Notice Regarding Change in Local Form, "Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury For Debtor(s) Without an Attorney"

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2011

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NOTICE REGARDING CHANGE IN LOCAL FORM, "DECLARATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY FOR DEBTOR(S) WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY"

Local Bankruptcy Rule 1007-1(b) provides that in a case in which the debtor is not represented by an attorney, the debtor shall file a completed form, "Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Debtor(s) Without an Attorney," which is available on the Court’s website.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a change has been made to the local form. Specifically, the local form has been revised to require the signature of the bankruptcy petition preparer in those cases in which the debtor has received assistance from a bankruptcy petition preparer. Further, the local form has been revised to include information regarding the maximum allowable fee chargeable by a bankruptcy petition preparer in the Eastern District of Michigan. The revised local form, "Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Debtor(s) Without an Attorney," is posted under the Rules & Forms section of the Court’s website, www.mieb.uscourts.gov, and is available at the intake counter of the Clerk’s office. Local Bankruptcy Rule 1007-1(b) requires this declaration to be filed within 14 days after the bankruptcy petition is filed.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2011, any debtor that is not represented by an attorney must file the revised form, "Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Debtor(s) Without an Attorney." The Court will strike any versions of the local form that are filed after October 1, 2011 that do not comply with the revised form.