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  • NOTICE RE: TELEPHONIC §341 MEETINGS AND COURT HEARINGS (Updated 8/12/2020)
    NOTE:  This letter and some forms have changed - please review for updated information! Click here to review information on how our office will be conducting matters scheduled for hearing and 341 Meetings of Creditors.  
  • Working from home
    Our staff is working from home for the next several weeks.   Our preferred method of contact is email, however, our phones are functioning.  Our staff email addresses are firstname.lastname@det13.com.  You can find the names of our employees on the Who Does What, available on a link on this page. We appreciate your patience.
  • Announcement regarding Judge McIvor's retirement and case assignment
    Click here to read the Court's announcement regarding how cases will be handled with Judge McIvor's retirement.
  • Ch 13 Trustee Memo on Bateson
    Click here for a memo outlining how Chapter 13 Trustees in Eastern District of Michigan will handle funds in cases dismissed post-confirmation as required by the Bateson decision.
  • Detroit area Ch 7 Trustee Contact list (2019)
    Click here for an updated Detroit area Ch 7 Trustee contact list.  Please note that our office did not create this list, nor does our office maintain it.  We provide it here as a courtesy to the bankruptcy community.
  • End of Word Perfect support
    Reminder: Per Administrative Order 19-05, Administrative Order Amending ECF Procedures 2(1) and 7(b), the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will no longer accept documents in Word Perfect format effective 10/1/2019.  Our office will reject any documents sent to us in that format starting with the effective date of the Order.   In concurrence with this Order, our office will no longer accept Word Perfect documents.   Please update your documents if you still use Word Perfect.  
  • Future 341 Dockets and Court Hearing Dates List, Upcoming 341 Meetings and Hearing Dates List
    Click here to download a list of all the upcoming 341 Meeting dates, as well as hearing dates for Judge Oxholm and Judge Shefferly for our office.  This document can also be found in the "Office Calendar" section in each tab.
  • Joint Memo Regarding Periodic Billing Statements in Bankruptcy
    Click here to read a Joint Memo from the Eastern and Western District Chapter 13 Trustees regarding Amendments to the Consumer Protection Bureau's Mortgage Servicing Rule regarding Periodic Billing Statements in Bankruptcy.  A sample of the Statement is attached to the memo.
  • New Form Chapter 13 Plan
    The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has entered Administrative Order 17-04 regarding the use of a Local Form for a Chapter 13 Plan.  Click here to download the Court Notice.
  • Schedule Outages (Updated 7/7/2020)
    Our phone system transition is complete and all systems are working again.  You can reach our staff via their direct dial phone numbers, though we prefer that you contact them via email instead.  Please drop a note to rich@det13.com if you have any issues with the phone system.
    Note that there has been a slight change to our conference call system.  The room numbers will be changing.  The number to dial will remain the same.  Please watch for docket messages on the DET13 email list for the new room assignments.
  • Trustee Fee 2019
    Effective October 1, 2018, the US Trustee Program has established the Trustee Fee for cases administered by David Ruskin at 8.5%.  This amount can fluctuate during the course of a fiscal year as well as during the life of a Plan. We encourage the use of a higher rate when calculating cases to account for these changes.
  • Updated Who Does What (3/31/2020)
    Our Who Does What has been updated to reflect changes in our Paralegal Department.  Please download the latest copy and distribute it in your office.    
  • 341 and Court Calendars
    Click HERE to review the call-in information and case lists for upcoming dockets.
  • Debtor Attorneys and the National Data Center
    Click here for an annoucement regarding the our office using the National Data Center to send documents and how the NDC can help debtor attorneys.  Also see our Forms directory for a document on how the NDC can help you.
  • New "no look fee" amount.
    Click here for a joint memo from the Detroit Chapter 13 Trustees regarding "no look" fees.
  • Now Accepting TFS Payments
    The Office of Chapter 13 Trustee – David W. Ruskin is now accepting online payments via TFS, a secure, online payment service company.   Please see the Payments Online page of this site for more information.
  • Notice Regarding Stipulations
  • Have you signed up for Attorney Fees paid via EFT?
    Click here to read about the Electronic Disbursement program!
  • Revised Questions to Ask Debtors at the 341 (UPDATED April 2016)
    Click here to read about the revised "Questions to ask at the 341" form.
  • Ford Motor Payroll Deduction Address