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Feb 8, 2018

Changes have been made to the trustee’s summary of claims report mailed out near a case’s bar date.  The changes are designed to better show new treatment to non-governmental secured creditors resulting from the December 1st, 2017 plan form adoption within this district.

Feb 1, 2018

Effective February 1st 2018, the Trustee has changed his position on treatment of post-petition fee notices (PPFN).  Prior to this date, the notices were treated as a supplemental claim.  Absent plan language to the contrary, the standardized plan recently adopted by this district no longer permits this treatment.  Henceforth the PPFN’s will be treated as what they are; a notice.  The Trustee recognizes that these notices indicate an underlying payment needs to occur but leaves it to debtor and creditor counsel to implement the means.  

Jan 20, 2018

The federal government’s funding shutdown does not affect our office, your bankruptcy plan requirements, scheduled hearings, and 341 meetings.   The Trustee is not a federal employee and is not funded by the federal government.  We will continue to operate regardless of what happens at the federal level.  This means that all plan payments, disbursements, and oversight performed by this office will continue largely unaltered.  Debtors should continue to make plan payments.  Creditors should continue to expect payments as directed by the plan.   Attorneys and Creditors should continue to file using the court’s CM/ECF system to file.  We will continue to respond to emails, answer the phone and otherwise operate normally.At

The court may receive emergency funding.  For now, you should continue to appear for scheduled hearings and expect normal response from the courts.  We will post an update if this changes. 

The United States Trustee (UST) will likely be operating at a reduced level.  Most of their staff will be on furlough and their offices will be largely shut down.  341 Meetings held at UST offices or other locations will continue to be held.  Please plan to appear for these in the normal fashion.

Jan 8, 2018 The Trustee has an entry level accounting/office assistant/paralegal position opening. Click here for more information
Jan 8, 2018 Click here to access the Trustee Plan Tips document. This document is meant to assist you in using the local plan form.
Dec 1, 2017 New bankruptcy rules and plan form take effect today. A quick summary of the primary rule changes affecting chapter 12 and 13 can be found here. Thank you to Trustee Beverly Burden for providing. The plan, amendment, and modification to the plan can be found on the Court's website forms tab and in the November 6th news item below.
Nov 6, 2017 District wide forms for the new Chapter 13 Plan, a request to Modify a Confirmed Ch 13 plan, and a Request to Amend an Unconfirmed Ch 13 Plan have been published on the court website. These are effective Dec 1, 2017 and should be used on all cases filed after that date and as much as practicable on those filed before that date.

Nov 6, 2017

On 10-26-2017 the President signed into law an Act amending 11 USC by adding section 1232. This new section deals with pre and post-petition unsecured debts resulting from the sale, transfer, exchange etc., of property used in the debtor's farming operation. Most importantly, this clarifies treatment post BAPCPA and gives you a tool for dealing with capital gains taxes that may arise. Click here for a copy of the Act (see pg 9)
Oct 6, 2017

There are pending rule changes taking effect December 1st 2017. Most importantly this affects filing of proof of claims and the adoption of a standardized chapter 13 form plan. The comment period for these items ends October 20, 2017. Click here to go to the court website page form more information.

The Standing Trustee and Staff Attorney Griffith will be speaking at the WDBB luncheon Wednesday November 8th and at the State Bar Annual Bankruptcy update on November 15 and 16 on these topics. Bankruptcy attorneys are urged to attend one of these sessions as these rule changes will directly impact your Chapter 12 and 13 practice.

Oct 6, 2017

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 4001, 6007, 9036, 9037, and Official Form 410, and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The public comment period ends February 15, 2018.
To view the proposed amendments, as well as information about submitting written comments or testimony at public hearings, please visit the Rules & Policies webpage on the U.S. Courts website at

Sep 7, 2017

Due to the holiday & a software upgrade there has been a delay in our August processing.  We will be mailing those disbursement checks early the week of September 11th.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mar 24, 2017 Minor updates to 341 and Attorney FAQ pages related to adjourning 341 meetings
Sep 30, 2016

Judge Robert D. Martin retires on of this date. Judge Martin has been a bankruptcy judge in the Western District of Wisconsin since 1978, and was its chief judge until 2012. Chief Judge Furay will assume Martin's seat in Madison and continue to hear cases throughout the district. It is expect a new judge who will hear cases in both Eastern and Western Wisconsin will be named soon. That judge is expected to primarily hear cases filed in the northern part of this district.

We would like to thank Judge Martin for his many years of service to the bankruptcy community and wish him well in the future.

Jul 1, 2016 The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 3015 and adoption of new Rule 3015.1 One of the more significant outcomes affecting this district will be the implementation of a standardized Chapter 13 Plan. The public comment period for this ends October 3, 2016. Click here to go to the judiciary's site to comment or see more information.
Jun 30, 2016

Paying plan payments in cash is now possible thru the TFSBilPay system. TFS has partnered with MoneyGram to allow this feature. There is a short intitial set up and cost for this option. Click here for a link for more information. Paying your plan thru employer wage deductions is still the cheapest and most effecttive way to complete your plan. This new option simply allows initial payments, catch up payments or self employed people another option.

Jun 2, 2016 The Trustee and Chief Judge Furay will be speaking at a Chapter 12 Convention in Atlanta GA. Click here for a link to it or to register
May 1, 2016 The minimum trustee fee rate used when calculating plan feasiblity and payment to creditors is 7%. The actual rate fluctuates at least anually. See Attorney FAQ page for more information.
May 1, 2016 The IRS has revised national and local standards used in the means test. Most of their expense standards went down. Cases filed after May 1st will have to use these new numbers in the means test calculation. Please update your software or calculations. Click here for the UST Means Test information and county standards link
Apr 1, 2016 Federal debt limits and exemption amounts change today. Click here for an update to the new amounts
Apr 1, 2016 The IRS will start charging 4% on secured claims after this date. This will not affect confirmed plans prior to this date
Mar 14, 2016 The bankruptcy court offers electronic noticing to debtors. Click here for more information.
Dec 1, 2015 New bankruptcy forms take effect today. Please update your software and start using these new forms on anything filed after Novemeber 30th. Click here for a link to the new forms.
April 27, 2015 Our web server suffered a mechanical failure and had to be replaced. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. It took a few days for the replacement machine to be configured correctly. With the exception of a few minutes each day when new information is copied over we expect 24-7 performance and availability.
April 13, 2015 Effective immediately we are changing the address for mailing plan payments. See our Contact Us page for details. Notices are being sent by this office to affected parties.
Dec 16, 2014 Reminder that the comment period for the proposed bankruptcy rule changes that were published this May closes February 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Click here for the preliminary draft of those rules and how to comment on them. Notably there is a proposed national chapter 13 plan, changes in filling of claims and bar dates, noticing changes, changes in determining secured and priority amounts, and changes in objections. We urge you to review these changes and comment on them if you see fit. They will significantly affect local practice in the upcoming years.
Dec 1, 2014 Bankruptcy Form 22C (or B22C) will be replaced by two separate forms, Form 22C-1 and Form 22C-2. The new forms do not involve major changes—anyone familiar with the current form will recognize most of what appears on the new versions—but the forms do have a new look and involve some material changes. Click here for US Courts B22C-1 and here for B22C-2 You should start using the new forms immediately. -UPDATE: Effective 12-1-2015 these forms were replaced by newer forms. Please see that news event and use up to date forms.
Oct 1, 2014

The Executive Office of the United States Trustee (EOUST) has revised their position concerning the timing of the percentage fees collected by Standing Chapter 12 and 13 Trustees.  This new policy requires that Standing Trustees nationwide take and account for their percentage fee at the time of the receipt pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §586(e)(2). Previously Standing Trustees had collected the fee at the time of disbursement.  This change is simply a timing change and has no effect on the total fees paid.   

July 3, 2014

TFS Bill Pay is now available for Chapter 13 debtors currently paying by money order or cashier’s check.  Click here for TFS website  This system allows online automated payments to our office.  Debtors will need to allow five days for processing, so they should have the payments come out early enough to arrive in our office by the Plan payment due date.  The debtor will need their case number, district and payment information to set up the payments.   Recurring payments can be set up.  There is a small fee associated with the service but the fee may be less than that required to purchase a money order or cashier’s check and should be much more convenient for debtors.  Please contact TFS directly 888-PAY-CH13 with any questions.

June 1, 2014 Reminder that the filing fee is now $310 for Chapter 13's & $275 for Chapter 12's.
May 7, 2014 Due to the US Post Office closing Milwaukee as a regional mail processing center, our lockbox remittance addresses are being moved to Carol Stream, Illinois. Please see the Contact Us page for the new addresses. Notices are being sent by this office to affected parties.
March 1, 2014 Our office is now on the National Data Center website: This site offers free access for Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 case information to debtors and their attorneys. Debtors can sign up for access here. Debtors' attorneys should contact our office if interested in signing up.
Nov 18, 2013 Case information part of web site allows cases to be keyed in using the year - number format XX-XXXXX . Previously the - after the year was not allowed.
Nov 15, 2013 New Schedules I & J go into effect December 1, 2013. Click here to visit the Forms page.
Nov 14, 2013 New Forms and Calendar pages added to website. Visit our Calendar page for information on office closings and disbursement dates.
Nov 4, 2013 IRS announces new living standards used when computing the means test (form 22C). Per United States Trustee, the new standards apply to cases filed on or after November 15, 2013. For Wisconsin, the new median familiy income will be $43,958 for a family size of one. For 2, 3, or 4 people the amounts are $57,903, $67,808, $80,198 respectively. Above 4 add $8,100 per each individual in excess of 4.
Oct 1, 2013

The federal government’s funding shutdown does not affect our office, your bankruptcy plan requirements, scheduled hearings, and 341 meetings.   Our office is not a federal agency and is not funded by the federal government.  We will continue to operate regardless of what happens at the federal level.  This means that all plan payments, disbursements, and oversight performed by this office will continue largely unaltered.  Debtors should continue to make plan payments.  Creditors should continue to expect payments as directed by the plan.   Attorneys and Creditors should continue to file using the court’s CM/ECF system to file.  We will continue to respond to emails, answer the phone and otherwise operate normally.

The court has notified us that their funding may expire after 10 days.  For now, they are fully operational.  You should continue to appear for scheduled hearings and expect normal response from the courts.  We will post an update if this changes. 

The United States Trustee (UST) has notified us that they will be operating at a reduced level.  Most of their staff will be on furlough and their offices will be largely shut down.  341 Meetings held at UST offices or other locations will continue to be held.  Please plan to appear for these in the normal fashion.

July 15, 2013 The minimum trustee fee rate used when calculating plan feasiblity and payment to creditors has been reduced from 8% to 6%. See Attorney FAQ page for more information
July 1, 2013 The Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation Program in the Western District (MMMWD or MMMP) starts. The MMMP is a program to help qualified debtors negotiate with their lenders to keep their home. Click Here for more information.
June 18, 2013 A new ISP used to support this web site is being used by the trustee. You may need to refresh the trustee home page for this web site in order to get into the case information.
April 1, 2013 All vehicle titles and evidence of mortgage liens must be submitted prior to the 341 meeting. These documents must be provided as separate PDFs with proper title (i.e., “Case #”-“Mortgage Info” or “Vehicle Title”) and emailed to our office at . The Trustee’s office will not accept any documents via paper or fax. Trustee Harring will delay recommending confirmation if the required documents are not filed.
April 1, 2013 Effective April 1st, 2013 the exemption amounts and debt limits for bankruptcy have been updated. Here is a PDF extract from the federal register showing those changes
Feb 1, 2013 Effective February, 1st 2013, Mr. Mark Harring will become the Standing Trustee in this district. Cases currently administered by Standing Trustee Sheree Dandurand will transfer to him at that time. Mr. Harring has over twenty five years of bankruptcy experience and is knowledgeable in all facets of Standing Trustee operations. There are no significant changes in policy, practice or personnel anticipated as a result of this change.
Jan 1, 2013 Judge Catherine J Furay appointed to replace Judge Utschig for cases in the northern part of this district. Judge Furay will preside in Eau Claire. Please welcome Judge Furay to the bench.
Aug 14, 2012

NOTICE: In accordance with a change in the United States Trustee program s policy under 28 U.S.C. Section 586, a percentage fee will be earned by the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee on receipts in cases that dismiss or convert pre-confirmation.  The percentage fee will be at the same rate as that established by the United States Trustee s office for disbursements made by the Standing Trustee on confirmed cases.  The Standing Trustee will  take the fee upon disbursement of all funds received in the case prior to dismissal or conversion. As is our practice, the funds, less the allowed percentage fee and any court costs, will be returned in a check payable to the debtor but mailed to the debtor s attorney.

This new policy is effective on October 1, 2012. The Standing Trustee will start taking these fees on funds that are disbursed on or after that date.
Please note that this new policy will affect all pending unconfirmed cases.

July 27, 2012 We are sad to anounce the passing of Standing Trustee William A. Chatterton. Mr.Chatterton served the bankruptcy comunity for over 46 years and will be missed. Sheree G. Dandurand the Assistant United States Trustee has been named the interim Standing Trustee. All cases managed by, and operations of, the Standing Trustee's office will continue largely unaltered. A link to Trustee Chatterton's obituary is, Chatterton_Obituary
Sep 14, 2010 Federal Housing Affordability page and link added. HAMP
Aug 25, 2010 The minimum trustee fee for calculating plan feasiblity in relation to confirmation changed from 10% to 8%. See Attorney FAQ page. Actual rate varies and is usually lower but 8% provides a cushion in the event of an increase.
Feb 5, 2010 Most Apple and Android phones are sucessfully getting case information using their native browsers. If you are using the older verison of the Windows Phone, try using Opera as a browser. We have limited ability to support all platforms but if you have a mobile phone with a data plan that can run Opera 10 try it. Newer versions of mobile IE also work. Try your phone if you have data access.
Jan 30, 2010 We are no longer using our PO Box address for mail. Please see the contact us page for the address to use.
Dec 3, 2009 Wisconsin exemptions change effective December 16, 2009. General effect will be to increase the amount allowed for most items. See this link to the Wisconsin State Legislature 2009 Act 80.
Dec 1, 2009 Rules change related to date requirements for filings, objections, service and other misc items change to being week based (7,14, 21 days) instead of a multiple of 5 (5,15,20 etc). Some examples; appeals are now 14 days, deadline for Schedules, Statement of Affairs, Plans, and Appellate Briefs now 14 days, standard notice now 21 days, relief from stay notice now 14 days. Rule 9006 contemplates that "days are days" meaning that you will count intermediate weekends and holidays, although if the deadline ends on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will still move to the next business day.
May 15, 2009 Sorting of the individuals shown on check stubs is now available. The individuals on the check stub can be sorted by Account number, Case number, or Last name. The default is last name. Please contact us if you would like your sort changed.
May 13, 2009 Free translation services are now available in over 140 languages at the 341 hearing. Other hearings may follow. Please contact us or the United States Trustee to set this up in advance of the hearing.
May 11, 2009 Column added to creditor listing to show Court claim number.
Nov 14, 2008 Additional Attorney FAQ's added.
Nov 13, 2008 New case information part of this web site published. New menu bar, navigation, printing, and additional search capabilities are now offered.
Nov 06, 2008 Connection issues page reconfigured to simplify and make more apparent. Information specific to cookie and firewall issues put on separate pages. Additional menu item added.
Sep 30, 2008 Debtor FAQ and Connection issues pages updated with new information.
Sep 26, 2008 The court installed a new version of its ECF system. See the link on our home page.
Sep 22, 2008 Target of external links modified to open most links in same window using that link's URL address rather remaining with this Trustee's URL address. New Case Guidelines letter added to website (see Debtor FAQ's). This letter is mailed to all new filings. It is now included here for additional reference purposes.
July 8-12, 2008 Two members of trustee staff attend annual NACTT educational conference.
May 7, 2008 Decisions page added giving links to decisions of note outside of this district.
Mar 20, 2008 Update to case information. Statement of account printout and view of case status information now show the next expected plan payment due date and any amount required to cure delinquency.
Nov 22&23, 2007 Trustee's office closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 15, 2007 Information on accessing client tax returns is now available from the IRS. See the Attorney FAQ page for more details.
Nov 12, 2007 Trustee's office closed for Veterans Day
Aug 15, 2007 FAQ's added to Attorney and Creditor pages describing regional policy with respect to whether a plan or claim filing controls payment terms. Case Information screen that shows rececipts into a plan is now sorted in descending date order so that most recent information is at the top of the page.
July 24, 2007 Viewing and printing of "Statement of Account", and payment coupons added to debtor browse screen. Printing of receipt information added to receipt view screen. Printing of plan payments to creditors for either a selected creditor or, all creditors added to payments view screen. The above print options require a PDF reader to be installed. Press here to access Adobe's free reader if you do not have one on your machine. Behind the scenes changes made to case information system to speed up retrival of data. Minor additions to connection issues screen
July 9, 2007 Sub menus added to main title bar. Use of sub-menus is optional. Design allows more direct navigation to desired information. Changes made to case information system to speed up retrieval and display of information .
June 30. 2007 The trustee's office will be closed July 4th and 5th.
June 25, 2007 All cases filed after June 1st that have their 341 Hearing scheduled in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Rothschild (Wausau), or Superior will now be heard by Judge Utschig instead of Martin. This office will continue to be Trustee in all western district cases regardless of judge.
June 21, 2007 Page added with instructions on enabling Cookies, Java script, other security, firewall, and antivirus settings that may prohibit the case information from displaying properly on an end users machine. -Update: the instructions on this page are still relevant but apply to older browsers. We recommend you update to the latest browser for your machine.

May 28, 2007

Trustee's office will be closed in honor of memorial day.

Apr 20, 2007

Web site release 2.68. Privacy page updated. IP references replaced by FQDN on internal links. Contact Us page updated. Effective date and time added to case information section.

Apr 20, 2007

Staff attorney from trustee's office will be speaking at WI Bankruptcy Update in Eau Claire.

Apr 17, 2007

Web site release 2.67. Meta tags added to enhance visibility for search engines. Updates to case information section to allow better paging and selection within search results. Clearer search instructions given. Results for null or invalid search now show null data instead of partial null.

Feb 28, 2007

Web site release 2.65. Added county page. Additional Debtor FAQ's. Additional information on 341 hearing page. Added Creditor tab and current claim status information to Case Information lookup. Justification and alignment on Receipt and Payments tabs in Case Information lookup. Clarification of and additional instructions and home links on Case Information initial page.

Feb 22, 2007

Web site release 2.63. Changed formating and style sheets to allow for dynamic flexibility when viewed with different screen resolutions or browser width settings.

Feb 19, 2007

Trustee's office to be closed in honor of President's day. Local CLUG meeting will convene here regardless.

Feb 15, 2007

Web site release 2.61. Added Wausau to Court Hearings. Added links for Wausau court, UST Fraud, Contact_Us re Fraud, Examples shown for case input, Case FAQ and VCIS information added

Feb 14, 2007

Web site release 2.6. Added feature to look up or download the up coming 341 Hearing schedule in HTML or PDF formats. Various sort options given.. Adobe reader download link added.

Feb 09, 2007

Web site release 2.52. Added links for bankruptcy code and rules. Reorganization of links on home page. News page added in. Added links for news, case information, trustee contact to left pane. Contact addresses modified to follow USPS Standardization rules. Email link added to home page. News page access added to title bar.

Feb 07, 2007 Web site release 2.51. Added some Debtor and Atty FAQ's. Repositioned default site layout. Dead links removed. Corrected subject on creditor and debtor FAQ email requests to include subject type. Corrected error message on some pages where scripting expected certain items that that page did not contain.
Feb 06, 2007 Web site release 2.5. Added FAQ pages. Standardized title bar. Added numerous links and addresseses for 341 hearings Added Eau Claire court information. Link for local rules added. Added default page titles.
Feb 05, 2007 Routine for regular updates of case data introduced. Case information shown should now be as of the close of the prior business day. An 'as of' date/time will be forthcoming in a future release. Previously, case nformation was updated just before hearings or other event.
Feb 02, 2007 Web site release 2.3. Significant revisions to site format and style sheets. 341 hearing and Court Pages added. Added numerous links on home page.
Jan 28, 2007 Web site release 2.0 introduced. New site format and style sheets.
Jan 14, 2007 Web site release 1.5. Incorporated case information V1.0 with former trustee web site. Case information updated to include information required for court hearings on initial debtor screen.
Jan 12, 2007 Case information release 1.0 introduced.



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