time, it is your duty to review that document to ensure the accuracy of the proposed payments to all creditors – not just the unsecured. If there is an error or misunderstanding, you need to contact my office immediately.
4. For some time, I have been filing wage orders when the plan calls for a step up in plan payments.
Beginning November 1, I will no longer be filing wage orders on behalf of debtors when there is a step up in plan payments. It is the duty of the case attorney to monitor and file new wage orders as needed pursuant to any plan payment changes. If your client is on TFS, it is your duty to ensure that your client understands the need to increase the plan payment. I will send a reminder letter to both you and your clients about the change in plan payments.
Welcome to Wayne Godare's Chapter 13 Website.
This site will provide you with general information about my office and upcoming events in the bankruptcy community.
We believe that each person involved in the bankruptcy process, from beginning to end, contributes to the success of a Chapter 13 Plan.
My staff and I look forward to working with all of you throughout the life of the Plan.
- Wayne Godare
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