Notice – Office Operations

As of Monday, May 18, 2020, the office will be staffing to cover telephone calls to the main switchboard number, 215-627-1377. The receptionist will attempt to assist the caller, or refer the caller to the appropriate staff person. However, we encourage any inquiries about a particular case issue or court list to be made directly to the paralegal assigned to that judge; and if possible, the use of email to reduce the chances of miscommunications. Contact information is available elsewhere on this site. Thanks for your cooperation and patience.

Update – 5/1/2020

Our recent Notice (below) indicates that effective May 1, our trustee commission is going to 10%. For now, Chapter 13 case filings are down dramatically, and this may well continue. We are conducting solely telephonic 341 meetings. Because of prior continuances, the lists could be a bit busy for the next couple of weeks, but that after that we’ll begin to see the reduction in filings reflected in the 341 schedules. The debtors’ bar has been receptive to our quick change in 341 protocols, which is much appreciated. Virtually all of our staff is now working remotely. We are attempting to answer phone calls, and respond to voice mail messages (although email is preferred). If you have particular issues with your cases, please communicate with the paralegals and/or attorneys assigned to the judge involved. Failing resolution prior to the court lists, please call in to the court on the day in question. Check this site for periodic postings as to developments. We hope that everyone is staying healthy.

NOTICE – Trustee Commission

Effective May 1, 2020, the trustee commission in cases assigned to William C. Miller will be 10.0%, which will be collected on plan payments as they are received.

As we have always recommended, for plan confirmation purposes, please continue to calculate the fee at the ten (10) percent statutory maximum, to avoid having plans which become underfunded due to possible percentage fee changes.

Notice to Bar

This office has received numerous inquiries about how we will be handling case administration issues, including those involving payments, given the severe impact that the recent pandemic has caused. After much deliberation, we have decided that the fairest way to handle all such situations is to continue on a case-by-case basis. We realize that everyone’s situation is different. Some attorneys have been materially impacted, while others have not. Many debtors have been affected – some temporarily and some permanently. These variations in situations do not lend themselves to broad-brush remedies. Each of our staff attorneys is intimately involved with her/his cases. They are going to continue to monitor those cases and will be available to communicate regarding the relevant circumstances. Motions to dismiss will continue to be filed, but all efforts will be made to be responsive to, and flexible with, specific circumstances. While we will be ready to make accommodations, this should not be construed as a carte blanche for those not adversely affected by the pandemic. If there are questions about a case that cannot be remedied before a hearing date, we urge attorneys to appear (via phone) in court to ensure that appropriate dispositions occur.

NOTICE

As is indicated on the court’s site, chapter 13 lists will continue, albeit telephonically. We’ve been working hard to get our staff operating remotely, but this will take some time. As stated before, we’ll be flexible on continuances. We now have all staff attorneys with remote laptops (paralegals should be soon). You should be able to email the staff attorneys. However, their teams that enable them to appear weekly with up to date information as to payments and documents, etc. are not yet operating remotely, so there will be information gaps. The attorneys are doing the best they can to maintain communications, but if you have any concerns about your cases, please call in to the lists in court, as instructed on the court’s site. That way you can hear the case called and provide input.

Continue to use 13documents to upload case documents to us. The staff attorneys should be able to access remotely.

The next scheduled 341 date is 4/1. We’ll work to maintain that date, but any further hearings will be telephonic. We have been provided with conference lines so that attorneys and debtors can call in from separate locations. We’ll provide further info about the procedures in advance of the date. We understand that many of the trustees are using Skype or Zoom. We currently have Skype capabilities so this may be used at some point.

NOTICE – 341 Update 3/19/2020

As recently noted, the United States Trustee will soon be providing conference lines for us to implement all-telephonic Section 341 meetings. Until that is activated, we will be continuing 341 meetings to later dates. Specifically, the 341 meetings we had previously scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020, will be continued to Monday, May 4, 2020; the meetings scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, will be continued to Monday, May 18, 2020. These continuances will be noted on the court’s docket.

Please continue to check this site and the court’s docket for updates. We have also been sending out email “blasts” to attorneys whose email addresses we have. If you have NOT been receiving these and would like to, email us at dnelson@ph13trustee.com, and let us know. Note, however, that the information in those messages will also be posted on this site.

NOTICE – 341 Update

The United States Trustee will soon be providing conference lines for us to implement all-telephonic Section 341 meetings. Until that, and the related procedures, are implemented, we will be continuing 341 meetings to later date(s) to be determined. Please log in to this site for further updates. Thanks for your patience.