Motion to Consolidate Cases



How to file:

Location of event: Bankruptcy > Motion, Application, or Brief > Consolidate, Motion to



11 USC 302
FRBP 1015


General Information

If you are seeking to maintain separate estates, do not use this event. Instead, review the procedure for the Motion for Joint Administration event.






Note:  Consolidated cases combine estates.  The assets and liabilities will be treated the same thus the chapters for these cases must be the same.  Assets will be combined and distributed to allowed creditors of all member cases.  




Filing Requirements



Note: The order should clearly state the caption to be displayed on all future pleadings and that all docketing will take place in the lead case only.  Download a proposed order template





Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Log into CM/ECF


2.  Select Bankruptcy > Motion, Application, or Brief


3.  Enter the case number (in the format xx-xxxxx) and click Next


4.  Select Consolidate, Motion to from the event list.  Click Next


5. External Users Only: Check box if jointly filing with another attorney, click Next. If jointly filing, select additional attorneys, click Next


6. Click to highlight Party. Click Next. If the party is not listed, click Add/ Create New Party


7. If no new attorney(s) or party was added, skip to next step. If a new attorney or new party was added to the case, check appropriate box(es) to create an association between the attorney and party, click Next. If the associations are not correct, do not check any box, click Next


8.   Browse to select the Motion to Consolidate (pdf file).  Click Next


9.  Enter all case numbers to be consolidated, including the current case number.  Click Next

(Example: 10-1 and 10-2; or 10-1, 10-2 and 10-25)



10.   If applicable, select prefix text and click Next


11. Verify the final docket text; if correct, click Next to submit your document(s).



Note: The Notice of Electronic Filing displays giving you the document number. Copies of this notice are immediately e-mailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case.



Curing Deficiencies

If the Motion to Consolidate is deficient for any reason, an amended Motion must be filed prior to the deficiency deadline using the instructions above, or the bankruptcy case will be reviewed for further judicial action.