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Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and their Attorneys

Official Procedure Last Change June 22, 2018

Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and their Attorneys

How to file:

Location of event: Bankruptcy > Schedules/Statement of Financial Affairs/Initial Required Documents > Rights & Responsibilities - Chapter 13

General Information

  • The Rights and Responsibilities form is used in Chapter 13 cases as part of the alternative process for a debtor's attorney to seek compensation as set forth in S. D. Ind. B-2016-1. Debtor's counsel may seek approval for up to $4,000 in fees if an executed copy of the Rights and Responsibilities form is filed.
  • The Rights and Responsibilities is normally included in the same PDF as the Petition. However, if it was not included at the time of filing of the Petition, it may be filed separately using the instructions below.
  • If the Rights and Responsibilities is being filed along with other documents as part of the filing of the balance of an emergency petition, it may be combined with many of those documents in one PDF. View separate instructions on filing the balance of an emergency petition

Filing requirements 

  • It is recommended that the court's form be used.
  • The form must be signed by the debtor(s) and by the attorney.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Log into CM/ECF.

2. Select Bankruptcy > Schedules/Statement of Financial Affairs/Initial Required Documents.

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

4. Select Rights & Responsibilities - Chapter 13 from the event list and click Next.

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

6. Click to highlight the debtor(s) and click Next.

Note: The "Attorney/Party Association” screen may appear. If your party selection was correct, check the box to create an association and click Next.

7. Browse to select the document to be filed (pdf file). Click Next.

8. Select the appropriate radio button and click Next.

9. Final docket text is displayed. Click Next.

10. 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.